Digital Audio Recorder

The digital audio recorder is the latest in technology for office dictation, recording personal notes at meetings or conferences, and for less savory activities such as phone taps and other surveillance. Dictation via recording has almost completely replaced dictation to a live person who sat across the desk from the boss and wrote shorthand into a notebook. The difficulty with the person-to-person process included tying up two people for whatever time taken to dictate the letters or other documents needing to be produced. With the advent of the digital voice recorder, a secretary is freed to do other things while her boss did his dictation. Transcription time didn't change much, because she could read her own shorthand just about as quickly as she could listen to the spoken word.

The earliest recording dictation machines were cumbersome requiring space and standard audiotapes. The dictator wanted a recording for his secretary to transcribe used a microphone attached to the digital voice recorder. When the dictation was done, the tape was given to the secretary who had a transcriber about the same size as the recorder. The transcribing machine had a foot pedal attached for her to adjust the speed of the dictation to the speed of her typing. When she was through transcribing the letters or documents, she usually erased the tape and gave the information back to her boss. Before computers, she would give the boss her transcribed material as drafts for him to read over. He would make changes in the margins, and she retyped them for his signature.

Later came the much more compact and convenient hand-helds, with the micro cassette tapes--the precursors to digital audio recorders. Once computers became more popular the process was simplified greatly. Any changes could be made by going into the document that had been saved on a disk, and printing out the corrected letter without completely retyping it. The first recorder was not totally reliable, and was harder to operate than the current models. Backing up the recorded material to record over a mistake was hard to do, and sometimes impossible. A digital voice recorder is reliable, although more expensive than micro cassette recorders. Up to five microphones can be attached to some of them for recording everyone's remarks during a meeting. One model of a high-end option says there are 277 hours of recording available on it, and room for 266 pieces of music to listen to. On most models, an LCD screen lets a person view the files and pick one out to play back. It also has a docking station for hooking up to the PC to download or upload files, and has a file management system. It is important to know the history of such technologies in order to better things in the future.

Finally, computers could save the documents on their hard drives. Floppy disks might be used as a backup against a hard drive crash, but with the creation of the CD burner floppy disks are no longer necessary. A digital audio recorder is the next step in the process. There is almost no limit to the amount of material that can be recorded before downloading or transcribing. A plus is the absence of audiotapes, so one piece of equipment is all that is needed. Since they are operated with memory cards instead of mini tapes, recording can begin as soon as it's turned on and usually somewhere between 4 and 6 hours of recording can be done on one memory card. A digital audio recorder is also an entertainment item when recording music and playback. Headphones are available as attachments for listening pleasure, and the music can be transferred to the PC in seconds.

The value of current technology is clear to a busy business man who could use commuting time to dictate, or to a student who would rather begin his homework writing project by talking into a digital audio recorder. Anything that fits in the palm of the hand and can download onto a PC has to be a very handy tool indeed. The digital voice recorder is no doubt the wave of the future. It is said in 2 Corinthians 4:17 "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; God is with us in many ways, for some it is His will to give knowledge to help improve our way of life."

A digital telephone recorder is now available on the market for recording telephone conversations. There are many reasons why conversations may need to be recorded, and using the latest technology will allow users to do so with convenience and speed. While recording phone conversations is nothing new, the digital phone recorder far exceeds the competition, the cassette recorder, in performance. Depending upon the manufacturer and the budget, different features are available. The top of the line devices can record up to ninety-six hours of conversations. This amazing technology also offers improved quality in voice clarity. There are no tapes that can be damaged, worn out, or torn. Recordings can be played, replayed, and played again without putting the quality of the recorded voice or two-way conversation at risk. These devices are also completely silent, because there are no running tapes that can be heard as the machine records. And, the digital recording systems are also much smaller than the cassettes. Some are as small as 5 inches in length. Just as the CD replaced the cassette in entertainment, digital recorders will replace cassettes in listening devices.

Journalists who utilize their telephones for conducting interviews and gathering important information will want to give the digital phone recorder a try. Those who spend their days researching and talking with people will find this method somewhat revolutionary as it is both simple to operate and much more efficient than the old cassette recording methods. With digital telephone recorder systems there is no need to keep a stock on cassette tapes or find places to store the boxes of old tapes that you just hate to get rid of. One never knows when an old interview might come in handy, right? When the new digital technology is utilized through a PC, interviews and telephone conversations can be saved in a CD-Rom. CD Roms typically hold about forty-six hours of conversations.

Another great advantage to using a digital phone recorder for taping important conversations is that the messages are much easier to transcribe. The traditional cassette tape would have to be rewound to play back hard to hear words, phrases, or personal phonetics. But, this technology can allow the user to playback the recording in a slow setting. And, when the conversation is uploaded to the computer, users can quickly find the point of the interview wanted by clicking a button. One can imagine how simple this technique would be for the latest breed of journalist, the Web Journalist. Posting material online can be accomplished straight from interview to readers with amazing speed, eliminating the need to transcribe, type, and retype important conversations.

These high tech devices can come in handy for a number of other projects beyond journalism. Business men and women have been known to use a digital telephone recorder to keep accurate records of sales conversations or business decisions made while on the phone. Having a digital phone recorder allows an individual to have accurate information that was received from a doctor, attorney, financial adviser, or supervisor safely in a file. Not only does this allow the one receiving information to verify what has been said, but it also keeps those who make promises, accountable. Recordings may also be beneficial with three way or conference calling when conversations can become confusing with several people talking. Not all devices record two-way, so when seeking to purchase a digital phone recorder, be sure and investigate the different features offered.

