My Microtrack broke!

I love my Microtrack 24/96 portable digital audio recorder which I bought a few months ago, as my post in June not so subtly (nor concisely) illustrates. It’s been the perfect recording device when on the move. I’ve made quite a few podcasts with this cool gadget, the last one being in Sweden last week. I used it to record some conversations at the Edinburgh conference on Wednesday which I hope to get posted here as podcasts by the weekend.…

Impressive Microtrack portable audio recorder

As a podcaster, I often record face-to-face interviews as well as presentations, workshops and other events for uses such as the For Immediate Release podcast series I do with my colleague Shel Holtz. Such recordings take place on the road, ie, away from the office and the desktop PC-based recording set-up. So a portable recorder is pretty much essential. I have an iRiver IFP-790 portable recorder which has served me very well on the road. At times, I use the…

Reporting from the front line at Tesco

It seemed a good idea – visit our nearest 24-hour Tesco store at about 10pm so as to pick up some essentials. We thought it made good sense instead of doing that today when undoubtedly stores everywhere will surely be packed with last-minute Christmas shoppers. So into Tesco Reading we go last night, and what a sorry experience it was. The place was packed. Car park almost full and with one large remote area without lighting. It seemed as if…

Gordon Brown talks innovation

I spent most of Tuesday at The Innovation Edge, a one-day conference and exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Put very simply, The Innovation Edge “aims to provoke thought and encourage debate about innovation.” It was organized by NESTA. It’s worth explaining concisely what NESTA is as until I registered for the conference a month ago, I have to admit that while I knew of NESTA, I had little idea of what this organization does: NESTA is the National…

Tips on microphones and related podcast questions

As a podcaster, I often do interviews and other audio recordings when on the road. Clients’ offices, in hotels, airports, at conferences, you name the place, opportunities often arise for recording a conversation that may end up as a podcast. My preferred portable audio recorder remains the Microtrack 24/96, about which I wrote an enthusiastic review in 2006 just after I bought it. My enthusiasm for it hasn’t dimmed in spite of the product support issue (resolved) I had with…

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