Voice Recording Feature

Is there a way to control what quality is used for the voice recorder for memory management purposes?  I want to record at a lower quality than the default (esp. since on the latest firmware it has apparently been raised?).   I had an iRiver product that allowed me to do this.

Also, when I called to ask about this the support agent said that there was a 15 minute max on voice recordings.  I have not done a test but is this true?  I would like to be able to record indefinately.

Thanks

On the clip you have no limit on the voice record time except the flash capacity.
We will consider a future feature to allow adjustment of Voice record quality.  At this point its not part of the product spec.

theres no limit, i recorded 40 minutes which ended up taking 110 mb with the new firmware which is not bad at all.  only becomes a problem if you’re nearly out of space.  compressing with lame -v8 got it to 5mb, and it sounds just fine.

@sansafix wrote:
On the clip you have no limit on the voice record time except the flash capacity.
We will consider a future feature to allow adjustment of Voice record quality.  At this point its not part of the product spec.

SansaFix, are you aware of the noise issue with voice recording? When I first bought my 2 GB Clip, a must have feature was the voice recording. I love the rest of the device features, and I definitely appreciate the responsiveness of the Sansa support, but this voice recording feature leaves a lot to be desired.

First the format of WAV is weak. I realize that compressing while recording is processor intensive, but I am not looking for perfection. My old Lexar LDP600 (512MB) could record in 3 qualities, in WMA format, all at 44kHz sampling:

Low - 32kbps, Mono

Middle - 64kbps, Stereo (yes stereo)

High - 96kbps, Stereo 

Second, when recording using the 20a firmware, there was an audible chirp every so often in the recording. After upgrading the firmware to 29a, that issue seems to have gone away. Recordings sound clean when played back, but when examining the files in the Goldwave editor (which I was using to convert to MP3), I noticed a low-level, repetative noise signal throughout the entire recording. This shows up in every recording made with the device.

I have compared waveforms of simultaneous recordings made with both the Clip and my Lexar, and the Lexar recording is absolutely clean (plus the recording is more full-bodied). The Clip recording shows the distinctive noise signal superimposed on the recording. Also the Clip recording seems to not have as much bass and low mid-range in the signal as it sounds more “tinny” when compared to the more natural sounding Lexar recording.

I can send you samples of both to compare, and I can send you a picture of the repetative noise signal on the waveform of the recording if you desire. I really like my Clip, and want to see it improve. Also I am contemplating getting a larger (memory size) Fuse (or Clip) in the future, provided it can also do voice recording - with a cleaner result. 

BTW I originally ordered the 4 GB Clip but immediately cancelled the order when I discovered the display issue. I eventually purchased the 2 GB model because I didn’t see the root cause of the display issue being addressed on the 4 GB Clip (it’s the coating - not the firmware).