How to Record Readings


Since moving to Denver last week, I had a chance to use my Olympus Digital Voice Recorder with my Sony digital recording microphone. This combination of relatively cheap equipment (~$200 total) creates good quality recordings in .wav format which can easily be converted to MP3’s using Switch, a free audio format converter. Once a file is converted to MP3, it can be edited and exported using Audacity with the LAME MP3 encoder. This combination of hardware and software works well for me in terms of portability, price, and ease of use. Anyone interested in making an online audio archive of readings could record them using this stuff and then host it on WordPress. There might be better hardware, software, and web hosting options out there but I figured I would give some specific examples.

6 Responses to “How to Record Readings”

  1. Hey Eric. If you come across any good readings out there, you should send them my way (or just post here).

  2. 2 neg

    To the sound has no noise in it!

  3. 3 Rod

    hi Eric, is there anything relatively affordable that records directly to mp3? Thinking what to get for DC readings, we’ve been too spotty in our recording here . . .

  4. All of the current Olympus Digital Voice recorders use WMA format, which can be converted to MP3 with free software. I think that Olympus used to make an MP3 recorder but it’s unavailable now. If anyone out there knows of a good, relatively cheap MP3 recorder, please leave a comment. _E

  5. 5 jon

    The problem with recording direct to mp3 (if you can find one) is that you probably won’t be able to set the audio quality of the mp3— chances are you’ll end up with something that is either too high (large files) or something too low (poor sound). You could re-encode something that is too high, but you’ll lose a little extra— it’s like the photocopier effect.

    WAV format is lossless, so no matter what you convert it to you’ll only lose as much as you intend to in terms of sound.

    You can actually open the wav files in audacity and then export them as mp3. I’ve never tried this for larger files though so maybe it would suck since WAV files tend to be huge. Anyway, to do it you need to get lame lib ( ). Then you just click on “File” and “Export as…” and choose “MP3.” Audacity will ask were it is the first time but from then on you are gold. That would cut one application out of the picture at least.

  6. Eric,

    There are many great iPod recorders available on the market today. They record to mp3 format and you retrieve them via iTunes.

    They run for $50 – $60.

    Here’s the iTalk Pro for $40 for example.

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