How to Transcribe an Interview for Dissertation – Part 1

How to transcribe your dissertation interviews

“[I]t is a truism to note that all transcription is in some sense interpretation …” (Cook, 1990, p.12) In summary, here is how you transcribe your research interviews. DIY – Do(ing) it Yourself Hire a Professional Transcriber Use Software. In this first post of a 2 part series on how to transcribe an interview for dissertation, I’ll start with a brief overview of the thesis transcription process. Then discuss 3 ways to transcribe your research interviews. And finally make a few remarks on accuracy of the transcripts and audio quality. Why Transcripts Before I start talking about how to transcribe your dissertation interviews, just why do it? The reason we do it is because usually we find it much easier to work with a transcript rather than a recording. These days it’s very easy to have an audio or video recording of your interviews; digital recorders (if you are looking to buy a voice recorder… Continue reading…

Best Voice Recorder for Lectures

Best voice recorders for lectures

When I was in college, I recorded a lot of the lectures and found the recordings to be incredibly, incredibly useful. Why? They were a useful learning tool; I used recorded lectures to strategically revisit sections I wanted to reinforce, and when preparing for assessments. I was always amazed, when I listened back to the lectures, how much stuff I didn’t write down! Continue reading…

Zoom H1n vs Tascam DR-05x

In the last 18 months Zoom and Tascam have released new versions of their popular Zoom H1 and Tascam DR-05 digital recorders. The Zoom H1n was released in early 2018, and the Tascam DR-05x became available in early 2019. In this post we are going to compare the Zoom H1n to the Tascam DR-05x. Now, I’m usually hesitant about these kinds of comparisons. That’s because when it comes to voice recorders, it’s very hard to find two recorders that are similar. Yes, you can find different versions of recorders that are alike, but they’re usually from the same manufacture – who are doing some hokey pokey price differentiation. A few examples, Sony BX140 and Sony PX240, Olympus WS-852 and Olympus WS-853 and so forth. And buying the higher priced model gives you additional features. So most voice recorders have very little in common, for instance the Sony ux560  and the Zoom H1n –the 2 models… Continue reading…

CM-1000 Boundary Microphone Review

Image of the CM-1000 Boundary Microphone

CM-1000 Boundary Microphone Review The Good Cheapest daisy chain boundary microphone you can buy. Good quality audio recording. The Bad Poor build quality; “Made in China” design and usability. Very sensitive microphone. Bottom Line If you can’t afford the Olympus ME-33 boundary microphones, the CM-1000s are a cheaper alternative that will enable you to record quality focus group discussions. First, let me thank Frances K, a reader of our blog, for bringing the CM-1000 boundary microphone to my attention. There’s a dearth of options when looking for a 3.5mm boundary microphone with daisy chain capabilities. Let’s have a quick recap why each of these features are important for recording high quality focus group discussions. 3.5mm refers to the output jack of the microphone. To record sound from a microphone you need to attach it to a recorder. And there are numerous ways you can achieve this. Popular ways to connect boundary microphones to recording devices… Continue reading…

Sony ICD-PX470 vs Sony ICD-UX570 Comparison

Sony ICD-PX470 vs Sony ICD-UX570 Comparison

Which voice recorder, between the Sony ICD-PX470 and the Sony ICD-UX570 is right one for you? Let’s talk about it. Today, we’re going to compare the Sony PX470 and the Sony UX570 voice recorders and look at the 3 main reasons you should choose one over the other. The Sony ICD-PX470 and the Sony ICD-UX570 are very similar. Both have 3.5mm mic inputs, headphone jacks, support high capacity microSD cards, record in mp3 and WAV format, come with 2 microphones and have similar microphone sensitivity controls. Both also have slide out USB connectors and speakers, though the px470 has a slightly large speaker.   Sony ICD-PX470 Sony ICD-UX570 Product Dimensions w/h/d 1.51 x 4.5 x 0.0.76 inches 1.45 × 4.05  × 0.49 inches Recording Formats LPCM (WAV), MP3 LPCM (WAV), MP3 Storage 4GB, microSDHC expansion 4GB, microSDHC, microSDXC expansion Microphones Stereo microphones Stereo microphones Ports 3.5mm microphone input, 3.5mm headphone output, USB 2.0 for PC… Continue reading…

Sony ICD-UX570 Accessories

Sony ICD-ux570 Accessories

We recommend the Sony ICD-UX570 voice recorder for recording research interviews, lectures and focus group discussions. One of the frequent asked questions I get are what are the accessories that I recommend. So, here’s a post with all the accessories that I recommend. I try to keep the Amazon links updated, but if you find any are broken, let me know in the comment section below. Thanks. USB PC/Charging Cable It’s possible to charge/connect your Sony UX570 recorder to your PC/Mac without a cable, but the built in USB is the weakest part on this recorder. If breaks off, you are left with a very light paperweight. Now, the cable you should get depends on your PC/Mac. If you own an older computer (PC/Mac) that comes with the full size USB port, get this Female to Male USB-A cable (Amazon link). If you own a newer computer (PC or Mac) with a USB Type C… Continue reading…

Best Voice Recorder for Interviews

Best voice recorders for inteviews

There’s a myriad of ways to record your research interviews. You could use your phone, laptop, or even a camcorder. However, I strongly recommend using a digital voice recorder. Handheld digital voice recorders are compact, affordable and enable you to easily manage the audio recordings, which makes the process of getting your dissertation interview transcripts easy and cost effective.

Summary: Best Recorder for Interviews
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Best Audio Recorder for Focus Groups

Focus group recording devices

Recording focus group discussion is not easy. Focus groups are notoriously hard to control and manage. But crucially, you’ll have to record sound from different sources and directions. That’s not easy. Luckily for you, there’s recording equipment that make recording focus group discussion easier. And that’s my intention, to share with you the best focus group recording devices.
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Sony ICD-UX560 vs Sony ICD-UX570

Sony ICD-ux570 compared to Sony ICD-ux560

If you are looking to make a buying decision between the ux560 and the ux570, here’s my advice. Head over to Amazon (I’ve found Amazon offers the lowest prices) and compare the price of the ux560 and ux570. Whichever is cheaper, buy it. There’s very little that differentiates the ux560 from the ux570. Continue reading…

Sony ICD-UX570 Review

Sony ICD ux570

The ux570 is a wonderful voice recorder. It’s compact, easily portable and can easily fit in your pocket or bag. Records good audio using the 44.1kHz/16bit audio format and the right setting and allows you to monitor your recording. The LCF and NCF filters are powerful and help reduce noise when recording in a noisy location. And the ux570 provides plugin power through it’s 3.5mm TRS mic input.
The USB connector is poorly designed and can lead to a lot of mishaps, I recommend you buy a male to female USB-A cable and use it connect the ux570 to your computer. Without any reservations, I recommend the Sony ICD-ux570 for recording interviews, lectures, focus group discussions and meetings.
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