Sony ICD-ux560 and External Microphones

Sony ICD-ux560 and External Microphones

Been getting a lot of questions about the Sony ICD-ux560 and external microphones. Which made me realize that we don’t have a comprehensive post on using external microphones on the Sony ICD-ux560. However, we do have a post on when you should consider using an external microphone and 3 external microphone recommendations. And we have another post on choosing a clip on microphone for interviews. Irrespective of those 2 posts, we don’t recommend using external microphone for recording your research interviews. That’s because, in most cases, using external microphones will not get you significantly better audio than using a good voice recorder.   Obviously, there are caveats to that statement: if you are recording focus groups or group interviews, meetings, or recording interviews in noisy locations. For 1-on-1 research interviews in quiet locations, a good voice recorder (see our recommendations here) is more than sufficient. If you want to get studio quality audio recordings of… Continue reading…

Sony ICD-ux560 Carrying Case

If you’ve read our blog (or skimmed through it), you’ll have realized that the Sony ICD-ux560 is my go-to voice recorder. It’s compact, easy to use, and records great sound. Now, I’ve found the best clip on microphones, MicroSD cards, and USB cable for my ux560. But, I’ve yet to find a good carrying case for the ux560: until now. When I bought my ux560, I did realize it was important to protect it using a carrying case. So I go the AGPTEK carrying case that Amazon recommends. What a disappointment. The AGPTEK case is too big! When you place the recorder inside the AGPTEK case, it flops around. It’s not a tight fit and does not hold the ux560 in place. My workaround was to stuff the case with my clip-on microphones, splitter cable, and USB cable. But all my ux560 accessories to don’t fit into this case. When I realized this I did… Continue reading…