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Digital Voice Recorders

A digital voice recorder records and stores audio, and the device is often small enough to fit in your pocket. While many smartphones have the ability to record audio, digital voice recorders don’t have to share their storage space with apps and other data. You’ll find 8GB digital voice recorders, 4GB digital voice recorders as well as other storage capacities. Consider what you plan to use your voice recorder for and how often you will use it when choosing the memory capacity. Also consider what you will be recording and why you need to record. Knowing these answers will help you pick a device that has what you need.

Uses

A voice recorder is an exceptionally handy piece of equipment. Students who need to record more than a few lectures will appreciate having a digital voice recorder with ample space. Recording lectures, experiments, group meetings and more can be a big academic booster. Business professionals in many trades will also find this little gadget useful. Attorneys can record depositions and client meetings, surgeons can record operative notes and journalists can record interviews and press conferences.

Device Types

Digital voice recorders come in many shapes and forms. There are small devices that you can easily keep out of view, and there are larger handheld devices that are great for podcasts, press conferences and theatrics. If you are looking for an unassuming device, look for voice recorders that look like key fobs and pens. They can be out in plain sight and record covertly. Be sure to check the storage capacity of smaller devices, as smaller devices don’t always have the largest storage capacities.

Audio Quality

Audio quality or fidelity deals with the accuracy of the sound your device plays back. Just like a video recorder takes a certain number of images per second, audio recordings do the same thing with sound. This is measured in kHz; the higher the kHz, the higher the quality of the recording. If you need your volume to be consistent, pay attention to the bit rate. This ensures that the voices farthest from the recorder are just as audible as those closest to it. Mono and stereo will affect the way anyone hears your recording. Mono uses one microphone, which means that the sound mixes equally between the left and right headphone. Stereo uses two microphones. This is helpful when recording in multiple directions.

Brands

There are many digital voice recorders to choose from. Brands like Sony, Philips, Olympus and TASCAM offer a wide range of devices that would serve well in a large number of applications. Something like the Sony ICD is an excellent choice for students, while creative professionals may prefer a model by Zoom.

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