[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu compatible digital voice recorder

James Morrissey morrissey.james1 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 3 15:25:54 UTC 2011

Hi Timothy,

Thanks for the advice. I went with the Sony, as you mentioned.

I'll have a look at transcription software and let you know if i come up 
with anything useful. Hopefully i can get something working natively in 

All the best and thanks again for the advice.


On 29/09/11 22:53, Timothy Rittman wrote:
> Hi James,
> I use the Sony ICD-UX200 
> http://www.sony.co.uk/product/dic-voice-and-music-recorders/icd-ux200. 
> I haven't come across any compatibility issues with it. It's got good 
> sound quality and, importantly, a USB port which hides away very 
> neatly. When plugged in you can drag and drop sound files as if it 
> were a normal USB stick. The battery life is good and it has 2Gb of 
> memory. It's maybe a bit more expensive than other similar devices 
> (around £80), but it seems to do the job very well. I mainly use it 
> for writing articles and notes.
> The main thing missing from it is a decent rewind button whilst 
> recording; once it's recorded you can't re-record the last few seconds 
> if you've made a mistake. It sounds like that wouldn't be too much a 
> of a problem for your sort of work.
> For transcription I use Express scribe software: 
> http://www.nch.com.au/scribe/index.html. There is a free linux 
> version, but I couldn't get it to work. However the windows version 
> works well in wine. If you find a better open source alternative 
> please let me know! Alternatively, the voice recorder itself has a 
> playback function where you can slow down the speed for easier 
> transcription, or you can play the recordings in any mp3 player (but 
> without the ability to slow it down effectively in the ones I tried).
> At work I've used various olympus voice recorders, which have the 
> advantage of a better rewind to re-record function. However, as you 
> say I'm not sure what the compatibility is like and they tend to be a 
> lot more expensive. I've also tried a Philips voice recorder (I can't 
> remember which one) but it was a lot more fiddly to use and didn't 
> have the inbuilt USB or slow playback functions.
> All the best with your work in Ethiopia, it sounds interesting.
> Kind regards,
> Tim
> On 29/09/11 15:43, Alan Pope wrote:
>> On 29 September 2011 15:24, James 
>> Morrissey<morrissey.james1 at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>> I was wondering if anyone knew of a decent digital voice recorder 
>>> that is
>>> compatible with Ubuntu.
>> Any Zoom one will. They record WAV/MP3.
>> The Zoom H1 is quite plasticy and cheap looking but has decent 
>> microphones.
>> Al.

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