I have been using the Sansa Clip with our ministry for two and a half years. I bought it for the live audio recording capabilities. I have recorded sermons on it every month with fantastic results. I have bought at least six of the 2G model. At times the device has given me fits, but overall, those who see it in use are amazed and fascinated. You may sample my recordings at
http://sermon.net/kteamsusa You can even see it on the collar of everyone I record
As someone said above you have to clip it on the speaker’s collar for best results. For acoustic guitar singers I have clipped it on the mike stand cable behind the mike. I have clipped it onto the cloth on the pulpit or even just laid it there. People with very baggy necks tend to hit the plastic with their skin. If the speaker comes into contact the SansaClip, rubs it or bumps it, you get a crackle or a pop on your recording.
I edit most of my recordings in Garage Band and clean up those noises.
I use the Sansa Clip exclusively now for voice overs and announcer intros on recordings.
I also use them for videos.
I go into Final Cut and synch up the audio feed with the original video sound. kinda tricky, because the capture rates can vary and you have to change the speed of one or cut out a frame now and then to catch up.
PROBLEMS with live recording:
Over the years there are nightmares with the clip.
I used to get mad and send them back for warranty coverage. I’ve found the firmware update repairs some, but not all problems.
Randomly you will get an error message when you want to record that says something like “not enough database space” followed by the unit crashing. Now I simply hold the on off switch firmly up till it turns it off, then repeat the process to turn it back on, which usually eliminates the message.
One of my units has always made a high pitch squeal for about 15 seconds when you start a recording that goes away, but ruins quick recordings.
I had one shut off after 3 1/2 minutes every time you record. I had one that would skip a syllable of the talk.
The sansa clip is fine as an mp3 player that you load from your computer. My wife hates it because it is not user friendly like an iPod. You have to know how to click up and down the menus.
FM playback: my son and I took two units to a Rangers baseball game and listened to the play by play with our earphones. Personal radios.
Storing music: If you change the name of a .wav file and leave it on the unit. it no longer shows up on the player scrreen. It’s still there, but you can only play in off your computer.
Now if I have a problem with a SansaClip i just grab another one. I like to take two or three to a live event and put one one several people to record them.
I love the Sansa Clip, even with it’s defects.