Menu [toggle]

Quick Edit a Wiki Page

History: RecordingOralInterviews

Preview of version: 3

Table of contents

Setting up the Recorder

This is a first time activity; should not need repeating.
  1. Insert batteries and SD card
  2. Hold "Power" button (left side)
  3. Hold "Finder/Menu"
    1. Select "1. Recorder Setup" with "REC" button: sample rate = 44.1; Rec Mode =Mp3-128; To Exit, press "Finder/Menu"
    2. Select "4. Power Manage"; set Auto Power Off at 60min; Set Battery type
    3. Select "6. Date and Time"; use up/down/left/right to change times; then push "record"


  1. Check settings: Back - AGC=yes; Ext Mic Type=Stereo; Low Cut=Off; Mic gain=high
  2. Hold "Power" button
  3. Verify available recording time
  4. Speak the time / recording information
  5. Set the recorder in a location close to the speaker, away from interfering sound sources
  6. Press Record once (red flashing)
  7. Press Record again (red constant) - you are recording
  8. Visually confirm machine is recording (graphic bars will flicker in response to sounds)

Recording Trouble

  • No power
    • Do you have batteries installed, in the proper arrangment?
    • Do you have an SD card installed?
    • Is the "Hold" button on the right side accidentally turned on?
  • Power but not recording
    • Is the "Hold" button on the right side accidentally turned on?
    • Is the "AGC" (automatic gain control/back side) turned off?

Checking a recording

  1. Insert headphones or plugin speakers
  2. Press "Finder"
  3. Navigate to filename
  4. Press "record" 2X, then "play"
    1. Adjust volume on right if necessary

Transfering Files

Cable method

  1. Power on recorder; connect with USB cable to PC
  2. Browse to USB folder on the PC
  3. Open a destination folder on the PC (ex. /audiorecordings2008)
  4. Select and drag audio from Edirol USB folder to PC
  5. Do not delete files from Edirol; do not unplug the cable until transfer is complete

SD Card method

  1. Gently open the bottom of the Edirol; push on SD card to release it;
  2. Insert SD card into PC or PC adaptor
  3. Open explorer and browse to the USB/folder
  4. Open a destination folder on the PC (ex. /audiorecordings2008)
  5. Select and drag audio from Edirol USB folder to PC
  6. Select and drag audio from Edirol USB folder to PC
  7. Do not delete files from Edirol;
  8. Windows XP - find USB icon in Alt-click to safely remove the device

Managing Files

  1. Develop and observe a file-naming convention; use lower-case letters, and no spaces or special characters other than dashes or underscores
    1. Ex. IntervieweeName_OPI_date_interviewer?.mp3
  2. Select a folder or set of folders exclusively for transferred audio (perhaps create semester or academic year subfolders, for ease of archiving)
  3. Rename files immediately upon transfer to the PC
    1. Windows XP: Browse My-Computer? to the Audio folder; right click; rename
  4. Establish a period backup plan; ex. once per semester, once per calendar year; erase SD card only after you have made a burnt a backup of your PC files to a CD.

Storage Issues

(settings as above: 44.1 / 128 bit mp3)
  • One standard 70mb CD will hold ? minutes of archived audio
  • One SD card (2 Gig) will hold ? minutes of recorded audio

Roland Quick Guide, Full Manual


Legend: v=view
Date UserIpComment Version Action
Fri 31 of Oct., 2008 07:19 MDT admin68.162.177.64   6
Thu 30 of Oct., 2008 20:45 MDT admin151.201.9.99   5  v  
Thu 30 of Oct., 2008 20:37 MDT admin151.201.9.99   4  v  
Thu 30 of Oct., 2008 20:10 MDT admin151.201.9.99   3  v  
Thu 30 of Oct., 2008 19:58 MDT admin151.201.9.99   2  v  
Thu 30 of Oct., 2008 19:45 MDT admin151.201.9.99   1  v  
RSS feed Wiki RSS feed Image Galleries