Post 80 / The Next Language


I have always been keen to reduce bulk- especially with the advent of the digital age. I put in my years lugging around Nagras with many 7 ½ inch reels of tape, batteries, and accessories. I usually planned, for a month or two of travel, my outfit would include 50 pounds just in recording equipment.

Pictured is the Sennheiser 421 I carried back then — the same microphone that we are still using today! It weighs 13.6 ounces. It costs about $200 dollars and of course needs the digital MixPre6 to actually digitize the recording.

This is the Sennheiser recording of Luke 2:10…


Meet the Zoom H1N (pictured on my baseball hat). This digital stereo recorder weighs 2.4 ounces. That includes the batteries and the micro card memory of 32 gigabits — easily enough to record a complete New Testament. It costs about $100.

This is the Zoom recording of Luke 2:10…


Outwardly these two microphones look similar but don’t forget that the Zoom H1N is a recorder. You don’t need microphone cables. You have everything needed to record in those 2.4 ounces — and with a quality that is professional.

In the photo of Demetre (who is recording the new language of Zapoteco de Juquila Vijanos) you can see both the old and the new technology at work. We began by giving Demetre a baseball hat with the mission name and “5fish” on it and then clamped the Zoom H1N to it – no tripod – nothing. Demetre was left with the new baseball hat that will be a reminder of where to find his recording when it is published on 5fish.

You can see that he is closely following his outline on his cell phone, on which we had planned the program. He is referencing a related Zapoteco New Testament and is translating on the go. The actual act of recording this language barely took an hour because the planning and preparation were all prepared digitally. Someday we will probably be able to do the recordings remotely without the ten hours of winding roads that took us to Demetre’s mountain and back.

We can thank God for the technology that makes all this possible. We are living in an age where the physical reality of the Glory of God covering the world as the waters cover the sea is very literal.

God Bless,

Larry DeVilbiss | Executive Director

Global Recordings Network USA

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God Comes to a Dirty World – Post 78
Corn in Mexico – Post 77
When the Church Says No – Post 76
War – Post 75
Theirs Is the Kingdom – Post 74
The Hippie Era Lives On – Post 73
Genesis of a Recording Set – Post 72
Back Tracking – Post 71
Witnesses- Post 70
Who Is Your Owner? – Post 69
An Unsolicited Endorsement – Post 68
Oral Tradition – Post 67
Works of  Man – Post 66
Deliverance – Post 65
New Discoveries – Post 64
The Wall of Pain – Post 63
Is There a Place for the Gospel in Your Story – Post 62
The Love Pyramid – Post 61
Obsession – Post 60
Verb Tenses in Hebrews – Post 59
The Unseen Weapon – Post 58
The Gospel Arrives in Zapoteco:Elotepec – Post 57
Fishing – GRN Style – Post 56
A New Day in Mexico – Post 55
Seeking – Post 54
Pick Your Battles – Post 53
How Big Is Your God? – Post 52
A Muted Gospel? – Post 51
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Two Weeks, Two Months, Two Years – Post 49
What Will You Give to Jesus – Post 48
Special Assignment – Post 47
The Good and the Best – Post 46
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Verifying Speech Varieties – Post 44
Those God Things – Post 43
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The Lost Languages – Post 41
The Rest of the Yoke – Post 40
What About Those Last Languages – Post 39
A Yoke That Fits – Post 38
The Other Side – Post 37
It Is Finished – Post 36
On the Ground in Culiacan – Post 35
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Unseen Warfare – Post 33
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