USB Recording

The PSD400 Series digital recorders are extremely flexible recording devices. Some see a CD recorder with a large amount of onboard storage (320GB). Others see a hard drive recorder with the option to back up recordings to CD, miniSD, or USB (Universal Serial Bus) storage. With all this flexibility, what often gets overlooked is the fact that all PSD400 series recorders could also be viewed primarily as USB recorders. The USB connection on the PSD400 series is not strictly for transferring files to and from a computer. This functionality exists for sure, but the unique part is that PSD400 recorders do not require a computer to be the host for USB file transfers. These recorders are equally comfortable copying and moving files, and even recording directly to USB flash drives and USB hard drives. There’s no reason that USB storage could not be considered the primary storage medium for a PSD400 series recorder.
What are some of the advantages of purchasing a USB recorder? Well for one, USB flash drives are everywhere, and as you’d expect prices tend to go down even as storage capacity goes up.

If you’re a music educator, and one of your students has a USB thumb drive on her keychain, simply connect the drive via Superscope’s 5-pin mini A to A USB cable and start recording. The Superscope recorder doesn’t care if the drive also contains images, movies, and text documents. As long as there’s available space, the Superscope unit will be able to add WAV and MP3 files.


Texas-based vocal techniques instructor, Tom McKinney has been taking advantage of Superscope’s USB recording capabilities for some time – “I send my students home with practice instructions for our next session on their thumb drive. They also get to take their recordings from the session with them. The benefits of Superscope, along with proper instruction, have allowed many of my students to begin their careers in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago - as their teacher that makes me very proud.” – Tom McKinney

If an audio CD is not required (e.g., when the goal is to get a recording to a student’s iPod), then transferring a practice recording to a USB drive can also save time. And as many of our customers can attest, time for the music educator is often in short supply. While the PSD430 and PSD450 will perform high-speed CD burning, copying to USB is even faster.
Lastly, it’s become increasingly common to find customers who already own a USB hard drive for backing up important files on their computer. Using this hard drive to double as your audio recording medium often puts to rest all concerns over storage limitations. Why worry about filling up a 2GB SD card or a 700MB CD when you could just use the larger capacity USB devices you already own?
With this level of convenience, flexibility, and affordability, it only makes sense for musicians and music educators to start considering USB recording.

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