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  • However, since I had to do it whether I liked it or not, I decided to just grit my teeth and start preparing for it early
  • After searching around for a while, I finally settled on a Sony ICD 8600 model, which cost me £20 on Amazon
  • When my package arrived, I was very impressed by my purchase
  • It has an LCD screen which I found large enough to clearly show me all the information I needed pertaining to the current state of the dicta-phone The buttons were also very easy to use and were well labelled so I didn't have a problem figuring out how to use it without consulting the manual first
  • All in all, I think this is a perfect tool recording interviews especially for university students, and I would recommend it

    • by James Amulyoto
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      I am a part time student in university, and when I started my latest module, I was horrified to find that I had to interview at least three people (strangers) for half an hour each on their personal lives and social policy. I am normally a very shy person, so the thought of having to approach strangers and ask them what I considered to be personal questions scared me a lot. However, since I had to do it whether I liked it or not, I decided to just grit my teeth and start preparing for it early. The first thing on my agenda was to get a device on which to record the interviews. Some of my close friends and relatives suggested that I used the audio recording facility on my phone, but I wasn’t very confident about this since my phone is a bit old and is therefore not very reliable. If I used it, I could end up losing everything

      when it decided to format itself as it normally does. I decided to get myself a dicta-phone, and so I researched for one. I wanted one that wasn’t very expensive since I wasn’t going to be using it a lot, but also reliable since I would want to keep it for a rainy day.

      After searching around for a while, I finally settled on a Sony ICD 8600 model, which cost me £20 on Amazon.

      When my package arrived, I was very impressed by my purchase. This particular model seemed small enough to operate with one hand like a phone, but it wasn’t so small as to give me the impression that it would easily break. It has an LCD screen which I found large enough to clearly show me all the information I needed pertaining to the current state of the dicta-phone The buttons were also very easy to use and were well labelled so I didn’t have a problem figuring out ...


      • how to use it without consulting the manual first.

        One thing about this device that impressed me was the fact that it had a folders section, which allowed me to store my work under different folders. For example, I had some personal recordings of my children singing some silly song which I decided to store under a folder I named personal, and I also had the University interviews which I stored under one I called University stuff. This device can store up to three hundred hours of recording when the quality is at the lowest setting. On the highest setting, I found that I could record up to sixty hours of audio, which is still a lot in my opinion. I found playback on this device to be very good; I often could hear background noise, showing how clearly it recorded sound. One thing I learnt was that for interviews, it is good to record while in a quiet environment as this device

        has a very sensitive microphone and can often pick up even the slightest of noises.

        One issue I had with this devices was it’s playback. I expected it to have a facility for slowing down playback so that it would be easier for me to transcribe, but sadly it didn’t. This meant that I had to keep pausing the player in order to type. This wasn’t a big problem for me since I can type quickly, but for anyone who’s slower it would take a lot of time to transcribe from this device. It also doesn’t have a USB port, so it’s not possible to transfer the audio files onto a computer, a feature that I would have appreciated a lot.

        This dicta-phone uses AA batteries, and even though I have used it for around six months now, I have never had to change them. All in all, I think this is a perfect tool recording interviews especially for university students, and I would recommend it.




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