Went up to a canyon nearby my city (Salt Lake City) today, first real snow fall of the year. Found hundreds of birds feasting on berries in the snow, the sound was amazing. Luckily I captured it on my iPod, perfect.

Posted by enfused on October 30, 2003 at 6:40 PM (PDT) Comment 41

wait, you captured the snow falling or the birds eating? or both? how much snow and how big were the birds? were they eating wild berries or strawberries? please provide detailed specifications and exact dimensions on your out-of-house experience....

Posted by jiggy on October 30, 2003 at 8:33 PM (PDT) Comment 42

well, everyday is an out of house experience, i captured the birds talking to each other while eating wild berries.

Posted by enfused on October 31, 2003 at 10:11 AM (PDT) Comment 43

I have the recorder and until there is a software update allowing for an input gain change or automatic limiter, this thing is kind of a piece of junk.

Normal speaking voice at 6 inches produces an incredible amount of very nasty distortion. And there's no level meter so you are on your own guessing whether you are speaking at the correct volume or not!

Any digital recorder needs these features as digital distortion is much much uglier than analog tape distortion!

Hopefully Apple will fix this in firmware 2.2

Posted by dude on November 3, 2003 at 6:57 PM (PDT) Comment 44

uh oh bad news. this is the first time i've read about this problem and my unit arrives from america in about 2 weeks...maybe by then there will be a firmware update,,,are you currently using 2.1? assume so....

Posted by jiggy on November 3, 2003 at 7:39 PM (PDT) Comment 45

That would be a nice feature, I like to use my recorder to get samples and dub it up. Some stuff from the field turns out to be trash and unusable when brought back to the studio. There should be a level meter while recording, then when you push the center button you have the ability to set the input volume.

Posted by enfused on November 3, 2003 at 7:46 PM (PDT) Comment 46

Yeah, that's what I'm saying- very easy to use the scroll wheel to adjust level, but also an auto-level feature would be nice with a brickwall limiter, you know? It wouldn't sound good all the time, but at least it would be better than those crappy digital spikes!

And yes, jiggy, I'm using 2.1... that's the only firmware that works with the recorder.
Don't be sorry you bought it, it still is a cool addition to your iPod!

Posted by dude on November 4, 2003 at 12:03 AM (PDT) Comment 47

Yeah, it's definately cool, what would be nice is an auto and manual limiter, and maybe a three band EQ, and a new mic input with an XLR. That would be sweet!

Posted by enfused on November 4, 2003 at 11:26 AM (PDT) Comment 48

Just got my recorder. It records pretty well and the speaker can be used to listen to music as well if you dont want your headphones in your ear. It is smaller than i had expected. So far so good.

Posted by OLLIE on November 11, 2003 at 8:20 PM (PDT) Comment 49

The voice memo is only that,even a moderately loud or close sound results in appalling distortion.Until an input level control is available this recorder is only useful for voice memos,forget abut live music or even speaking into it in an environment with ambient noise.They call it "voice memo" for a reason.

Posted by octavio on November 17, 2003 at 4:10 PM (PDT) Comment 50

Well I have it and you sure can't sing near it

the distortion is unbelievable! Awfuk the feedback and the fact that you can'f adjust the gain means that any high note peaks out. and that is even from across the room. Belkin told me its not for music and they mean it! Basicly belkin does good UPS and cables but music is another thing and what we need is a microphone that is nmade by music people
This is a cheesy mike for anything but dictation
think of it as a hasbro pda mike.

Posted by Marla S Wilson on November 18, 2003 at 11:25 PM (PDT) Comment 51

This Item is crap. It F@#$ up my ipod up.
Ever since I pluged this shet in, my ipod has never been tha same. It gets lock/frozen and there are problems in the playback. It sounds crapy too. FFF-

Posted by steve on November 21, 2003 at 10:21 PM (PDT) Comment 52

just got the recorder for Japan trip. Bad quality, plus, the hard drive spins up for EVERYTHING that the voice recorder does (record, play, browse voice samples. I have not used it more thanthe first time for fear of running down the battery. Plus, the quality sucked.

