Sunday, March 26, 2006

SoundRec, Voice Recorder, Whatever

I still love my Treo 650 but my quest remains to get the capabilities that I had on my Sony Clie NX60 of Voice Recorder. The UI is much more complete than that of SoundRec.

I tried to move Voice Recorder to the Treo. I used FileZ and unlocked it on my Clie and beamed it off. Then beamed it to the Treo 650 and installed it. When I ran it, it just blinked the screen and went away.

I posted on TreoCentral and, as usual, got several "noise" responses but one person responded with a suggestion to look for "file(s) in your Clie label(ed) voice recorder en_us, or voice recorder." Why didn't I think of that?

So off I went back to the Clie and found 2 more files that began with "Voice Recorder..." When I went to transfer them to the Treo 650, I was lazy, so I just beamed them from the Clie to the Treo. Bad plan. The Treo immediately began rebooting over and over. A quick Google search turned up the technique of holding the Up button to get the Treo into the equivalent of Windows' Safe Mode. I thought I was home free.

This let me get to the phone screen but anytime I pressed Home, reboot. Finally, I added a Favorites button that would run FileZ and deleted the problem file. I think I'll leave well enough alone.

So I went back to SoundRec that I'd found before. SoundRec works fine but the files are much bigger than the Clie's Voice Recorder. I recorded a meeting with both SoundRec on my Treo 650 and with Voice Recorder on my Clie NX60. There was about a 4X difference in size with the SoundRec recording being larger. I moved both files to my Windows desktop and looked at them with Windows' Sound Recorder. Both were set to 8 KHz but the SoundRec file was 16 bits and the Voice Recorder file was 4 bits. Since I use the audio recording capability exclusively for voice, 4 bits is sufficient. However the difference in the size of resulting .wav makes moving them around much more difficult.

I've about given up in matching the size of the Voice Recorder files. I am still looking for improvements in UI and integration. SoundRec's UI is pretty rudimentary and it doesn't run in the background. This means that when OneBridge fires up to pull my e-mail, the recording stops. CallRec SAYS that it runs in the background. We'll see. I e-mailed the CallRec support about 4-bit vs. 16-bit recording and they said they only did 16-bit. Not a huge deal as I have a 1GB SD card.

CallRec is $20 and you know how I feel about paying for software so I'll have to think about this for a while.

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