GOOD EQUIPMENT CHOICES
Use standard size cassettes whenever possible.
They provide better quality and durability.
Check your batteries. If you don’t know
how old they are, replace them. Turn off voice activation . Set the
recorder on standard speed , not slow speed ( most micro-cassette recorders
have two speeds) . Buy a telephone record coupler that connects between
the phone and handset to tape directly from the phone instead of recording
from the speaker-phone . Last, if you record on a regular basis, invest
in a good quality recorder and microphone. A couple of hundred dollars
invested in equipment will save you thousands of dollars in transcription
costs and improve the quality of your transcripts.
and spell the names of subjects at the beginning of the
recordings. If it is important that individuals in a
2 or 3 person group be identified in the transcript,
please have them identify themselves at the beginnings
of the session . Note that more than three people in
a discussion are usually impossible to identify on an
audiotape . If you want us to match a name with a voice
, they must identify themselves ever time they speak
. Give us a terminology list whenever possible ; any
document or Power Point presentation will help . Last
but not least, test the recording . Stop and listen after
a few minutes of conversation to make sure everything
is working properly and the most important voices can
be heard clearly.