Dictaphone Transcription Services Guide to Quality Recording
QUICK GUIDE TO QUALITY VOICE RECORDING OPTIONS
Yes, they are still very much around! ‘Dictaphone’ is actually a trademark. It was the name of a company founded by Alexander Graham Bell himself. His products became so popular that the word ‘Dictaphone’ has come to apply to any portable device for recording sound for which voice recording may be used. If you care about these things (and Way With Words always does), the correct form of the word ‘Dictaphone’ is a proper noun, always taking a capital letter. The original digital voice recorder recorded sound with a vibrating stylus on wax cylinders.
The clunky old machines of yesteryear have now been replaced with sleek, handheld digital devices, weighing and costing mere fractions of the original.
DIGITAL VOICE RECORDER? HERE ARE KEY OPTIONS!
Here are some popular tips that should help you with planning your recording using a voice recorder.
OPTION #1 GOING PROFESSIONAL? CHOOSE A DIGITAL VOICE RECORDER WITH A QUALITY BRAND
If you would prefer to use a Dictaphone for your digital recording and have not yet purchased one, popular voice recorder options include Olympus, Sony, and Yamaha. All should come with a removable micro USB for data storage and to transfer files to other devices.
However, there are a lot of other brands in the market for professional voice recording. Two useful resources to look at that compare the best-rated voice recorders are:
OPTION #2 NEED IT FOR EVERYDAY USE? USE YOUR SMARTPHONE AND CHECK OUT TOP-RATED VOICE RECORDING APPS
A handheld recording device designed specifically for recording is now no longer your only option. Almost everyone now has a smartphone – so perhaps consider this option for your next digital recording.
A growing number of apps for iPhones and Android phones allow you to use your smartphone for quality voice recording. Some even compare well with more modestly-priced professional Dictaphones and are not restricted by specific recording time. In addition, some apps offer features such as automatic voice activation with speech or longer recording times using cloud services.
However, the range of apps is enormous and the risk that some apps don’t do the job of providing truly quality sound recording (despite claims to this effect) is there.
You need to do your research but we suggest you start by looking at the most recent top-rated listings for smartphone quality voice recording apps. To help get you going, here are two such articles:
OPTION #3 WANT TO USE YOUR OWN DIGITAL DEVICE (ANY VOICE RECORDING DEVICE) BUT WANT PERFECTION? GET A QUALITY MICROPHONE
As good as it gets out there, nothing beats capturing every nuance or sound using a dedicated microphone. There’s the option of attaching a microphone to your laptop, tablet or even smartphone, which also renders high-quality audio.
Consider this option if want to use your own voice recording equipment. Here are some microphone reviews to audio record correctly:
- Best Computer Microphones (For PC & Mac) 2019.
- The Top 10 Best Computer Microphones in the Market.
- The Best USB Microphones.
And here’s one on how to attach your microphone to your voice recording device: How To Connect a Microphone To Your PC Computer, Laptop, Mac or iPad.
BEST #TIP – CHOOSE YOUR VOICE RECORDER CAREFULLY!
Whatever option you take when it comes to selecting the voice recording device you will use, please remember, that sound quality itself (while often good) will not match that of a device designed specifically for sound recording – read our hints and tips for recording and playback quality sound.
The bottom line for recording and playback is always to choose quality recording equipment that offers the highest guarantee of service. You don’t want to be disappointed after all your effort and time to discover your key interview turned out fuzzy or unrecorded!
TRANSCRIBE YOUR VOICE RECORDING?
Dictaphone transcription services are popular the world over. Dictaphones have been used everywhere from battlefields to boardrooms for recording and playback. They are used everywhere and every day to play an ever-larger role in our lives. For this reason Way With Words provides a high standard of audio transcription for these requirements. We employ some of the best transcription contractors on the planet to ensure your audio transcript is absolutely accurate.
Anyone who records interviews or dictates using a Dictaphone knows the feeling. You’ve recorded your audio, now it’s time to type it out. It’s only an hour of audio, after all, so how long can it take following recording and playback? For a trained and experienced transcriber, one minute of audio recording takes four minutes to type. For someone who doesn’t transcribe it could take anywhere from six or more minutes to type one minute of audio. Subjects mumble, drop keywords and names that you’ve never heard before. In addition, there are maddening vocal habits that make the average person want to scream. Consequently, a half-hour interview can take the layperson an entire day to transcribe.
Spend your time better spent. We source our transcribers from a variety of backgrounds, with many of them being subject specialists. They use custom transcription software, superior sound equipment and must have excellent language skills. Our transcriber teams have experience with transcribing many different digital voice recordings, no matter how difficult the accent or subject matter. They have been recruited, assessed and vetted by us to ensure many levels of compliance when it comes to transcribing your recordings.
Try our dictaphone transcription services to get your dictaphone recordings transcribed with accuracy and precision.