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Subject: Re: Recording with the Archos recorder

Re: Recording with the Archos recorder

From: Chris Skarstad <>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 23:57:10 -0500

hi. Ok, so basically, plugging the external mic *directly* into the archos
will not work then? Hmmm. I'll do a bit of investigating with the battery
for the pre-amp then.

At 11:34 PM 5/20/2005, you wrote:
>You must use a pre-amp for the external mic to work...and the pre-amp
>battery has to be good.
>----- Original Message ----- From: "Chris Skarstad" <>
>To: "Rockbox development" <>
>Sent: Friday, May 20, 2005 10:40 PM
>Subject: Re: Recording with the Archos recorder
>>Well, I suppose I could always try a different battery in the pre-amp,
>>but in all my tests I haven't actually used that yet. I'm simply plugging
>>the mic directly into the archos. I did try it with the pre-amp and it
>>didn't work either though.
>> But hey you never know. Everything in the recording settings appear to
>> be right, the mic itself, not the pre-amp, but the mic itself is plugged
>> into the line-in jack on the archos, the source is line-in in the
>> recording options, and the quality is set at 5. If I missed anything
>> I'm sure one of you guys can let me know.
>>At 10:03 PM 5/20/2005, you wrote:
>>>Are you SURE the battery in your pre-amp is good?
>>>----- Original Message ----- From: "Chris Skarstad" <>
>>>To: "Rockbox development" <>
>>>Sent: Friday, May 20, 2005 8:56 PM
>>>Subject: Re: Recording with the Archos recorder
>>>>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 suggestions.
>>>>>>>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 make
>>>>>>>>a difference.
>>>>>>>>Also, have you ever tried recording from a real line-in source?
>>>>>>>>i.e., like
>>>>>>>>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, I'll
>>>>>>>>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 case
>>>>>>>>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
>>>>>>>>the headphones while the recording is happening. When I chose the
>>>>>>>>internal mic as my source I can definitely hear myself, but with
>>>>>>>>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
>>>>>>>>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 one.
>>>>>>>>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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