Equipment you will need
We've put together some suggestions on choices (microphone, headphones,
adaptors, and either a portable cassette tape recorder or a mini-disc
recorder) you will need when gathering material for your radio
You need a recorder and a microphone. Built-in mics just don't
cut it (unless you just can't get your hands on anything else).
Radio reporters tell SNN that Sony minidisc recorders are the
Sony Net MD Walkmans Portable Minidisc Recorders: MZN505S
and MZN707S are two recommended models. Costs range between
Cassette recorders will do as well. Several Sony models will
fit the bill. Costs range between $100 - $400 - depends on how
much you can spend and quality you are looking for.
Here are some models to check out: Sony Cassette Recording Walkmans:
WMGX400 and WMSR1; Cassette Recorders: TCM465V and TCM900DV.
You need a mic if you are going to interview someone. Cost range
from $100 to $200. Shure SM-58 microphone, Electrovoice RE-50,
Electrovoice RE50 and Audio Technica AT8358 are mics that work well.
You'll need an adaptor to connect mics to your recorder: Sony molded right-angle XLR. Check at your local electronics store for this adaptor and others.
If you are doing recording, you'll need a headphone. Headphones
are necessary to check your sound. What you hear and what your
mic hears are often different things, so wear the headphones
to make sure there are no humming sounds that will disrupt your
You'll need a sound card to put your audio recording onto your
computer. Most computers have sound cards. Check your computer to find the name of your soundcard. The quality of your sound card will make a difference to the quality of your audio. CoolEdit recommends a 16-bit sound card. Based on the amount of digital recording you do and the sound you are getting, you may want to upgrade your soundcard.
Once you have determined your soundcard capabilities, it is time
to hook your recorder to your computer in order to transfer
the audio onto your computer. You will need a mini-jack to connect
the two. Usually your needs will be satisfied by a stereo mini-to-mini
jack for sound input and output (approx. $10 at your local electronics
If you want to record from your microphone, connect its cable
to your sound card's Mic In (or mic) port.
If you want to record from another source, such as your tape
player or keyboard, attach its cable to your sound card's Line
In port. As mentioned above you will need an adapter in order
to attach a stereo component (such as your minidisk or cassette recorder)to your
To set up your computer for audio recording, check out CoolEdit's
How-to Guide: http://support.syntrillium.com/howto/howto_001.html
Still Confused!Go to your local electronics store and chat with the sales rep. Tell them what you want to do....they will help you find what you need.