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Best microcassette recorders for under $50.00

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  1. Guest

    Hi there-
    I would like to get a microcassette recorder to record therapy sessions
    on my speakerphone....i have tried the GE 35377, twice, and both broke
    down very quickly (don't buy that thing...money down the drain!). But
    what is a reliable model (for under $50.00)? I sure don't know. I am
    not keen on going digital cause money IS an issue, plus i need
    something with removeable media (& i believe only the more expensive
    digital recorders come with removable cards, not to mention the cards
    themselves which are more money than tapes). Really appreciate any
    suggestions. Thanks.

    shygirl
     
  2. You would have more $$ if you ditched therapy and the cell phone.......
     
  3. Marc Heusser

    Marc Heusser Guest

    Get the best mp3 recorder you can afford, transfer to your computer, and
    burn to CD if necessary.
    Using a Marantz PMD-670 (too expensive for your needs) for the same
    purpose.
    Otherwise get an old Olympus microcassette recorder off e-bay - but mind
    you the tapes are not free either. (There are inductive telephone
    adapters and cheap condensor microphones for it too.)

    HTH

    Marc
     
  4. RaeMorrill

    RaeMorrill Guest

    For what purpose? If you're taping them for someone else to transcribe
    be ready for rates to go up. Recording off speakerphone could be bad.
     
  5. Guest

    Thanks Marc.....i don't know *anything* about mp3 recorders.....i liked
    the microcassette recorder idea cause i thought it was the cheapest
    solution plus i can use it for other things too like taping lectures if
    i want.

    shygirl
     
  6. TimPerry

    TimPerry Guest

    well since you have a computer why not record directly to it? use a free
    program like Audacity.

    for the removable media: thumb drives are really cheap these days
     
  7. 1> ALL "micro" cassette machines are shit. They all sound poor,eat batteries
    and they are limited in time.
    2> Regular cassette machines are MUCH better and cheap, can use C-120
    tapes.Digital machines are the best and you can archive
    to CD-R.
    3> Use a direct connect interface, speakerphones SUCK,sound choppy are
    extremely annoying. If you are that lazy buy a headset.
    If I was your patient I would hang up on you.
    4> This one is a biggie. Recording telephone calls without the PRIOR CONSENT
    OF THE OTHER PARTY IS A
    CRIME IN MOST STATES AND FALLS UNDER FEDERAL LAWS.
    If caught you would lose a lot, more than likely your practice.
     
  8. Consider digital, or minidisk.

    (Followups set to sci.med.transcription)
     
  9. Guest

    Well, that was quite the post!! Why do you assume the other person
    does not know what i am doing???? (& i am doing it with only one
    person, btw). I would like to know that, please. The person does
    know in fact, and i asked her permission before doing it.

    As far as being "lazy" goes, that is not the issue.....i am no techy,
    and this is simply the only idea i came up with to record my sessions
    over the phone.

    I can *maybe" agree with one thing you have said here tho.....i have
    read quite a number of reviews on microcassette recorders now and it
    does seem they are not very reliable...maybe i am better off chosing
    another method of doing this, i don't know. But I liked the
    portability of a recorder and the fact i could use it for other things.

    shygirl
    PS my speaker phone sounds pretty good actually...to me and to the
    person on the other end. :p
     
  10. Guest

    hi-
    no, the tapes are for personal use only, so that i can play them back
    as much as i need to...i don't plan to have them transcribed.

    shygirl
     
  11. Guest

    well, yes, obviously!!!! :)
     
  12. Guest

    hmmm....this is an interesting idea......i would need to get some kind
    of a mic i suppose....i will look into this, i think. thanks. How
    good is the sound quality? compared to a m-recorder? Do you know?

    shygirl
     
  13. Guest

    To Mr. Perry:

    Well, that was quite the post!! Why do you assume the other person
    does not know what i am doing???? I would like to know that, please.
    The person does know in fact, and i asked her permission before doing
    it.....and i am the patient, btw, not the therapist.

    As far as being "lazy" goes, that is not the issue.....i am no techy,
    and this is simply the only idea i came up with to record my sessions
    over the phone.

    I can *maybe" agree with one thing you have said here tho.....i have
    read quite a number of reviews on microcassette recorders now and it
    does seem they are not very reliable...maybe i am better off chosing
    another method of doing this, i don't know. But I liked the
    portability of a recorder and the fact i could use it for other things.

    shygirl
    PS my speaker phone sounds pretty good actually...to me and to the
    person on the other end. :p
     
  14. Guest

    To Mr. Morrill:

    I tape my sessions purely for personal use.....i want to be able to
    play them back as much as i want/need to. I will not be transcribing
    them.

    shygirl
     
  15. Guest

    sorry, i am new at using google to post.....i think my reply to Mr.
    Perry should have been directed at Mr. Schnurd.

    shygirl
     
  16. TimPerry

    TimPerry Guest

    for the archival voice grade use you have specified almost any computer
    soundcard should be adequate.

    almost any type of cheap (like $5) computer microphone placed near the
    speaker phone should be adequate. an omni directional pickup lavaliere type
    would be fine.

