3 Tips for Recording Meetings, Interviews and Lectures
What is the best way to record a conversation?
Conversations are extremely useful. That’s why we often like to meet with colleagues to discuss important developments or interview clients in order to extract useful information. The conversation itself is organic, natural and allows for the seamless flow of information between individuals.
It may seem that you have gathered all of the information required in the meeting, with the ability to refer back to any notes or minutes if there is anything you might have overlooked. However, to capture each and every detail and subtle nuances of each conversational branch – taking down notes in the age of digital recording just does not cut it any more. You could miss something…
If you are taking down your own notes, is it possible that you could miss out on key points while you are preoccupied? If you are reading minutes, can you be sure that the transcriptionist is going to cover all of the information that’s relevant to you? If you are jotting down key points in a lecture, are you fully focused on the lesson?
The solution? Record your conversations. You will be able to focus fully on the task at hand without concerning yourself with having to try to remember everything that you need to – you will have your own copy of the conversation to refer back to whenever you need it.
Want to get the most out of meeting, conference, interview and lecture recording? Follow our top tips for perfect conversation recording and you will wonder why you ever needed to take down notes in the first place…
1. Consider how many people are taking part in the conversation
If there are only two participants in the conversation the solution is simple. Many digital voice recorders are now equipped with a selection of microphone pickup configurations; so instead of a narrow, directional pickup (useful for recording from one sound source) opt for a device that allows you to record using an omnidirectional cardioid pattern (ideal for recording sound from multiple sources). An Omni-directional microphone basically has a wider field of pickup – ideal for small conversations with participants sat relatively close to each other.
If you are in a larger meeting you will want to make sure that each voice can be heard clearly. A digital voice recorder with additional conference table microphones will provide excellent audio quality in this scenario. You can simply expand your meeting by placing additional microphones where needed and capture all of the audio from everyone’s voice in one file on one device.
2. Think about where you are recording
Are you conducting an interview outside? Then you may need to take into consideration the element of background noise. You won’t want your audio to be spoiled by picking up additional voices or masking the speaker’s voice with wind or traffic noises. Consider a digital voice recorder with noise-cancelling abilities to ensure that you only get crystal-clear audio from the only sound sources you want to hear.
Are you recording a lecture? you might be needing to pick up from a sound source some distance away. Consider a recording device that allows for directional recording to make sure you can isolate the speaker, in this case, the lecturer.
3. Have you thought about your security requirements?
Often overlooked by some; when recording any audio that contains personable, identifiable or otherwise sensitive information might require an additional element of data security in place in order to protect the information contained within the recording. This is especially important under the new GDPR. If data security is vital to your work – you should consider a voice recorder that allows you to protect the device and encrypt recordings in order to ensure that unauthorised access to the file is eliminated.
Don’t miss any crucial information; make sure you’ve captured everything you need to in one neat, tidy and clear audio file and you will always have something to refer back to when required. If you need any further advice, why not ask the experts – save yourself the time of trawling through webpages looking for what you need and call us today on 0121 456 7800 for a 1:1, no obligations consultation.