- Most dictaphones allow you to record in High and Low quality modes. The high quality mode will improve the audio, but will reduce the maximum recording time.
- You can connect an external microphone to most voice recorders.
- Cardioid microphones pick up sound from one direction only - These are useful for interviews.
- Omnidirectional microphones pick up sound from all around. A good use for these is a round-table meeting.
- Place your microphone and recording device as close to the subject as possible for the best quality audio.
- Make sure your recording device and microphone have new batteries in.
- Check the sound recording level and adjust if you need to, if your device allows you to.
- Backup your recording to a computer as soon as you can.
- Audio editing software, such as the free package Audacity, will let you remove some background noises and adjust the sound level so it is easier to hear.
We hope that clears things up a bit. Recordings without hiss or buzz are much easier on the ears.
Always refer to the manufacturer’s manual for specific details.