    this is assuming your computer has a functional mic input (most do) and
    enough hard drive space to record large audio files. (and a few other
    assumptions)

    regarding recording phone conversations: this will vary state to state in
    the USA but in general as long as one party knows the recording is in
    progress it is OK.
    often, as in the case of harassing calls, law enforcement agencies request
    that recording be done to assist in the investigation. use of the recorded
    material is a separate issue.

    of course there are better and more elegant ways to record, such as the use
    of telephone hybrids or voice couplers but for your stated purpose and
    budget are simply not necessary.

    there are many other types of recording devices available, however nearly
    all will not meet your stated needs: cost, size, features, complexity of
    operation, limited recording time and so on.

    i am currently field testing a Zoom flash card recorder. even after buying
    the largest smartmedia card it will take (128MB) and switching to the lowest
    data rate it only records for about 120 min. then you have to "dub" in
    real-time to archive the data unless you invest in a card reader. many of
    these type of devices are aimed at musicians who want to create and edit
    songs, therefore have an excess of features you will not need: want a beat
    track? drums? bass? ... i didn't think so :)

    a drawback to my recommendation is that you might have some startup
    headaches getting the mic functioning / adjusted but once up and running it
    should be smooth sailing. if your computer is relatively new you may not
    have any problems at all... just plug, install the recorder, and go.
     
  17. RaeMorrill

    RaeMorrill Guest

    Well, I don't know which poster you're responding to here, but keep in
    mind when you cross post you're going to get mixed reviews. We have no
    idea who you are, what you're doing, why you're doing it, etc.

    When you put this up in a group of the people who may be asked to
    transcribe it you may get a different response than in a group of
    electronics experts.
    Plus it pisses some of us (me anyway) off to get a post like this that
    then gets us innudated with posts from people we never heard of.

    And no I'm not going to bother to mark their newsgroups off my response.
     
  18. RaeMorrill

    RaeMorrill Guest

    Now all these responses with no quotes to show to whom or what post you
    are responding.

    Rae <Santa brought me a cold - not in best mood>
     
  19. RaeMorrill

    RaeMorrill Guest

    Do you not know that Rae is generally a female spelling of the name.

    SHEESH.
     
  20. Check out this letter SHYGIRL wrote in 2004....
    And she is a Therapist??? god damn I sure hope not!
    http://www.pahealthsystems.com)
    - (http://www.pahealthsystems.com/forumdisplay.php?forumid=375)
    -- (http://www.pahealthsystems.com/showthread.php?threadid=77884)

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Posted by shygirl on 09-03-04 09:14 PM:
    Trouble with my psychiatrist- need advice

    Hi-
    I have been going to this mental health center in my community for somewhere
    between 7-
    8 years to get help for a serious mental problem (schizoaffective disorder).
    After many
    years with the same doctor but too many incidents where it looked like he
    had lied to
    me, didn't care about me and really didn't seem to like me I'd had enough
    and stopped
    going there. I never notified the center about what I was doing and the
    center never
    bothered to contact me to find out why I wasn't showing up anymore (more
    proof that no
    one gave a shit about me there). I was taking medication at the time and
    continued to do
    so even after leaving. After 9 months, when my meds started to run out, I
    decided to
    contact the center again to get a new prescription (I didn't know who else
    to ask). They
    assigned a new doctor to me (cause the old one had left) and then some
    *really*
    bothersome things happened:
    1) My new doctor tried to get me to sign treatment plans for the period I
    was absent from
    the center, when there obviously were no treatment plans because I was
    absent from the
    center (and not in contact with anyone there while absent)! He also
    actually
    lied about not knowing when I was absent when I confronted him about it-
    just trust
    me on that.
    2) He, the new doctor, acted extremely bored and put off during our initial
    interview
    together- always looking away and looking put-off! When he said good-bye at
    the end of our session it
    was like an after-thought and noticeably forced.
    3) The rest of the staff at the center also seem put-off by me. The
    receptionist is
    borderline XXXXX to me- always giving curt answers to my questions among
    other things.
    The social worker couldn't be less enthused when/if she says hello to me
    when i come in.
    And I think I heard the nurse tell the doctor that I was an XXX-hole. My
    proof that I'm not
    imagining all this is that these people behave differently towards other
    patients. They are
    far more friendly to them and happy even to see them, usually asking how
    they are doing.
    They never ask me that.

    I don't really know what to do because I don't think these people are
    necessarily bad, quite
    the contrary. They're just put-off by me (and the treatment plan business
    was a mistake
    they made that, ok, they're trying to cover up). I've asked the nurse once
    if they have a
    problem with me but she says no and that they want to help me (but
    admittedly she is new
    and said this after only one meeting with me). I don't believe it. The
    only things I can
    think of that I'm guilty of that may bother people are that I have
    difficulty trusting and
    difficulty liking people (even though I want to- but people just don't seem
    to like me much
    no matter what I do and I hate it), but I don't know how they would know
    about the second
    thing cause I thought I didn't show it. Going somewhere else doesn't seem
    like much of a
    solution since I seem to put-off many people (and I've tried asking what the
    problem is and
    no one admits to anything). So, if I haven't pissed all of you off yet,
    would you tell me
    what you think about all this? What would you do? I'm trying to get off
    the meds, but
    until I do, I still need some kind of a doctor for prescriptions (and I
    don't have a primary
    care physician at the moment). Thanks for reading (sorry it's so long).

    shygirl
     
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