What file format does iTalk Pro use for recording?
The file format is specified by the connected iPod, and you have 2 options. You can record 16 bit WAV files at 44.1 kHz, or 16 bit WAV files at 22 kHz.
To change between these options from the main iPod menu, choose Extras > Voice Memos > Quality and choose either High or Low.
High quality recordings will sound better, but will be larger files than Low quality recordings. Try using Low quality if you are only recording speech or do not have much space available on your iPod.
How do I get my recordings into my computer?
When you connect your iPod to your computer and sync it, your recordings will automatically be transferred to a Voice Memos playlist in iTunes.
Also, the Voice memos will be transferred back to your iPod, but they will appear in a playlist named Voice Memos, not under the Extras > Voice Memos menu.
How can I play back my recordings?
If you have recorded and saved a memo but have not yet synced your iPod with your computer, you can access your voice memos by navigating to Extras menu and selecting Voice Memos.
If you have already synced your iPod and transferred your Voice Memos to the computer, then you should be able to access them from a playlist named Voice Memos within your iPod. Just menu back to the Main menu, select Playlists > Voice Memos.
iTalk Pro does not play back audio; it only records. To hear the playback, plug headphones into your iPod or listen to the recordings on your computer using iTunes.
What iPod models are compatible with iTalk Pro?
iTalk Pro is fully compatible only with 5th generation iPod with video and 2nd generation iPod nano.
Although iTalk is compatible with 2nd generation iPod nano, please note that you must remove your iTalk from the bottom of this iPod model when you want to listen through headphones, as this is where the headphone jack is located.
Does iTalk Pro require software?
No, iTalk does not require any additional software to work. Your iPod normally includes the necessary software that allows iTalk to record onto it. Your iPod must be updated to at least Version 1.1.1, however. From the main iPod menu, go to Settings > About to see if your iPod has this update.
If your iPod needs to be updated and you have iTunes 7, just connect your iPod to your computer. If your iPod summary does not appear, click on your iPod in the column on the right. Under the Summary tab, you will see the option to Update or Restore. Choose Update.
If your iPod needs to be updated and you have iTunes 6 or older, go to http://www.apple.com/ipod/download/ to download the iPod Updater from Apple’s website. After installing, you will be prompted to either restore or update your iPod. Choose Update.
Once you’ve updated your iPod, disconnect it from the computer and plug iTalk onto it.
My iTalk isn't working. It doesn't go directly to Record mode.
- Make sure you have installed the latest iPod software update from Apple. You must use an iPod with video (5th generation) with software update version 1.1.1 or later. If you are unsure which version you have installed, you can check this by navigating to the Settings > About menu directly on your iPod.
- Disconnect your iTalk for one minute, then reconnect. When the red LED blinks, iTalk is working and will go directly to Record mode.
- If this doesn’t work or if there seems to be a problem with your iPod, you may want to reset it with iTalk attached. To reset your iPod, press and hold the Menu and Select buttons until the Apple logo appears on the screen. Then release the buttons and wait until you see the Main menu.
My voice memos disappeared from my iPod.
When you sync your iPod, iTunes will open by default. Your voice memos will appear in the Voice Memos playlist in iTunes. Back on your iPod, the voice memos will have moved from Extras > Voice Memos to Playlists > Voice Memos.
Where are my voice recordings stored on the computer?
By default, a playlist will be created in iTunes called “Voice Memos” and those files will be transferred there automatically. The files themselves can be found on your computer in your iTunes Music folder in Unknown Artist > Unknown Album.
Can I plug my own microphone into iTalk Pro?
Yes, but some microphones will work better than others. The 3.5 mm input works with line level devices, meaning your best bet is a high impedance dynamic mic.
Depending on the microphone you’re using, you may want to change the automatic gain control to low or high. To change this setting, press and hold the iTalk button for a few seconds and let go. A screen will appear on your iPod where you can change the gain setting from Auto to Low or High by tapping the iTalk button. Press and hold the iTalk button again for a few seconds to confirm the selection and exit the menu.
Please note that some microphones require their own separate power source (sometimes referred to as “phantom power”). To use such a mic with iTalk Pro, you may need to run the microphone into an appropriate preamp first.
Does iTalk Pro have any sort of input gain control?
Yes. Depending on the microphone you’re using, you may want to change the automatic gain control to low or high. To change this setting, press and hold the iTalk button for a few seconds and let go. A screen will appear on your iPod that will let you change your gain setting by tapping the iTalk button. Press and hold the iTalk button again for a few seconds to confirm the selection.
Do I need to update my iPod to use iTalk Pro?
Your iPod with video (5th generation) must be updated to at least Version 1.1.1. From the main iPod menu, go to Settings > About to see if your iPod has this update.
If you need to update it, go to http://www.apple.com/ipod/download/ to download iTunes.
How long can my recordings be?
Your recording length is only limited by the battery life of your iPod and by the amount of available hard disk space.
With the iPod video, you’ll probably get around 1-3 hours on a full battery. With the iPod nano, you’ll get 2-6 hours, depending on how much memory you have free.
Why do my recordings skip during playback?
There are a few things that could cause your recordings not to playback smoothly.
The first thing to check is your GAIN setting. If your recording level is set to AUTOMATIC and the volume of what you’re recording varies from loud to soft at times, then iTalk is probably switching itself back and forth from low to high, producing a noticeable effect in your recordings. To adjust the recording level, hold the iTalk Pro button for 3 seconds and release. You will see a menu on your iPod screen. Press and release the iTalk button until the option you want is selected. To confirm your selection, hold the button for 3 seconds and release. Your recording level will be set.
If that does not fix the issue for you, then your iPod is probably too full or fragmented and is looking for places to store your recording. The skipping would be produced by the iPod “looking” for space and not finding it quickly enough. An easy way to solve this is to restore your iPod to factory settings through iTunes. You would have to reload all of your music to your iPod after this procedure.
Will iTalk Pro work with my new 3rd generation iPod nano or my new iPod classic?
With the latest version of the iPod’s firmware, the current version of the iTalk Pro appears to be fully compatible with the 3G iPod nano and the iPod classic. The only difference is that you’ll have to manually navigate to your Voice Memo menu once the iTalk is attached.
Please be aware that future iPod firmware change may affect this compatibility.
Is iTalk Pro compatible with iPod touch?
Unfortunately, iTalk Pro is not compatible with iPod touch. As far as we know, iPod touch does not work with any voice recorder currently on the market.
Will this product work with the iPhone 3G?
Unfortunately, this product is not compatible with the iPhone 3G. The new iPhone does not support voice recording through the dock connector at this time.