How can I get a good recording?
If using tape:
- Use best quality tapes at all times and ensure fresh batteries are loaded.
- Do not use micro or mini cassette recorders for group discussions as they are designed for one voice dictation you will not get a good recording!
Conferences & Seminars : If a conference or seminar is being run then we recommend using a Audio Visual company. Most conference venues can supply this.
Group Discussions : If conducting a group discussion please ensure the following for both digital and analogue recordings:
- Provide written notes, copy of seating plan, spelling of names/terminology, question prompt sheet, ie: any information which will help make an accurate transcription
- Use an external microphone(s)
- Position microphone(s) close to speakers.
- If possible, record in a "closed-room" environment.
- If names are required then please introduce the participant so the transcriber can identify the voice and ensure the convenor prompts each speaker, ie: "Over to you John" "Thank you, Sue".
- Similar accents/voices will be coded for the researcher to identify (eg. S1, S2).
- Ensure participants speak one at a time, without mumbling, towards the mike
- Do not allow eating or drinking whilst recording. Crackling crisp bags or clinking crockery can drown out vital information (as well as give the transcriber a headache!)