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Subject: New feature idea: Loop recording
From: Jos Laake (joslaake_at_earthlink.net)
Date: 2003-04-19


for_spam_at_gmx.de wrote:
> hello,
>
>>recording function I'd like to implement. I want to set
>>up an "always-on sampler" that lets me record something
>>that "just happened" like the Archos FM Recorder firmware
>>does for 'pre-saving' songs off the radio. Soon...
>
> you mean a "loop recorder" which gives me the ability "record" all
> the time and only when I press a button, it saves the last X minutes
> (loop buffer lenght) to a file?

Yes, that's exactly it! A lot of my ideas come on
the fly, and the problem isn't coming up with new
stuff. It's *capturing* it as it "goes by". Also,
there are often rhythms and music that I hear in
"nature", in the city, in traffic, in my office,
that if I could just *capture* that sound sequence
I just heard, I could then dump it into my studio
music workstation and loop it to start a groove goin'.

Interesting that the ArchosFMRecorder/Rockbox could
actually record all day. I just did a 20 minute
take of some freeform stuff and it only used 20MB.
By the same math, 24 hours (1440 minutes) would take
around 1 GB. Cool. But you'd run out of battery first.

The problem with that (ask George Martin) is that
you have to wade through a ton of crap to find those
few ounces of gold. That's why it would be so nice to
have it running, looping all the time, and then just
catch the good stuff that you know just happened. Then
you're just wading through a pile of "good stuff" instead
of a mountain of crap. It's still 50%-60% crap ;-) ,
but that's a lot better than 99.5% crap or missing the
golden nuggets because the recorder wasn't ready.

> that would be a great feature !

Really, I'd be willing to code it, once I get the
development environment figured out and set up. I'm
looking through the FAQ now...

~Jos~



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