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RECORDING UNDERWATER SOUNDS

Dolphin Phone makes a great underwater microphone for your video camera, audio cassette recorder, or DAT (Digital Audio Tape) recorder.
Now you can hear whales and dolphins as well as seeing them on your videos!

The physical connections will depend on your equipment. Dolphin Phone uses a standard 1/8 inch ( 3.5 mm ) stereo jack for earphones. Both LEFT and RIGHT channels are the same - providing MONO output for your recorder. Simply use the appropriate connecting cord to your equipment. You may connect to either the MICrophone input or LINE IN jacks on your recording equipment. Volume level is adjustable using the Dolphin Phone volume control.

If desired you can add a dual stereo plug adapter - costing about $ 1 - so you can both listen to the Dolphin Phone and record at the same time. Visit any electronics store for the cables for your equipment.

AUDIO RECORDERS
Let's talk about audio recorders. We will leave video camcorders out of this discussion because you choose those for their video quality, size, and features - not their audio or sound capabilities. Dolphin Phone works great with all video gear.

Audio recorders come in several forms - reel-to-reel, cassette, mini-cassette, DAT (Digital Audio Tape) and DCD (Digital Compact Disk). There are comsumer grade models and there are professional models. Prices range from $29.95 to well over $10,000 depending on quality and features. There is a good article available from the Society of Amateur Scientists called Recording Nature's Sounds - check it out after you have finished this article.

For general purpose recording of underwater sounds, I suggest you start off simply. Go down to your local electronics shop and look at INEXPENSIVE Cassette recorders. Stay with the full sized cassettes - not the mini variety made for dictation. Here's a guide to some of the more critical specifications you will see in a catalog, or at the store:

You can always upgrade to better, more expensive recorders when you have gained some field experience. Use a good quality audio tape for best results. A recorder with a 'counter' is nice and lets you keep notes of where and when the recording was made.

Plan a dolphin phone outing visiting some of the places mentioned in our WHERE?page. When you return, play back the tape through your computer sound card, making an audio file (.wav format) that you can process and view with the spectrogram program that comes free with dolphin phone.



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