I noticed a post about the TinyPodcast I recorded with my Dell Axim x50v at McDonalds (via Scoble’s Link Blog), and I wanted to repost my comments on the topic here.
I’m continually suprised by the audio quality of the built in mic on the Axim x50v. Everything I’ve recorded on it, even in noisy environments (I was in the play area of a McDonalds, for crying out loud! has come out sounding great. It really is the podcaster’s best friend. Part of the reason I got the x50v (besides it’s gorgeous screen!) is the fact that it’s so podcaster friendly. The headphone jack will accept an external mic (with the right adapter cable), and the Bluetooth stack supports the Headset/Handsfree profiles (rare in a non-Phone Edition device), so I can even record using my Bluetooth headset (but the quality this way isn’t the greatest). The awesome built-in mic was almost a bonus, but a very welcome one, indeed.
I also love Resco Audio Explorer, the app I’m using to record straight to MP3. If anyone was curious, the settings I most often use are 22050KHz sample rate, 16 bits per sample, and, um, whatever MP3 “quality” setting (i think 2 of 5) makes the final MP3 come out at 56Kbps. Works great, and takes up about 25 MB/hour. With my 1GB SD card, I could record literally for days.
That combination of features, coupled with the fact that I always have the Axim with me, means that I can record a good quality podcast at almost any time I desire. I need to take more advantage of this, and post more smaller “on location” clips, in addition to the regular weekly show. What do you think?