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Dell Axim X50V: Podcaster’s Best Friend

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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?

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4 thoughts on “Dell Axim X50V: Podcaster’s Best Friend

  1. Hi Josh – I’ve also done some Axcasts of my own. Here’s how I do an Axcast using free software and web services:

    Jon’s Free (but Painful) Method for Making Podcasts for Free

    1. Sign up for a free Blogger blog (this gets you your RSS feed).
    2. Sign up for a free FeedBurner account (this turns your RSS feed into a Podcast feed)
    3. Sign up for a free Internet Archive account (they’ll host your podcast mp3’s for free, forever, unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, provided you license it under the Creative Commons).
    4. Record your MP3 (e.g. on your Pocket PC using the free NoteM app)
    5. FTP it to the Internet Archive
    6. Wait impatiently for 24 hours while the Internet Archive processes your MP3
    7. Post a link to your MP3 on your blog. And you’re done!

  2. That’s basically the process I follow, except I FTP the show to a web host, instead of Internet Archive.

    I’ve looked into using Internet Archive for hosting, and I may eventually move there. The biggest turn off, like you mentioned, was the delay in availability for uploaded files.

    Thanks for the comment, and happy Axcasting (I like that!).

  3. Hopefully OurMedia (backed by the Internet Archive) will streamline the process (and eliminate the Internet Archive delay). But it’s not there yet – the delay is as long as ever. C’mon OurMedia!

  4. Very interesting, ive never thaught about creating podcasts with an x50v. I also have a x50v and will be looking into resco recorder later and possibly purchase it to see if its really as good as you say!

    Cheers

    Ben

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