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Choosing a Transcription Recording Device
If you are going to be recording audio for transcription, it is important to acquire the best sound possible for transcription accuracy. Please consider recording on one of the following devices listed in order of preference.
We recommend investing in either a MP3 recorder or WMA recorder and a decent microphone.
If you have already recorded your audio, see our section on duplicating your tapes.
Currently we recommend only the Zoom H2n, Zoom H4, or the Tascam DR-05, . This set of devices when used with our recommended settings have the potential of recording 'Type-1' audio for interview transcription. We think the Tascam DR-05 is the best choice overall in terms of price, performance and size followed by the Zoom H2n.
The Zoom recorders include more professional features and record directly in the MP3 format which we prefer. Use the links above to get the most current prices for the H4 and H2.
The multi-track recorder is better for focus groups as it can record up to 8 seperate microphones simultaniously. (You would need to purchase microphone separately.)
The Sony ECM-MS907 listed above will not work with the Zoom H4.
We do NOT recommend any device that records in the DSS or DVF format. They sound horrible and will NOT qualify for Type-1 billing. The featured recorders record in the much higher quality MP3 and WAV format.
Recommended Setting for Olympus DS-40/DS-61 (Archival Information):
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