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Registered: ‎07-15-2009

Enquiring about quality of recording with Sansa Clip

I am considering purchasing the Sansa Clip, to be used often for recording lectures, and occasionally from the radio. I am concerned about the recording quality, since previous experience with devices that record in WAV format severely limit sound quality. (I have used other devices that record in MP3 format, with quite good, clear sound.)

Can someone please send me a sample file of voice & radio recordings (converted to MP3) so I can evaluate the suitability for my needs?

 

 

Any other recommendations would also be appreciated.

TIA

SanDisk User
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Registered: ‎06-08-2008

Re: Enquiring about quality of recording with Sansa Clip

The thing that surprised me about recording off the radio is that the produced wav file is only 22050 hz instead of the 44100 I was expecting from ripping CDs.  I haven't tried to record voice yet.
Newbie
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Re: Enquiring about quality of recording with Sansa Clip

The question is how is the sound quality?
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Re: Enquiring about quality of recording with Sansa Clip

The sound quality of voice recordings is usable if the speaker is within 2 or 3 feet of the player. It won't be great though. The sound quality for FM recording is disappointing for music, but would be okay for a talk show.

To record speech, it might be a good idea for the speaker to clip the player to his shirt. The Clip will not do a good job of recording a lecture from the back of a large room.

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Re: Enquiring about quality of recording with Sansa Clip

I have no problem putting the device directly in front of the speaker (lecturer). But I need the result to be a crystal-clear recording. Can someone send me a sample voice recording (converted to MP3 format)?

TIA

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Re: Enquiring about quality of recording with Sansa Clip

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A sample recording or even several samples won't give you an idea of the sound quality in real use, as the mic is not directional, and it will pick up fan noise and other noise in the room. I have experimented recording with my Clip and my Fuze. Distance from the lecturer is crucial. If the lecturer clips the player to his shirt pocket then results can be quite good. On his desk, even two or three feet from his mouth and already there will be quite a bit more noise. If you want semiprofessional quality, then you probably need to spend $150 or more for a decent digital recorder that has a high quality built in mic, or else buy a digital recorder and a  decent external mic.

 

You can get a Clip for a low price and experiment with it yourself. If it is not good enough for your recordings, then at least you have a nice small high quality player.

Message Edited by JK98 on 07-20-2009 01:42 PM
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Re: Enquiring about quality of recording with Sansa Clip

Does anyone know if the .wav files come up for Voice recorder files, using the built-in microphone, as only 22khz as well?

 

This is pretty much the determining factor I have found with the under $50 price point etc...

 

Also, does Sansa make anything that records from its internal mic to 44.1khz or better?

 

Thanks

SanDisk Guru
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Re: Enquiring about quality of recording with Sansa Clip

If you want decent recordings, then get a recorder. There are compact recorders with a card slot and mic jack for under $100. These are the Sony UX512, Ax412,and PX312, as well as the Olympus ws700m and ws710m. the PX312 is under $50. The AX412 and PX312 run on two AAA batteries, the others run on just one AAA battery.

 

The Sandisk players are nice players, but they are horrible as recorders.

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Re: Enquiring about quality of recording with Sansa Clip


@hypetrot wrote:

Does anyone know if the .wav files come up for Voice recorder files, using the built-in microphone, as only 22khz as well?

 

This is pretty much the determining factor I have found with the under $50 price point etc...

 

Also, does Sansa make anything that records from its internal mic to 44.1khz or better?

 

Thanks


I don't think there is any point. If you want high quality recording you should buy voice recorder with a real microphone. Increasing the sampling rate won't help for something like a clip.
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Registered: ‎11-13-2011

Re: Enquiring about quality of recording with Sansa Clip

I would say that what you've heard about poor quality of the files created by the Clip are either misguided, or, it's possible that the distance from the source was so great that the was the primary factor in the degradation of the resulting file. I have recorded vocals; acoustic guitar( a Yamaha & a DCX1E Martin acoustic/electric);electric guitar (a Strat)played through both Marshall and Crate amps where I merely watched closely the amount of gain/overdrive I was using as well as making sure that the volume didn't result in clipping/red-lining; Casio Keyboard with both the drum machine feature as well as a large variety of the tonal sounds offered; a Korg PX5D (aka Pandora's Box) played through both brands of amps with both the acoustic & the electric guitars. All of these recordings produced that .wav files which I've then edited and mixed and saved in a variety of file formats (i.e.wma,mp3, DVI/IMA wave files, and MS ADPCM wave files). They have all been better than I had ever expected and have made me a big fan of Sandisk.