I’m often asked which recording method is best for dictation to create audio files for transcription. There are three main methods: digital recorder, computer apps and smart phone apps – all have their pluses and minuses. My favorite method, especially for beginners, will become very obvious as you read on. Digital Recorder I will only write about the Zoom H1 Handy Digital Recorder, which retails for about $100. I’ve used several other brands/models, but hands down, the H1 is the simplest digital recorder I’ve ever used.…Read more »
There are many mic brands and models out there, too numerous to review here (and there are plenty of reviews already). The only one we can personally recommend from experience is a Shure SM57 – the audio industry’s workhorse – the mic of choice for the White House press room, touring musicians and countless radio station field reporters.
If you only need one mic, it is well worth the $99 – it will last for years and years.… Read more »