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    Microphone for Oral Exams

    What microphones do your schools tend to use to record Oral exams?

    Our MFL dept seem to be using headphones with mics attached. Placing these between themselves and the candidate. The sound quality produced is not the best.

    Any recommendations?

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    We use digital dictaphones, far easier for mfl to manage, and seem to do a good job of picking up sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simpsonj View Post
    We use digital dictaphones, far easier for mfl to manage, and seem to do a good job of picking up sound.
    Can you provide make model please?

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    we also use mp3 recorders something like this or a cheaper version depending on your budget just click record and then transfer the mp3 files off afterwards

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    Sure thing, we bought two Olympus VN-8600 Voice Recorders, and I haven't heard from the MFL department since! Far easier than trying to use Audacity imo.

    Looking at where we bought our from, they appear to be out of date, and replaced by something like this: Olympus-WS-811-Digital-Voice-Recorder

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    We use USB singstar mics with audacity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simpsonj View Post
    Sure thing, we bought two Olympus VN-8600 Voice Recorders, and I haven't heard from the MFL department since! Far easier than trying to use Audacity imo.

    Looking at where we bought our from, they appear to be out of date, and replaced by something like this: Olympus-WS-811-Digital-Voice-Recorder
    We have the Olympus VN-8500 and our MFL department love them, so easy to use, record away plug in and copy the files off.

    Definitely the best thing we've bought and very very cheap too!

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    We've just started to use iPADs to record our MFL orals which actually sounded not too bad and the recordings are just e-mailed straight from the iPAD. Previously we've used Olympus MP3 dictaphones which were good but we were forever changing the batteries.

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    You may want to look at something like this if you're after quality. Audio Technica Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone: Amazon.co.uk: Musical Instruments

    You will need to plug it in to a PC and use something like Audacity to record, bu the mic is a very high quality and can always be used elsewhere if needed

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    Quote Originally Posted by rush_tech View Post
    We use USB singstar mics with audacity.
    Do you need any drivers for this or is it simply a case of plug in the USB adaptor and Windows recognises it?

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    We used Blue Snowballs and they were great for the job, we even got a letter commending the quality and way we did them

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    Do you need any drivers for this or is it simply a case of plug in the USB adaptor and Windows recognises it?
    Windows see's them as a USB mic, you may have to make a small change in the recording devices properties from a 1 channel mic to a 2 channel mic so it see's both mics on different channels in audacity

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