Posted by charlu on November 28, 2003 at 4:06 AM (PDT) Comment 53

Yeah, so far, this thing blows. I can't record a single sentence without it distorting -- painfully. The hard drive spin up is a joke. You have to wait a couple seconds after you hit record before you can actually begin. Belkin also threw in a crappy speaker for good measure. For the price they charge for this thing, Belkin should be ashamed.

Posted by The Man on November 28, 2003 at 10:48 PM (PDT) Comment 54

If this unit is not recalled then they can get away with
selling anything! Makes any answering machines ability to record seem world class!!! You CAN plug any mic in you want so don't let apple tell you otherwise.... (No compresson...No level ajustment...)
That makes sense? WHAT A SCAM

Posted by thom on November 29, 2003 at 2:21 AM (PDT) Comment 55

My boyfriend's old Archos records miles better than this. When I record through my iPod it sounds like I am using a tin can. I hope someone brings out a better version soon so he stops making fun of my iPod.

Posted by heyhey on November 29, 2003 at 12:44 PM (PDT) Comment 56

GriffinTech Is making a better one that features line in and is not as bulky.

Posted by iBookiPod on December 6, 2003 at 4:11 PM (PDT) Comment 57

I knew what I was getting into, so I suppose my review would be that this is not as bad as I thought it would be. It's definitely functional. As a songwriter who travels a lot, this will get a lot of use.
I'm hoping that somebody else will come out with a better quality microphone, perhaps with a built-in limiter. That would decrease the distortion factor.
8 mHz mono isn't the best, but at least it's digital, and for now it's all we've got...

Posted by MarkLee on December 10, 2003 at 9:48 PM (PDT) Comment 58

I don't know where they are buying this for 60 bucks but I just got one from the Apple Store in the Grove (Mall in Los Angeles Cali for all you out of state folk) for 19 bucks. At this price point, it is more than worth it. Quality is fine and I find it useful for what I intend to do with it. Just dont get too close to your source or the distortion is pretty bad. Not sure how omnidirectional it can be with the little tic tac hole leading to the mic. I constantly have to record memos, grocery lists, phone numbers etc and this is perfect for that.

Posted by pumi on December 23, 2003 at 3:36 PM (PDT) Comment 59

Also see some disappointing comments on the belkin v.r. at Apple's discussion forums (ipod:voice recorder) here:[email protected]@.599ac838

Threads tend to center on the crackling/clipping issue, as well as occassional loose connections and overall unrealiability... other threads point to threads here at ipodlounge. Looks like many of us will be awaiting a future voice recorder from Griffin, and hopefully it will be better...

A few threads:

"Disappointed in Belkin"[email protected]@.599b72aa

"Belkin clips harshly, and easily"[email protected]@.599d9f6f

Posted by Santaduck on December 24, 2003 at 10:39 PM (PDT) Comment 61

I can't seem to make my new voice recorder work. When i plug it in nothing happens and there is no "voice memo" option in my extras menu. Can anyone help or is it just a dud?

Posted by Aidz on January 7, 2004 at 8:28 AM (PDT) Comment 62

I had incredible problems with distortion using the belkin microphone. Even with low levels the distortion was so bad the it
pretty much made the microphone useless.

I am hoping that Griffins version of this mike will work better.

I am also looking for a small digital recorder which can handle an external mike and has excellent frequency response. Its amazing that there is really not much out there right now.

Posted by Ipodder on January 18, 2004 at 10:53 AM (PDT) Comment 63

Ur all screw this is the best thin the world has seen with the G5 so all u mac haters beta watch it cuz macs rock./.... yeah macs rock

Posted by James on January 28, 2004 at 9:23 PM (PDT) Comment 64

Does anyone know if you can use XPlay or other software to drag these WAV voice files off the iPod? Then I can turn them into nice small MP3s and put them back on the iPod. ;^)


Posted by Paul on January 31, 2004 at 4:48 PM (PDT) Comment 65
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