These types of recorders can also be used by private investigators or government officials in recording conversations for the sake of gathering inside information. Digital telephone recorder tapping has become more wide-spread as individuals have easier access to technology through the Internet. It is important to use a device such as this for only honorable reasons. Recording a person's private telephone conversation without their knowledge is illegal in some states. It may be a good idea to check out all of the privacy laws with regards to recording, before attempting to ease-drop by taping a private conversation. Acting with integrity is demanded of Christians in scripture. The Bible teaches all believers to trust in God and expect mankind to disappoint. Don't cave to temptations to use this technology against another person or to dishonor the Lord.

There are many different manufacturers that offer digital telephone recorder systems and accessories online. These models are more expensive than the traditional cassette recorder, but in the long run, those buying digital technology will find the quality, time saved, and storage space to be worth the cost. Certain models may come with USB connections that can load conversations directly into a PC, while others may require software to transcribe. Determine first what technology is important, then comparison shop the different manufacturers that supply the features wanted. Log on today and research the different make and modes, finding recorder that will fit your budget.

Digital Tape Recorder

A mini digital tape recorder allows individuals to record conversations discreetly and undetected. Fictitious agent Maxwell Smart would love to get his hands on one of these tiny high-tech devices, or a handy voice-activated wrist watch. For years, private investigators and law enforcement agencies have used listening or recording devices to catch criminals in sting operations or drug busts. In a court of law, a voice recording is admissible evidence and undercover agents regularly rely on high-tech devices to crack a case. But homemakers, entrepreneurs, physicians, and students can take advantage of twenty-first century micro-technology to record hours of telephone conversations, lecture notes, presentations, and patient information simply and economically. Tiny digital sound recorders are much more effective than larger cumbersome models, offering superior sound duplication in a compact package measuring just 1x4 inches for some models.

Listening devices are also available as men's and ladies digital MP3/voice recorder/player wrist watches. Perfect for the CEO on the go, these watches are power packed with a 32 MB internal memory and a 256 MB flash drive, with the capacity to tape up to 9 hours of meeting notes, business conferences, or personal memos. After a busy day at the office, executives can relax to the sound of thousands of music selections via a built-in MP3 player. Secretaries and administrative personnel can use a digital tape recorder to take dictation and transcribe notes later with efficiency and ease. High school and college students can easily tape lectures without missing important references or assignments. Simply download data using a USB interface, compatible with most home or office PCs and operating systems.

The beauty of using digital sound recorders versus old fashioned magnetic tapes with cumbersome power cords is the ease of use. Once the recorder is set for "voice activated," it will automatically record conversations or lectures until the voice stops. Taping continues when the voice resumes speaking; it's that simple! To gather evidence of telephone harassment, proof of workplace violations, or to battle legal disputes, digital recorders can be plugged into any phone jack to hear and tape conversations. Once the recorder is plugged into a phone jack, voices are automatically recorded the moment a telephone conversation begins, and ends the moment the conversation stops. An extremely sensitive, built-in microphone switches on and off, recording only when there is sound. Pauses and interruptions in the conversation are automatically eliminated. Users simply unplug the device and upload recordings to a home or office PC. A playback option allows immediate listening, or users can re-record conversations to another medium for a more permanent record, using available software.

A word of caution: While some individuals may want to use a digital tape recorder to eavesdrop on conversations or for the purposes of criminal entrapment, it is best to consult an attorney before using listening devices that might infringe on the privacy of others and potentially cause criminal damage to someone's character. In the case of workplace violations, legal disputes, or marital problems, individuals must be led by their conscience and wise counsel before proceeding with what could possibly be deemed as illegal taping. "Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established" (Proverbs 15:22). "Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand" (Proverbs 19:20-21).

There are a myriad of legitimate usages for high-tech listening devices without breaking the law or tampering with justice. The ease and convenience of taping patient care notes has been a motivating factor for doctors and healthcare professionals to use digital sound recorders. A busy dental or family practice requires going from room to room visiting patients with diverse illnesses and conditions. Doctors and dentists can simply speak into a voice-activated device, date stamp patient notations, and download data on the office PC for transcription, or to prescribe treatment or medications. Instead of taking copious notes and running the risk of eliminating crucial details, news reporters, editors, and columnists can conduct more relaxed interviews, tape informative conversations, and download notes to a PC with minimal editing. When inspiration hits, authors can easily record story ideas, plots and themes on the go before a special moment of brilliance is extinguished.

A mini digital tape recorder is affordably priced, starting at under $200 up to nearly $400 at most retail electronics stores. Voice-activated wrist watches are slightly higher, starting at nearly $300 for most men's and ladies' models. Fully functional watches are slightly larger than most standard non-recording models; but the benefits outweigh the sporty, yet heavier look. The benefit of wearing a watch recorder is the completely hands-free operation, especially for busy executives and travelers. Hands-free devices can come in handy for joggers or hikers who may want to tape directions through mountainous terrain or to camp sites. While these devices are a bit pricey for children and youth, shoppers can browse online suppliers for models with fewer bells and whistles. Discount shopping sites may offer used units at bargain basement prices.

Shoppers can browse online electronics supplier websites for great deals and seasonal specials. A word to the wise: Buy the best brand for the dollar. Shoppers should check the specs on good quality digital sound recorders to make sure that the flash memory and hard drive are compatible with home or office PCs and operating systems. Devices should come with telephone recording adaptors, earphones, upload cables and software, clips or carrying straps, an instruction booklet, and optional warranty. In a courtroom, a clinic, or a classroom having a high-tech digital tape recorder handy can mean the difference between winning a case, prescribing the right prescription, or acing a final exam.

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