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Subject: Re: Laptop as field recorder
From: "umashankar" umashanks
Date: Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:22 am ((PST))
there is only one problem. almost all the laptops i have seen have a mono m=
icrophone input. they have a stereo connector, and can record to two channe=
ls, but it still is mono. if you want to use a laptop it is worth looking f=
or a small lowcost usb powered devices which contain two mic preamps and fa=
r better a-d convertors than your laptop. it will not add much to size, and=
 these days, to cost.


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----- Original Message ----
From: Peter Nielsen <>
Sent: Monday, December 24, 2007 8:22:25 AM
Subject: Re: [Nature Recordists] Laptop as field recorder

It occurred to me to use my laptop computer, with external mics
(stereo), as a semi-portable field recorder. One advantage is that by
using something like Spectogram, you can see the both channels on
screen during and after recording.

There are also combined oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer programs such as=

If it works well, I could purchase a more compact laptop on eBay. Can
anyone who has successfully tried this offer any expert advice?
Recommended hardware setup, best software and control settings, etc.
How do the results compare with other techniques?

I would be using two EM-158 mics mounted on the lid. I don't know if
laptop mic inputs are normally powered.

Peter Nielsen

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