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Subject: Re: Recording with the Archos recorder

Re: Recording with the Archos recorder

From: BlueChip <>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2005 02:38:14 +0100

The input on the archos is "LINE IN" -not- "MIC IN" ...these other devices
you tried the mic with ...did you connect the unpowered mic to the LINE IN
socket on them? If so, is the device capable of acting as a phantom power


PS. replying on the wrong thread will upset the moderators - I was slapped
about it once myself ;)

>Hi BC
>It's pretty much like I mentioned before. This is a lapelle mic that can
>be attached to your shirt pocket or a jacket or something like that. I've
>tested the mic itself, without the pre-amp on other things like my
>computer and it works just fine. However, when I plug the mic into the
>archos, it won't work, no matter which source I use, either Digital,
>line-in, or Microphone, which of course means I would be using the
>internal one which isn't what I want. Remember, I'm very new to all this,
>so I'm not sure about this whole "gain" thing you mentioned? The mic
>itself is very very small and doesn't seem to have a volume control on it,
>unless it's a very small control I'm not aware of. I am visually impaired
>so I'm probably missing something, in fact I know I have to be, because it
>works fine on other things as I said before. This is really frustrating,
>all I want is this thing to actually work with my archos recorder. I'm
>pretty much out of ideas, so i'm still looking for any sollutions. I would
>hate to have spent all this money to still not be able to do what I want,
>and that's mainly to do recordings with this unit.

At 02:17 21/05/2005, you wrote:
>I THINK you are saying something like:
>"I bought a recorder and the recommended microphone pack - which came
>supplied with a battery powered booster ...If I don't use the booster, I
>can't hear anything <snip> ...what am I doing wrong?"
>If I am right, try using the booster :)
>>hi. the battery itself does not have a mic, it has a standard plug that
>>you can plug into theArchos recorder. I did purchase a pre-amp with it
>>though, and that does require 1 tripple A battery. In my tests I didn't
>>use the pre-amp, this is just with the mic itself.
>>This is with the archos mic that hooks onto your shirt, kind of like a
>>lapelle mic.
>>Hope this helps.
>>BTW the mic does work on other things I've tried so as I said before, the
>>mic does work. But for some reason, not on the archos recorder.
>>At 07:35 PM 5/20/2005, you wrote:
>>>If the mic has a battery, have you tried changing it?
>>>----- Original Message ----- From: "Chris Skarstad" <>
>>>To: "Glenn at home" <>; "Rockbox development"
>>>Sent: Friday, May 20, 2005 7:17 PM
>>>Subject: Re: Recording with the Archos recorder
>>>>Hi Glenn
>>>>I have pressed the play button in all my experiments.
>>>>I haven't tried hooking up the recorder to a line-in source but that's
>>>>not a bad idea. What confuses me is that this is a regular mic that
>>>>plugs in directly to the recorder, but it still doesn't seem to work.
>>>>the only mic I can use is the internal one and given the amount of
>>>>money I spent I really would rather use the one I got with it. so I'm
>>>>really no further along than where I was before, but thanks for the
>>>>At 06:51 PM 5/20/2005, you wrote:
>>>>>Sounds like possibly you are leaving out the last step of pushing the play
>>>>>button, to start the recording.
>>>>>But didn't you say you have successfully done this with the internal mic?
>>>>>Try adjusting the recording quality, and maybe something in there will
>>>>>a difference.
>>>>>Also, have you ever tried recording from a real line-in source? i.e.,
>>>>>plugging in the RCA to 1 eighth inch plug, into a stereo and see if it
>>>>>If it does, then there is something with the mic, like a low battery or
>>>>>----- Original Message -----
>>>>>From: "Chris Skarstad" <>
>>>>>To: <>
>>>>>Sent: Friday, May 20, 2005 1:31 PM
>>>>>Subject: Recording with the Archos recorder
>>>>>Hi folks
>>>>>Yep, the subject line appears to be a bit stupid, but just hang with me
>>>>>here. I can't seem to get it to record anything. To give you an idea,
>>>>>run down the steps I took so you'll know where I am in the process.
>>>>>1. I go to the recording settings menu in Rockbox and choose my source. I
>>>>>have an external mic,it's actually the one made by Archos so it should
>>>>>definitely work with it. It works on other things so the mic definitely
>>>>>works properly.
>>>>> so I'm guessing the correct choice here would be line-in.
>>>>> So, I choose that.
>>>>>2. In the directory section I have it set to current directory. In my
>>>>>this is called recordings. so now the unit *should* know where to
>>>>>place any
>>>>>recordings I make.
>>>>>3. I plug in the mic to the line-in jack and start recording. When I'm
>>>>>done, I press the stop/off button which takes me back to the recording
>>>>>screen in rockbox.
>>>>>However, I also have headphones plugged in but can not hear myself through
>>>>>the headphones while the recording is happening. When I chose the
>>>>>internal mic as my source I can definitely hear myself, but with nothing
>>>>>Also, when I hook the unit to the computer to transfer my file i made to
>>>>>it, the recordings folder is empty, and there don't seem to be any traces
>>>>>of an actual recording even happening. So, what am I doing wrong? I know
>>>>>it's got to be one very simple step and I'll probably feel like a total
>>>>>idiot when I learn what it is, lol. But I've tried everything I know, and
>>>>>the only mic that seems to work in any tests I've done is the internal
>>>>>and as I said before the mic itself works and I can hear myself just fine
>>>>>through the headphones, but no recordings seem to be saving themselves to
>>>>>the hard drive. So I'm hoping one of you folks can help set me in the
>>>>>right direction.

Received on 2005-05-21

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