• You can still find the Lapel Mic by googgling "griffin lapel ipod mic"
  • For those wanting a higher level recording setup (for Music Teachers) look to M-Audio ProTools MP - MobilePre Bundle #5263 @
  • Tim on Thursday, March 03, 2005 at 10:30 AM -0500 wrote: Here you go. We love this thing.. We have found that we get some interference on channel one. We use channel 2 or 3. I had great success with a Sure SM58 last year (expensive, over $100.) The sound was rich and full. I had to "jack down" to an eighth inch plug from a quarter inch plug (Apple makes a great gizmo for Garage Band that makes this easy with a short, flexible cable as opposed to a rigid piece of metal sticking out of the camera.)
  • My experience with mics generally is that you get what you pay for. We use Bogen (Manfrotto) tripods here. Very sturdy and not too expensive (well worth it as you know!) Gitzo is wonderful but pricey. As per shotgun mics: try the Sennheiser MKE 300, a low cost gem for desktop video applcations. Mount it on a HAMA hotshoe mount (German made, adjustable and less than $10 Gregory Fleischer
  • Regardless of brand you buy change the camcorder's audio to 16-bit/48k. The 12-bit/32k setting causes so many issues when editing on a computer? Tim M.

Digital Voice RecordersEdit

  • We create podcasts using basic Olympus VN-480 PC digital voice recorders
  • The details on my voice recorder are: Olympus VN-960PC 128MB Digital Voice Recorder with USB Connection. It has a seemingly endless capacity for files and they are easy to download. I got it from for under $50 last spring.
  • We've used the iRiver T30 which has an internal microphone is costs a little over $100. The problem is that it is windows only.
  • Our foreign language teachers use little MuVo V100 recorders -they are Mac and PC compatible - fairly inexpensive and durable.

Instructional Applications of Voice RecordingEdit

  • Microsoft Word works well in getting a whole class assessed at the same time. The teachers can record their oral questions ahead of time and the students can respond back. They can also insert a photo and provide written prompts like describe what one person is wearing, or what would you say if you approached this group. All you need is a set of laptops and earphones with an attached microphone. In Word, you can click on Insert - Object. Scroll down to the bottom and click on WAV Sound and click the OK button. A box will appear with the typical record, stop, and play buttons. I usually put the information into a table with the teacher's questions on the left side and the student answers on the right side. I also have a reminder of how to insert the sound file in the table as well. I've used this with great success with various age groups, even second graders. The teachers can drag the sound files to different locations in the table to create multiple copies of the same assessment to reduce cheating. Good luck on your search.

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