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    Recording MFL and Music Exams

    We're in the early stages of a review process for how we record our MFL oral exams and the Music composition pieces, so I was hoping to pick some brains here and see what other people are currently doing/considering for these tasks. At present, MFL record onto cassette (which the exam boards are about to withdraw) while Music use a hideous process of mini-disc>PC>MP3>Audio CD. I'm not going to say "money no object", but we would be willing to pay extra for something which is easier to use.

    Suggestions on a postcard please...

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    MFL Oral - Mic > iMac > CD
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    For bands / ensembles of 4 or more... Mic(s) > Motu 8PRE(s) > PC running Cubase > CD
    For solos / duets... Mic > iMac > CD

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    Olympus make voice recorders, some of which I think record straight to MP3.

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    I believe that the MFL oral recording is not going to be with us for long. I'm not counting my chickens yet...

    We're still using cassette and expect to do so until the end.

    Music are doing there own thing with MDs, often bringing them to me when they cock it up. (Every damned year!!)

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    The machines at Real Time CD Recorder Range seem to be standard kit in most schools I thought.

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    The school where I'm governor use something like this: Belkin : Voice Recorder for iPodŽ

    ...a voice recorder attached to an iPod for many things. It may not produce the quality you need for music exams... although it's probably better than the cassette

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    We use Audacity (free recording software)

    Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder

    It multitracks and exports as wav or mp3.

    In the music practice rooms we have some older PCs running audacity and boundary mics which the students use to record their practices and exams. Languages are using Coomber tape recorders this year but will be moving over to audacity with a desktop mic or boundary mic next time they need to record.

    Boundary microphone, unidirectional and omnidirectional, 1k Ohm - Microphones - SoloTechnic

    Files can be kept small on disc by using the mp3 export and then burnt to disc for archiving or sending to the exam board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sin65 View Post
    Languages are using Coomber tape recorders this year but will be moving over to audacity with a desktop mic or boundary mic next time they need to record.
    Your linguists can cope with using a PC and Audacity during Oral exams? Ours run round like headless chickens when told to "Press play and record at the same time"... Sheesh, what a school you must work in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    We're still using cassette and expect to do so until the end.
    Same here, and (to quote the phrase of today!) the end is nigh. Our exam board have said that will phase out cassettes in January 2010.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sin65 View Post
    We use Audacity (free recording software)
    I wouldn't trust Knoppix as the one and only recording of a one-off performance! I've never found it to be stable enough for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveBentley View Post
    I wouldn't trust Knoppix as the one and only recording of a one-off performance! I've never found it to be stable enough for that.
    We have Acid and cubase in the music suites but in the music practice rooms we've been using audacity for about 3 terms now and have never had a problem. We also use it in the IT suites for creating podcasts because the kids get their heads round it quickly.

    Maybe we're just lucky. (crosses fingers )

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    Thanks for the suggestions, guys, keep them coming. I'd also be interested to hear from anyone using a portable solution, as these exams often happen in various places and some don't have PC provision (unless we use laptops, of course).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_ View Post
    The machines at Real Time CD Recorder Range seem to be standard kit in most schools I thought.
    This was used loads at my last school - records direct to CD, pretty awesome, and portable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveBentley View Post
    I wouldn't trust Knoppix as the one and only recording of a one-off performance! I've never found it to be stable enough for that.
    Did I miss a reference to knoppix somewhere?

    I saw audacity mentioned but that was all.

    Ben

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    We looked at the Edirol R-09 as an option. Works well, but we weren't sure what the boards would have to say about us copying from it to CD. When we asked, they told us that the exam wasn't likely to last so we stopped looking.

    The Edirol is still used for recording talks, and is quite useful.

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