Toolkit: Recording Your Digital History

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This week on Spark, we're sharing some tips for getting started with digital recording.  If you've always wanted to record your kids, but you thought it was too expensive or too complicated, take heart!  It's actually really easy and increasingly affordable to capture sound and store it in a digital format.

There are three different ways to get started: with an accessory mic for your mp3 player, with a stand-alone sound recorder, or with a microphone to plug directly into your computer. Lately, we've been really excited about these little accessory microphones. At around $70, they're really affordable, they fit in your pocket, and the quality of recording is pretty amazing.  Best of all, there are a whole schwack of them to choose from so you shouldn't have too much trouble tracking one down. The one you'll hear us use is the Belkin TuneTalk, but it's just one of many.  You can read about others, and hear how well they record,here.

When it comes to stand-alone recorders and other microphones, you have a lot of options ranging from just over $50 to hundreds and hundreds of dollars, and the choice you make is going to depend on whether you're using the device to record your band's newest song for your MySpace page, or your niece reading her favourite bedtime story. Rather than going into all that detail here, you should head to Transom - a really amazing site that will answer all your recording questions.

Finally, if you're looking for some editing software to manage the recordings you've done, check out Audacity.  It's pretty user-friendly, there are loads of tutorials for it, and best of all, it's totally free!


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