- Built-in Microphone
Olympus WS-311M Digital Voice Recorder and WMA Music Player
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- Professional-grade digital voice recorder
- Record up to 138 hours of digital audio or store up to 120 MP3 and WMA music files
- 512 MB of internal flash memory
- Can be used as a USB mass storage device
- Convenient USB 2.0 direct design for fast data transfer
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Today I recorded a saxophone soloist as I accompanied his piece we are preparing for a state honors concert in a few days. I just sat this small recorder on my windowsill and I am absolutely amazed at the sound quality! It sounds as good as when the band director brought all of his equipment and large microphones to my studio!
Often middle school or high school musicians are required to make a recording for seating or auditions. I would highly recommend this WS-311M to do the job!
One of the uses for this is to record meetings in a "CYA" sort of mode. I do real estate, and sometimes transactions and closings can go badly. They then devolve to a "he said/she said" kind of thing. With this, at least I have a recording of what went on, dated and time stamped, for my own protection. It may not be admissible for a criminal trial, but to protect myself, it is invaluable.
It is light and simple to use. Downloading WMA files to the computer only requires a USB port and no software to be installed. Those files can then be used, e-mailed, copied, whatever you need.
My only quibble, and it is mostly my fault, is that when you try to play back a file at the highest volume, the recorder goes into a "system reset" mode. This is actually covered in the very comprehensive owner's manual, but I must have missed it the first time through. The solution is simple: If you are stuck in reset mode, unplug the battery section from the rest of the recorder and then reconnect it. Then when you play a recording, just don't use the highest volume setting and all works correctly.
I have mine set to record up to around 70 hours, but it can go higher than that if you want.
The only accessory I am considering now is a small lapel type microphone, otherwise the recorder is absolutely perfect as-is.
I haven't used it as a flash drive or music player, I have separate equipment for that, so I can't comment on the music end of the device.
Ease of use, ease of recording, ease in playback, ease of downloading. A good deal, and about $30-40 less than in a brick and mortar store.
I recommend this without reservation.
VCVA records only when the device senses sound. Hence it helps trim out downtime and is an important time-saving function when listening to recorded material.
What I've found is that the VCVA is not sensitive enough to work properly unless the lecturer speaks directly to the recorder within about 3 feet. So even when I am sitting in the front row, this device still misses out reocrding most part of a lecture when I set it at the VCVA mode.
Addendum 6/29/08: My assessment of VCVA performance was based on the more sensitive of the two mic settings, the "Conf" mode.
It is a very small (so small that I don't know what would happen if you drop it... hehe) and sleek voice recorder. There are several models of this WS series, and this was the most suitable for me because it has a lot of memory and it is actually quite cheap (funny thing, the previous model to this one -WS-300 I think- is more expensive, so you'd be paying more for less memory).
Concerning memory, this little and amazing thing has 138h 30m when it's in its lowest recording mode (LP). In the next mode (SP) it has 69h 40m, then in HG 35h 25m, in ST SP the same as the latter, in ST HG 17h 40m, and finally in ST XQ 8h and 45min. In my opinion there is a wide difference between the LP (worst) and ST XQ (better) modes. In the latter the quality of the audio is really amazing, you can definitely hear how good it is (lots of depth). In the former the quality is amazingly good, so if you record 138h 30m you will have 138h 30m of VERY good quality. The difference with the 1st mode is still a lot, but both modes are nothing short of amazing. The mode that I recommend using is the HQ or the ST SP, which gives you 25h 25m of very good quality recording but stlll with enough space for recording a lot.
I really liked that this model is basically a Voice-Recorder USB key, hence it is compatible with MAC! That i s the main reason why I chose this model, because since I have a Mac I obviously needed a (digital) recorder compatible with my computer, and it works perfectly. I just connect it to the port in my keyboard and voila, it appears!
I still haven't managed how to open the aufio files with iTunes or to convert them to MP3, but hopefully I'll somehow manage.
Overall, I cannot stop recommending this to my friends, it is assuredly a useful and amazing digital voice recorder, and you most certainly won't regret buying it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.96 GPA thanks to this puppy.
Nothing beats having my professor at my beck and call when I'm prepping for finals or exams. Read more
This is a quality unit. I've had it a number of years and still love it. The voice activation works great and the mic is super. All this in a tiny package. Totally satisfied.Published 8 months ago by So Cal
works very good. I have recorded many a class lecture with this device. Very helpful tool and its interfaces with your computer to other devices. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Winfield Walker
Does what it is supposed to, can hear voices well. I like the integrated USB. I've had it at least 6 years, still works same as the first day I bought it.Published 13 months ago by Templedentist
This has been a super recorder. I have been using it for several years. I recommend rechargeable batteries as it does eat up energy. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Margaret Bates
My wife has had this for years, uses it often, carries it around without a case or any protection, and it's been nothing but wonderful. Read morePublished 21 months ago by RyanMiller
I used this to record voice lectures in college. It is a great product, for such a small thing the microphone is very powerful and good at getting the voice of the professor, even... Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I really disappointed at amazon.com. I ordered Olympus WS-31M digital voice recorder and wma music player, but i still could not get it. Read morePublished on July 12, 2010 by i want to get my voice recorder!!!