USEFUL RECORDING TIPS
My useful recording tips:-
Buying a Suitable Voice Recorder
- For dictations, interviews and focus groups, we recommend you buy mono recorders. There is no real advantage on buying a stereo device for this type of work. Mono recorders are cheaper, the files size is smaller than stereo files, which means they will be a lot quicker to upload to your PC.
- We recommend you buy an Olympus, Phillips or a Sony device, these are the most popular ones. You want to be looking atspending around £80 – £100.
Recording an Interview
- Use a digital recorder, Smartphone or tablet.
- Check your batteries – always use new batteries or charge the recorder.
- Try and carry out the interview in a quiet environment, ideally in a small room, large open spaces can make the audio less clear. Avoid bars, restaurants, being outside in the street and other noisy environments.
- Where possible, sit opposite your interviewee and place the recorder on a table between you.
- Although most recorders pick up sound from all directions, you will notice microphone holes in the recorder so try and point them at both participants.
- Try not to hold the recorder or conceal it in a pocket or a bag, as this severely reduces the audio quality to a point where it could be useless for transcription purposes.
- Speak as slowly and as clearly as possible and make the other participant aware that they need to do this also. If you think that one of you has a quieter voice, then place the recorder slightly closer to that person.
Recording a Dictation
- You can use a smartphone or tablet, but for the best results try and use a digital recorder.
- Check your batteries. Get into the habit of charging your batteries on a regular basis so you always have a couple of spare to hand should your batteries run low.
- Always try and record in a quiet environment, ideally in a small room with doors and windows closed to stop any background noise. Avoid bars, restaurants, being outside in the street and other noisy environments – back ground noise is a typist’s worst nightmare and can lead to a less accurate transcript.
- When talking into the recorder, keep it as still as possible and hold it about 30 cm’s away from you, any closer and the recording may become distorted.
- Speak clearly and not too quickly, remember that someone is going to have to type out your recording!
- Always do a short test and have a listen to check whether the recording device is working correctly and check the audio quality.
Recording a Conference
- We recommend you hire a professional recording company who provide all the equipment and will give you an audio recording at the end of the day, some even arrange to have the recording transcribed for you at an extra cost.
- It is important that the person chairing the conference organises the day carefully and ensures that there is only one person speaking at a time, especially during the Q&A.
- You will always get coughing, sneezing, this cant be avoided, but its good to make the audience aware that the recorder will pick up noises such as whispering, foot tapping, pen clicking etc. and ask them to keep noise to a min