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  • Olympus ME33 Boundary Microphone Review

    Olympus ME33 Boundary Microphone Review

    The Olympus ME33 boundary microphone is the mic that I recommend for recording medium and large focus group discussions. There are several reasons why, and I’ll touch on them later on in this review, but first a couple of suggestions. If you are looking to record focus groups, meetings or conferences in a boardroom setting, […]

  • Sony ICD-PX470 Review

    Sony ICD-PX470 Review

    Let me begin with a caveat. I am an Olympus fan. I really do like their digital voice recorders. But the recent Sony models are making me re-evaluate that. The Sony ICD-PX470 has become my default backup recorder – and I have a lots of recorders. In this review of the Sony ICD-PX470 I’ll try […]

  • Olympus WS-853 Review

    Olympus WS-853 Review

    3 years after I bought the Olympus WS-853, I write a review! I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to pen this review. Not for the lack of desire – just been bogged down with other “stuff”. But, due to public demand, I’m going to be writing a lot more in-depth product reviews. […]

  • Sony ICD-ux560 Review

    Sony ICD-ux560 Review

    [toc heading_levels=”2″]If you are regular reader of our (excellent?) blog, you’ll have noticed that I recommend the Sony ICD-ux560 as the best recorder for recording interviews, lectures, and small focus group discussions. While I highlight the key features of the Sony ICD-ux560 and give reasons as to why I recommend it, I’ve never done an […]

  • 3 Best Books on Qualitative Data Analysis

    3 Best Books on Qualitative Data Analysis

    Here’s my blogging modus operandi. A client emails me and asks me to recommend a book, software,  recording equipment et al. I make a recommendation and make a note of it in my work diary. If another client asks me to make a similar recommendation – I know I need to blog about it! And […]

  • Recording Research Interviews; Using Your Laptop

    Recording Research Interviews; Using Your Laptop

    Can you use your computer to record your research interviews and focus groups? Yes, you can. But there are 2 mistakes that researchers make when recording their interviews using a laptop that I don’t want you to make. Also, what are the best microphones for interview on your computer? But first, what are the 3 […]

  • How to Transfer Audio Files from Olympus VN-7200 to Your Computer

    How to Transfer Audio Files from Olympus VN-7200 to Your Computer

    I have just completed my fieldwork and I’m looking for interview transcription services. I recorded the interviews using the Olympus VN-7200 digital voice recorder. How do I get them to you? Thanks – Maggie. A recent email from a researcher. And it’s not the first one. If you have recorded your research interviews using the […]