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Subject: Re: Recording with the Archos recorder

Re: Recording with the Archos recorder

From: BlueChip <>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2005 03:21:50 +0100

You seemed confused by my earlier mention of the volume knob on the
pre-amp, saying "the mic has no knob on it" (this thread has now gone
terribly out of synch)

The GAIN or VOLUME knob is on the PRE-AMP
...aka PHANTOM POWER SOURCE or "little black box that came with the mic so
it would work with the archos"

socket on a PC ...with... the "THIS IS FOR LINE IN, YOUR MIC WILL NEED A
PRE-AMP" socket on the Archos.

...Well, you CAN compare them, but you will not gain any helpful information.

YOU NEEEEED A PRE-AMP ...Use the one you have already paid for (or read the
list for advice on other-brand ones that some people use)

When you do take this advice and use the pre-amp provided, you may also
want to make sure that the pre-amp has a brand new shiny in-date battery
with a full charge, and also twiddle the "volume" knob one way and then the
other to appreciate the difference.

Final thought ...tell me you are plugging the mic into the LINE IN socket
on the BOTTOM of the unit, NOT the digital i/o socket on the TOP?

I think you have convinced yourself of a bunch of bad information based on
irrelevant test results and therefore are unwisely failing to appreciate
the simple solution.

I have been wrong at least once before ...but until you hook the unit up
the way it is intended, my advice will remain the same.

Good Luck,


>hi again guys
>Well, I believe it's a problem with the Archos itself. I just tried a
>regular, standard computer microphone on the archos, and still the same
>result, absolutely, positively nothing works. I believe I've gone through
>everything I can do here, and it still won't work. So, is it really a
>problem with the archos, or is it just operator error at fault here? if it
>is, i won't feel offended if yousay so. Note I've also tried using the
>pre=-amp and that did not work either.
>So, I am thoroughly stumped.
> At 07:56 PM 5/20/2005, you wrote:
>>grasping for a solution are aware that there is a "gain" (for lack
>>of a better word) control on the archos mic?
>>I'm in the middle of transfering my tapes to mp3 - and you CAN hear the
>>source through the headphones, at all times (recording or not) - so your
>>problem seems to be in either a) source selection or b) faulty hardware
>>(For note I am still using Rockbox 2.4 as released on my homepage.)
>>>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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