3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 27, 2010 6:54 PM by louie
Suze215 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I'm looking to buy a Mac compatible Digital voice recorder for interviews (I'm a journalist). Needs are one that is easy and basic, where I don't need to download any software if possible. I'm going to be doing lengthy interviews and need something that can stand up to travel & length of time (about 2-3 hrs per interview). Thanks for an input. Apple store couldn't help.... thanks!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Silver472 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well, I don't know if that's what you're looking for, but I was looking for an application to record voice on the Mac today, and GarageBand does it.

    You just have to run the app, and say you'd like to record a voice, and then you press the record button on the left side. After that, you can even edit the sound in GarageBand.

    I don't know if that's the app that you're looking for, but it records voice.

    Hope I helped!
  • Suze215 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks so much Silver but no need to have a hand held device. Something small that will not offend or disturb situation. I have my MacBook Pro with me but cannot bring it along to certain places. Many thanks for your response but not what i was looking for. Cheers! S
  • louie Level 4 Level 4 (2,945 points)
    For a high quality portable audio recorder, I've been very happy with the Olympus LS-10, but it is more expensive that the ordinary voice recorder, on the order of $250USD. If you want quality, this has it. I am disappointed at the sound quality of the voice recorders I have tried. It's stereo, about the size of a pack of cigarettes (if anybody remembers that). The built-in microphones are not perfect for music (reduced bass and boosted highs), but are excellent for voice. The device records about 10 hours continuously on 2 AA batteries. It has tiny speakers and earphone jack, and an iPod-easy menu system. It requires no software to transfer files. You connect the USB cable to the Mac, and the recorder shows up on the desktop for you to move whatever files you wish. You can record in WAV, MP3 or WMA formats at several bit depths and sample rates to balance quality with file size.

    There are many competing products (Sony, Tascam, Marantz, others) that have some similar characteristics, but I have no experience with them - except some Zoom products I tried were poor.