It's not the cheapest or the smallest way to go, but if you want the best-sounding pocket-size audio recorder on the market, you needn't look any further than the Edirol R-09HR. As an update to the original Edirol R-09 that debuted in 2006, the new HR edition addresses nearly every complaint we had of its predecessor, and even adds a few tricks we didn't know we wanted (like a remote control).
We recently took a look at two new wireless headsets available on the market and pitted them against one another. The Creative Digital Wireless Gaming headset HS-1200 and the Logitech ClearChat PC Wireless headset both offer similar functionality, but only one can be worth your hard-earned cash.
Both the Creative and Logitech are rechargeable units that use USB dongles to transmit audio to their respective headset. However, we were much happier with the transmission radius of the Creative. The Logitech gave us up to 20 feet of freedom, but the Creative was able to let us travel up to 60 feet away from our PC. This was especially nice while using the VoIP chatting program Skype.
Speaking of Skype,… Read more
The Belkin GoStudio is one of the more professional audio recording accessories we've seen for the iPod. At around $120, it's also one of the cheapest ways to make uncompressed stereo recordings--period. Last week, we put the GoStudio through its paces by recording everything we could think of (piano, bad karaoke, street sounds, electric guitar, drippy faucets, old records, barking dogs) with its impressive combination of XLR, minijack, and 1/4-inch inputs, as well as its own built-in stereo microphones.
The verdict? You'll just have to read our full review to see if the Belkin GoStudio is … Read more
Companies have tried just about everything to come up with different themes for the ubiquitous iPod dock, whether they be inspired by Legos or bathtub suds. But unlike so many others, Alesis has come up with a combo function that may actually be useful.
Its "ProTrack" is a handheld dock with two built-in condenser microphones that record directly to the media player. Rather than a separate unit that might pull the iPod off the table by an attached plug, the ProTrack is designed to secure the player firmly in its grasp no matter how carried away you might … Read more
At first glance the "Snowflake" looked more like something you'd find on a kitchen counter than the desktop, maybe a small strainer or cheese grater. But it's actually a plug-and-play USB microphone that's touted as having professional quality.
Its most noticeable feature, however, is a tiny size that makes it extremely portable. The mic can be unfolded and clipped onto a laptop like a portable Webcam, according to Coolest-Gadgets, then retract back into its compact case when not in use.
We're exactly not sure who would need something like this unless it's used … Read more
Talk about a bad case of cell phone addiction. Chinavasion describes this as the ultimate hands-free device, and for good reason: It's a tiny microphone designed to be embedded in the teeth.
If we weren't told otherwise, we'd swear this was an April Fool's prank. But the "Bluetooth Dentacom" is apparently for real, a "composite resin filling" that will "pick up sound and vibrations from your mouth to produce incredibly clear sound," according to GeekAlerts.
But take note of the distributor's advice: "All dental work should be performed … Read more
This is one of those gadgets that has Maxwell Smart written all over it. With all the mouse phones available today--or even keyboard phones, for that matter--it's beyond us why anyone would want this silly-looking model with a microphone sticking out of it like a mutant appendage. Its saving grace, if it can be called that, is that it costs only $16, according to SlashGear. But we'd just as soon use the money to make a regular cell call.
Last week I had the opportunity to watch an experienced producer do the initial miking to record a traditional rock band in a more-or-less live setting--two guitars, bass, and drums, recorded simultaneously. (Vocals are almost always overdubbed later, even in this kind of set-up. This band was also adding keyboards later.) I've been on the other side many times as a bass player, but this is the first time the producer asked me for my opinions, then explained why he was placing the mikes where he was.
Now, entire books could be (and have been) filled with advice on … Read more