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Voice Recorders

If you’re looking at buying a voice recorder, here is some great information from Tom Condon, a fellow barbershopper, who tested three recorders and is kind enough to share his findings:

The models we tested were three Olympus and one Sony:
> Olympus WS-500M
> Olympus WS-700M
> Olympus VN-8100PC
> Sony ICD UX-200

Sound Quality:  All four recorders have very good sound replication. I have not tested them for overtone re-creation, though. The microphones on all recorders picked up sound well, though, and with earphones the playback is clear and clean. Some of them have noise filtering options, but in my opinion they are not needed enough to justify that as a criterion for selection. It would involve some in-depth study of the capabilities in order to adjust this, and we don’t wish the average member to need to do that.

My impressions, having worked with all four, and recorded my voice on all four:  I would buy either the Sony ICD-UX200 or the Olympus WS-700M immediately if I were purchasing now. Both are very good values for the cost, both have the attachments for a strap to hang it around the neck, both are easy to work once properly set up. I’d lean towards the 700. There are three principle reasons:
1. The Sony has so many features that we don’t want in the hands of Joe Barbershopper (like speed adjustment).
2. The Sony required more setup that actually required looking at the manual. It wasn’t anything difficult, but it was more than I’ll
ask our average guy to do.
3. The 700 was easy to set up to turn out mp3 files instead of wav files (the anti-windows factor).
I will recommend the Olympus WS-700M.

Finding Your Voice – Carolyn Sloan  (pg 74)

Realize that as a singer, you are drawing on your natural abilities.  We are all capable of singing from a heightened state if we remember that emotion equals energy.  
When you allow yourself to emote without reservation, you allow all your body’s energy to surface
As your energy surfaces, it becomes available to fuel your breath which in turnwill support sounds with the pressure it creates.  
This is much like an airplane as it begins to leave the ground.  When the plane takes off, there exists a gravitational pull downward while the plane creates an opposing force to go up.  What results is a tension between the ground and the plane.  If the force pulling the plane down were equal to the force pushing the plane up, the plane would merely be suspended in air.  (This happens when the plane finds a cruising altitude and reduces sits speed so as to stabilize the ascent.) During takeoff, however, the push up must overpower the gravitational pull downward. 


When you sing, you must act like the plane in takeoff and break through the “gravity barrier”.  You must create breath so fueled with energy that it will be able to sustain a full spectrum of sound.  Understanding this, are you aware of where your body’s natural “gravitational pull” is located?

We agreed this was a low center of gravity….  your “globe” …. your “power center”.

If you want more breath – more support – sing with more emotion – emote without reservation – all your body’s energy to surface…. nk