USB audio input devices
naomi.palosaari at UTAH.EDU
Tue May 25 13:16:41 UTC 2010
I have heard good reports of the M-Audio USB Pre also (but never tried
A cheap USB interface device which does this is the iMic (about
$35USD). I carry one around with me as an emergency tool. In my
experience, it has automatically interfaced with the computer, so I
haven't had to figure out how to add it as a recording/listening
device. It goes from USB to stereo (3.5mm) plug and can be switched
from microphone to speaker/headphone function, and it can also
function to boost speaker output a bit which can be handy if you are
trying to play something and need the speakers just a bit louder.
It has no way adjust input or output directly, so that must be done on
the computer software end or the microphone/speaker end, or both. This
is definitely not the device I would choose if it was my only option
in the field. But it does come in handy for some tasks, and I have
used it for emergency situations to record direct to the computer. And
it also can be useful if you run across a cassette tape which a
community member is not willing to let out of their possession, since
you can use it to digitize from a cassette player (as long as a player
has a headphone jack which is 3.5mm size can be located) directly to
Center for American Indian Languages
University of Utah
On May 25, 2010, at 4:03 AM, Ken Manson wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have been using the M-audio USB Pre and are very happy with the
> http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/MobilePreUSB.html .
> Direct recording to computer (without the M-audio device) often
> caused the recording to skip/crash – just way too much data for my
> laptop’s sound card to handle.
> Currently here in Thailand M-audio products are on special (wish I
> had waited) and the USB pre can be picked up for around USD100 (the
> US website lists it at USD179).
> With the M-audio USB pre I am able to record in stereo or mono with
> Audacity (and Sony SoundForge) with no problems.
> The only problem with the M-audio is that it is possible to get a
> blue screen by unplugging it while the computer is still running.
> Ken Manson
> From: John Hatton [mailto:john_hatton at sil.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, 25 May 2010 1:41 PM
> To: 'Daryn McKenny'; Resource-Network-Linguistic-Diversity at unimelb.edu.au
> Subject: RE: USB audio input devices
> >Supposedly the H4N can do it:
> Thing is, the H2 had a similar claim, but when I actually tried it,
> it was limited to some lower frequency/bit level (I forget the
> details). So now I’m wary...
> John Hatton
> SIL Papua New Guinea, Palaso, & SIL International Software Development
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