Best Voice Recorder for Interviews (Updated 2019)

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
Sony ICD-UX560: lightweight and low profile; powers up instantly; amazing sound Continue reading…

Sony ICD-ux560 Voice Activation

Sony ICD-ux560 Voice Activation

Yes. The Sony ICD-ux560 does come with a voice activation feature, though it’s labeled as Voice Operated Recording (VOR). This is a feature that I rarely used, but I’ve been looking for ways to use my Sony ICD-ux560 a lot more and decided to try it out. I’m not going to share why I decided to use the VOR feature – it’s rather embarrassing, but I was disappointed with the results.

How does voice activation feature work? The voice activated (VOR) feature enables the ux560 to automatically starts recording when a sound louder than a preset voice activation level is detected, and automatically pauses recording when the sound volume level falls. Continue reading…

The 64GB SDHC Memory Card

The 64GB SDHC Memory Card

Yes, a 64GB SDHC Memory Card. SD standards limit the size of a SDHC card to 32GB. And you’ll never find a manufacturer that’ll make 64GB SDHC card. YES, all those 64GB Samsung SDHC cards are fake! But, in this post, I’ll show you I magically turned my Samsung EVO Select 64GB SDXC memory card into a Samsung EVO Select 64GB SDHC memory card. Why?

A couple of reasons really. If you’ve read my review of the Zoom Hn1 recorder, Continue reading…

Best encrypted voice recorder

Best Encrypted Voice Recorder

“…only query I have is, is it possible to password protect the recorder?”

Being easily portable and valuable, voice recorders are easily lost or stolen. If you are recording sensitive information, for instance patient health Continue reading…

Recording Qualitative Interviews: Mobile Phone or Dedicated Voice Recorder?

Recording Qualitative Interviews: Mobile Phone or Dedicated Voice Recorder?

Obviously a dedicated voice recorder. That’s been my default answer. But I recently got this comment from a reader of this blog:  “Have recently finished about 20 qualitative interviews and used a ‘Voice Recorder’ app downloaded to my phone. Everything was crisp clear except for one interview in a ‘quiet’ restaurant that later became noisy – so yes I agree with you about location.”
And so I set out test a few recording apps on Continue reading…

Best Sony Voice Recorder

Best Small Sony Voice Recorder : TX800

Truth be told, I’ve never been a fan of Sony. I’ve always thought their build quality was “so so” – owned a Sony Walkman that gobbled up my MJ tape, I was not happy. However, I now own a few Sony voice recorders and I’m impressed.

Because I had such low expectations? Continue reading…

Best Olympus Voice Recorder

Best Olympus Voice Recorder

The Olympus brand is synonymous with voice recorders, since they introduced the Zuiko Pearlcoder – the world’s first microcassette tape recorder, in 1969. And in 1997 announced
the D1000, their first digital voice recorder.

My first voice recorder was an Olympus microcassette tape recorder that took me through college. Since then I’ve been a loyal fan, and the Olympus voice recorders have been Continue reading…