A Brief History of Audio Recorders: Voice, Miniature & Digital
We have forgotten the efficiency of voice recorders today. Unlike a generic voice recording app on the smartphone, an actual voice recorder is what takes your recording to the next level.
Voice Activated Recorders
As the name suggests, these recorders are activated by voice. The moment it hears a voice, the recorder gets triggered. Such recorders are generally used by surveillance teams and law enforcement officers. The issue with such recorders is latency.
Extremely efficient and hardly detectable, mini recorders are highly useful. These can be incorporated into pens along with digital cameras which do the work of spying and also can help to convert the recorded data directly into scanned images for sharing. The only con in using miniature recorders is that they can be easily misplaced.
Stereo or Digital Voice Recorders
Digital voice recorders are generally mono sound recorders, but there are some which do record in stereo mode too. These recorders, racked up with better quality, are larger in size. They are more expensive than the other kinds of recorders and are preferred mainly for musical tracks, interviews or any other live programmes.
Advantages of Voice and Audio Recorders:
Capacity: Unlike recorders on smartphones, digital voice recorders have higher storage capacity. They can store several recordings at the same time.
Portability: Voice recorders can be easily carried around and also be used more efficiently.
Transferable: Audio and voice recordings can be easily transferred to other devices and also saved as other formats.
Bookmarking: These days, recorders help you to mark parts of a recording for future reference.
Points to keep in mind while buying a Voice Recorder:
Size: The recorder you want to buy should be portable for convenience.
Storage: Always buy a recorder with higher storage capacity or else you will have to constantly keep deleting previous recordings to capture new ones.
Stereo or Mono Support: It is always preferable to buy stereo voice recorders as they give you superior quality recordings. Whereas, a mono recorder uses just one mic to record, leading to compromises in the expected quality of your essential recording.
Power backup: It is advisable to buy a recorder with higher battery life for long music recordings or interview sessions.
List of Voice Recorders that’ll blow your mind away!
- Roland R-26 6-Channel Digital Field Audio Recorder
2. Olympus DS-3500 Professional Dictation Digital Recorder
3. Zoom H6 Portable Recorder Kit
4. TASCAM DR-100mkII 2-Channel Portable Digital Recorder
5. Philips DPM6000 Digital Pocket Memo Voice Recorder