I followed with interest the recent thread on minidiscs. It has a lot of good information, but it doesn’t answer my more elementary question.
I need a digital recording device to record fiddle lessons and the occasional tune at a session. I’ve been using an old cassette recorder that isn’t really suitable. The sound quality is poor, and short of dubbing bits from one tape to another, there’s no way to edit it. I need to be able to easily and quickly find a tune, bits of tunes broken down for learning purposes, or my teacher’s discussion of technique, style, etc.
Is a minidisc the best source of these attributes? Or is there some other system, such as MP3, that would be better and easier to use?
I am NOT a technophobe; I have always been competent with whatever computer system and computerized devices I have ever used. However, I prefer not to devote much time learning to use such a device or editing upon it. I spend all day editing on a computer and would rather devote my free time to playing the fiddle. So as simple as possible, I say.
By the way, for recreational purposes, I understand that with a minidisc player, I can record selected tracks from CDs, organize them into logical groups, etc. From what I’ve seen, the minidisc players are small and handy for traveling. Any input on this aspect, as well?