Can Berk GüderI live in Izmir, Turkey and my girlfriend lives in Istanbul, which is 600km away. The only time I can see her is on summer holiday. As we cannot spend the rest of our time talking on the telephone, I record her voice on a Minidisc to listen to when I miss her. I take advantage of the small size and light weight of my portable recorder (a Sony MZ-R91) which I can carry in my pocket all night long and record to whenever I want (imagine trying to manage this with a tape recorder!). We asked him if he used the track mark feature to allow him to mark and easily return to his favorite murmurings. He replied ``Of course I do have favorite tracks'', but wisely avoided a discussion of their contents. In any case he will have a good family keepsake to pass down, should they marry.
Daniel Kouvo ([email protected])My brother has a 5-year old son who talks alot. Sometimes I sit down with him and put my portable MD on mono record. Then I ask him all kind of questions, for example what he has done today or something else and he tells me. I do this because when he grows up it will be fun for him and others to listen to these recordings. I got the idea from my girlfriend. Her parents used to do this when she was little, but they of course used a normal tape recorder at that time.
Richard Reid ([email protected])I made numerous audiocassette recordings of the older members of my family. These tapes contained precious recollections of the past, explanations of family connections, stories, songs, and the cadence of regional accents. After buying an alligator clip mic from Radio Shack, I was free of the noisy cassette built-ins, and made wonderfully clear recordings of my grandmother and others.
We've all had experiences of cassettes being devoured while playing by an errant pinch roller and take up. We know about pre- and post-echo (print through) on cassettes. We also know how unbearably tedious it is to random search on a cassette. MiniDisc made all of this obsolete. I dubbed these precious cassette recordings to MD. Each change of subject that Grandma made became a new track with title. Most of the discussions about MD revolve about music. This is as it should be, but MD can also serve to document a family's history in a way that may be less intrusive than videocams, and done far more conveniently than by audiocassette. After a while the mic is forgotten, and rich conversation rules the day. My grandmother in particular (who lived to be 100 years old) was always pleased that someone cared to hear and to record the stories about her fascinating life.
Tom ChmielinskiWith an MD recorder that adds date and time stamp, you will know EXACTLY what age the child was when they said what they said. Also, for babies or those barely able to speak, you might have to record 2 minutes for 10 good seconds. Very boring stuff, but when you divide and delete, you can create quite an action-packed MD.
From an Epinions ReviewMy marriage was in a lot of trouble and I wanted to see if my wife was cheating on me with her bowling instructor, Ramon. Every week Ramon would pick her up and off to the bowling alley they would go. I put the Sony MZ-R900 in the station wagon to see what the conversations were about and whatnot. Well let me put it this way, there was not much conversation if you know what I mean. It turns out she was cheating on me, and in my own station wagon no less. Thanks to the Sony MZ-R900, I caught her.
Perhaps this should go in a section entitled "Uncool Things People are Doing with Minidisc." -Ed