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Ideas please... May. 2nd, 2007 12:46 pm
We need some way of really cheaply sending out 5-minute audio clips in playback systems. Anything cheaper than dictaphones / mp3 players?

The request is for a hardware solution, so "send an MP3" isn't going to work in this case.

From: valkyriekaren
Date: May 2nd, 2007 - 11:56 am (Link)
Hmm. You want something like those annoying recordable speaking/musical birthday card chips, don't you? But less tinny, and taking a longer clip. I can't find anything that takes more than 10 seconds worth of sound though.
From: valkyriekaren
Date: May 2nd, 2007 - 12:14 pm (Link)
Actually... a bit of googling finds these people, who do a 30-second one as standard but may be able to offer something a bit bigger: http://www.talkingproducts.co.uk/sound_chips.php
From: kaet
Date: May 2nd, 2007 - 11:58 am (Link)
Does an audio CD count as a hardware solution? :)

You can get MP3 players very cheaply, these days. A five minute clip would fit in the tiniest of them, I think, certainly less than twenty quid.

If you're going for a publicity thing with a big run, the build-a-bear people have a thing you can record which is very cheap, but only lasts ten seconds. Are you looking for something like that, but longer?
From: shadowdaddy
Date: May 2nd, 2007 - 12:46 pm (Link)
I suppose "singing telegram" doesn't really count as an option...
From: barbedwirekiss
Date: May 2nd, 2007 - 12:48 pm (Link)
What are the requirements/constraints for the unit(s) you want? How many do you want? Are there any size/physical dimension constraints? Appearance?

I'm just asking because if you only have a few and don't mind the look of the unit then I could suggest that you get your fingers burnt try soldering up a digital audio playback circuit. There are some very good digital audio playback chips out there that hold over 16 minutes of audio.

It would be a cheap solution, although a bit time intensive which may be a problem if you want a large number of the units turned out.
From: azekeil
Date: May 2nd, 2007 - 12:50 pm (Link)
What is it going to be used for? I used to work in a company that did Teleconferencing, and we used to use CD players for hold music. I wanted us to move over to servers with soundcards, which would mean it would be easy to change the clip if needed. How likely is changing the clip going to be?

On that note, can I suggest telephone? ;)
From: drgndancer
Date: May 2nd, 2007 - 01:33 pm (Link)
I'm in the "send an audio CD" camp. Pretty much every human being in Europe and America owns a CD player at this point, so there won't be very many format issues.
From: achanchinou
Date: May 2nd, 2007 - 05:44 pm (Link)
yeah, I agree with this too.

Business card CDs are a good option to look at - they're pretty cheap, and often cheaper than the full size CDs if you get the right place. And you can print them up to look nice.