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Review: iKEY Plus
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Review: Gemini iKEY Plus USB Digital Audio Recorder
This is a multimedia Gallery, so as well as still images you can find video and audio clips and other goodies.
However, though I can snap away with my camera to gather images and video, for example, the Gallery has sorely lacked any consistent way of gathering snippets of audio. The best I have been able to do in the past has usually been an "audio memo" on a previous Sony MAVICA, or maybe the voice recorder on my mobile phone; neither great bandwidth nor signal 'quality'.
For the Gallery I need something relatively portable (eg battery-powered, small and light) that I can carry with me most of the time to catch ambient or unexpected sounds, that does not need to be connected up to (say) a laptop to operate, that saves audio in formats easy for me to edit and for Gallery users to download and use, and that records to a medium that is easy for me to access in a number of ways, eg not tied to one expensive computer or operating system or manufacturer. And I don't want to spend hundreds on something too complex for me to even understand!
With those constraints in mind I saw this review of the iKEY Plus portable direct-to-USB digital audio recorder in The Register, which looked pretty good for Gallery purposes, even if not quite the target DJ/musician market.
The immediate plus points of the iKEY Plus for me:
Some immediate weaknesses/annoyances:
Here are the first few test/calibration recordings taken with it:
Buy online from Amazon.com (USD145 as at 20070217).
Buy online from Amazon.co.uk (GBP119 as at 20070217).
Damon Hart-Davis, February 2007.
Update March 2007: bought a Yoga EM-268 electret condenser stereo mic to try to better capture lower sound levels, ie for higher sensitivity.
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