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Subject: Re: Recording with the Archos recorder

Re: Recording with the Archos recorder

From: BlueChip <>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 05:39:50 +0100

When you are in the recording screen you can move up and down through some
options and left and right to change the value.

Sorry, I don't have mine to hand, but we DO have a blind friendly manual
that will certainly help (or maybe some kind soul will post)

The problem is we cannot record and playback at the same time and what with
having limited buffer space and other considerations, sadly speech is just
not a simple task in the record screen.

I'm sure a good lateral thinker could come up with a solution, but as
sigthed users do not suffer the problem, I guess the technique would be
best devised by those who would benefit from it the most.

I'm 99% sure the top option is gain, press up three or four times and
then right lots to increase the gain ...(hope I remember well)


At 05:05 22/05/2005, you wrote:
>Hi again BC
> I'm not sure where the gain control is on mine, I have a Jukebox
> recorder. In the recording screen, the only thing I seem to have
> available to me is to actually start recording. However, in the
> recording settings I have the following:
>independent frames
>time split
>pre-record time and
>directory. So if there's a gain control I can turn up, I'm not finding
>it, at least with the 2.4 version of Rockbox. it's probably right there in
>front of me and I'm probably missing it, lol.
> At 10:38 PM 5/21/2005, you wrote:
>>>Hi BC
>>>Well, I've tested both the jacks I can test with with the pre-amp, i
>>>even replaced the batterry in it and still nothing. I did find out that
>>>on my recorder you *do* have to push the play button twice to actually
>>>start a recording. So, this time, I actually got some recordings but
>>>they were blank. I'll try hooking the player up to an audio source and
>>>try a recording of that. If it worksthen we can narrow that
>>>down. Really i'm just trying to do the process of elimination. All the
>>>jacks do seem to be solid though, when i put plugs into them they do
>>>seem to be tight enough, but that probably doesn't mean much
>>>though. I'll be sure to let you know of my progress. So far though,
>>>still nothing, even after replacing the battery. now, what I did was I
>>>plugged the mic into the pre-amp, and then plugged the pre-amp into the
>>>line-in of the archos. That should work, I would think.
>>Yep. Did you remember to twiddle the knob the archos pre-amp? Also Turn
>>the gain up full on the recording screen - as i recall with my archos
>>mic/recorder v1 combo, I need to crank the gain up to 30db or something
>>silly (been a long time) with the mic knob on full - but at that level
>>you can record pretty much anything you can hear with the mic clipped
>>inside your shirt ...clip it in your cuff and gesture toward the person
>>speaking and you get further improvements (once it works)
>>I suppose you could try plugginn the archos mic into your PC via the
>>pre-amp for another way to test the pre-amp?
>>>At 10:13 PM 5/21/2005, you wrote:
>>>>;) no sweat dude, just having a dig ...I know my humour can be an
>>>>acquired taste, so please consider the amount of time I spend writing a
>>>>reply, rather then my stereo-typically british cynicism about a situation.
>>>>My question "are you 100% sure you used the LINE not DIGITAL socket"
>>>>...I ask only from the experience of making that mistake myself
>>>>(another 20minutes of my life gone forever)
>>>>The only part of your player that I have seen no evidence of testing is
>>>>the security of the LINE in jack socket test this - get a 3.5 to
>>>>3.5 cable (you likely have one hanging out of your computer) and hook
>>>>your recorder up directly to, say, your old tape-walkman headphone
>>>>socket (minidisc player, book reader, whatever ...heaphone_socket - to
>>>>- line_in)
>>>>Turn the volume up and, if that works, then yes, it is a pre-amp problem
>>>>...if not, your socket MAY be dodgy - wiggle it whilst listening
>>>>...if it comes on and off, it is a 'broken' solder joint on the socket
>>>>- very trivial fix for a friend or other soldering-iron owner you know.
>>>>>lol remember I'm very new to this, so give me a break ok?
>>>>>I've never delt with anything like this before so i'm just learning
>>>>>the basics of navigating the menus. All I know is, something doesn't
>>>>>work and my goal is to get it to work. I do apreciate the help
>>>>>though. For now it appears to be something wrong with the pre-amp, or
>>>>>the battery inside of it so I'm gonna have to find a new one and see
>>>>>if I can get it working.
>>>>>At 01:17 PM 5/21/2005, you wrote:
>>>>>>LOL you reckon if enough of us say it, he will take the hint? LOL
>>>>>>>>Hi Glenn. You're right, my computer mic definitely doesn't work on
>>>>>>>>the archos unit. However, I purchased a mic along with this unit,
>>>>>>>>it's a lapelle mic that perports to be an archos mic that,
>>>>>>>>according to archos, *should* work with it. I've tried it both with
>>>>>>>>and without the pre-amp and nothing works.
>>>>>>>You definitely need the preamp for the archos! The preamp which is
>>>>>>>the small box included with the mic needs one battery and has a
>>>>>>>volume control, so try a fresh battery and adjust the volume. You
>>>>>>>also have a volume control for the input on your archos, perhaps you
>>>>>>>need to turn this one up as well.
>>>>>>>If you try recording something, you should get files on your hard
>>>>>>>disk even if the mic doesn't work! So if you can't find any recorded
>>>>>>>files, then you're doing something wrong which hasn't got anything
>>>>>>>to do with your external setup.
>>>>>>>Have you managed to record something from the internal mic? Perhaps
>>>>>>>you should try this one first. Check all your settings and make sure
>>>>>>>to start recording with an extra press on the play button. After
>>>>>>>stopping recording, you should be able to hear the hard disk writing
>>>>>>>the files, don't shut the jukebox off immediately, wait a few
>>>>>>>seconds or use the shutdown feature.
>>>>>>>HTH, Andreas

Received on 2005-05-22

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