Recording speech

  johnincrete 08:17 25 Nov 2010

My trusty Olympus Digital Recorder was stolen and I need to record about 10 hours of speech for burning onto CD.
Before I go and get a Digital Recorder replacement, can anyone advise me of the alternative: recording direct into the computer.

What would be a specification for a good quality microphone that I can give to a audio supplies shop?

What software should I use? (I have Wavepad and Audacity v1.2.6 - the former is dead simple, the latter I have not fathomed out yet) It is quite probable that I will want to add background music.

  johnincrete 08:18 25 Nov 2010

I have seen mp3 players that can record. They are much cheaper than digital recorders but what is the quality like?

  eedcam 08:44 25 Nov 2010

Audacity should be fine here's a how to
click here

  Chris_Byers 10:37 25 Nov 2010

With microphones you can spend as little as £4.99 and as much as £200 depending on the quality and features list, but without breaking the bank Maplin do a USB (USB is always handy as some computers\laptops do not have a 3.5mm input jack) microphone designed for podcasting and vocal recording for £39.99 here: click here
I would have to say that if you specialise in vocal work it would be a false economy to try and muddle through with something cheaper and of lower quality.
As for recording software, Audacity is probably the best free recording package you can get and will allow you to lay many other tracks over the top of your voice should you need to in the future. There are many online tutorials and plenty on YouTube etc.

  mooly 12:18 25 Nov 2010

If it's just for speech... something different here,
click here

click here

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