Sony ICD-UX570 Voice Recorder
June 2020 |
Audio / Visual
This is the Sony ICD-UX570, and is the successor to the UX560, which I reviewed a few months back. Will this one be an improvement? Let's see!
So once again, I was amazed at how small this thing is! It is tiny! Weighing only 78g, it's both small enough AND light enough to carry with you at all times? The form factor is great and the whole device can be easily controlled with just one hand. And with most of the buttons being placed on the front of the device, controlling it feels very natural, like using your phone. But I will say that some of the buttons are very small, so those with larger hands might find it frustrating.
The screen is bright and easy to read from all angles. The software is easy to navigate and the device overall is intuitive to use. You can literally be recording within 1 minute of turning it on for the first time, once you've set up the time and date, which again is easy to do.
This device, like it's predecessor, had a built-in USB plug that can be popped out with the slider and plugged directly into your pc or laptop. I love this. It saves carrying a lead. And while plugged in, it charges itself too!
So there a load of settings and ways to configure this recorder. It gives you four options of sensitivity for the built-in mic;
High, Medium, low, and there's also an Auto option here in case your recording on the fly and need it to adjust depending on the situation.
You also have this setting available for External mics too!
You also get to choose if you want the mic to pick up a wide area of sound or a focused area. This is for the built-in mics only though. Focused is obviously best for voice work, whereas Wide would be better or a ambience sound or if you're recording a meeting where there are people spread out around the room or table etc.
There is also a Audio in option that you can use to record audio from an external device like an old tape player. There's even a sync option that means if recording an album from a tape,or example, the recorder will automatically stop and start recording between songs, and there for you can record a whole album and each song will be split into separate tracks for you! How cool is that?!
Ok, stats for audio nerds time. So, the audio quality setting are as follows ...
MP3 48kbps (MONO)
Now, the built-in memory gives you a whopping 5 hours, 30 minutes of record time, and that's in LPCM lossless quality!
A 64gb Micro SD card will allow for over 100 hours of record time in LPCM lossless quality!
If using MP3, you'll get over 40 hours with the built in memory, and a mind blowing 738 hours with a 64gb card! And that's the MP3 192kbps mode, which is the top MP3 quality available.
And what's more, you can use the Cross Memory function, this allows you to use the built in memory, and then when that gets full, it'll automatically switch to the SD card and continure recording! Wowsers!
Now if you're using this to record meetings, as long and boring as some meetings are, they don't usually go on for 700 hours, so you should be good with this recorder!
Plus it actually has a dedicated Meeting mode for ease of use!
Other dedicated modes include Lecture, voice notes, interview plus different kinds of music too!
The device also has a VOR (voice activated recording) feature. This makes it start recording automatically whenever it hears any sound. This is good for situation where you want to record yourself sleeping during the night to see if you sleep talk or snore. I tried it, and it turns out I snored around 936 times! It's no wonder I'm single!!
Ok, so that's a run-down on the main features of this device as a Dictaphone. But what about if you wanted to use this for voice over work on youtube videos for example? Well it is possible to use this in conjunction with your camera. If your camera has a mic input, you can wire the headphone jack of the recorder into your cameras mic input, and use it that way. But you will have to either press record on the device for the sound to carry through, or press record and then record again to pause it. This lets the sound continue through the device and into your camera.
There's also a noise cut and low cut filter built in. although I don't find this to be very good to be honest. You would get much better results just downloading software called 'Audacity', which is free, and using the noise reduction tool in there to process your audio.
All in all a great little recorder which is a good improvement on the last model (UX560) and I would recommend this one no problem!
Posted by Redz
Posted on 26/07/2020 at 01:02pm
Modified on 26/07/2020 at 01:02pm