Digital Voice Recorders
recommend the use the the Olympus WS-700M, WS-600S, WS-321, WS-311M, WS-300M or WS-100
digital voice recorders. Academic Technology checks out these
digital recorders for faculty members wishing to make audio recordings.
Typically they are used to record lectures, which are
then posted to Blackboard. Checkouts
can be for one-time events or semester length. These recorders are
USB devices that utilize flash RAM, meaning that you
record digitally on them, and then connect them to your
computer to transfer the files.
The WS-300 series and prior are excellent
digital recorders that records in WMA (Windows Media Audio) format. It is also a USB
device that will plug directly into any USB port for file transfer.
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more information. If you wish to convert your WMA files to the
more universal MP3 format, we recommend the use of
Audio Converter, a freeware utility. If you do not wish to
convert your files, but simply upload them to Blackboard or your web
site, create a link nearby to
Windows Media Components for Quicktime, so that students with Macs
can play the files in Quicktime. Alternatively, students with Macs
can simply import the files to iTunes and they will be converted
The current version of the Olympus digital audio
recorder is the
WS-700M. Both the 700M and the
WS-600S, record in WMA or MP3 format natively, so posting the MP3
file does not require conversion. Several are available for checkout.
Below are links to the documentation and manuals for
the various voice recorders we have checked out over the years [PDF]:
Gray to request digital voice recorder check out.