Many people have asked me how I record my teleclasses. I use a digital recorder, connected to my telephone line. Some teleconference companies will allow you to record your call through their service. However, since I also record all my live speeches and workshops, a digital recorder was the way to go for me.
As for digital recorders, I have an Olympus DS-40. Here’s what to look for when buying a digital recorder:
1. That the recorder can be connected to your PC for downloading files easily. I’m not sure if they work with a Mac, so if you have a Mac, you’ll have to research the options available here.
2. Removable storage. This means the recordings are stored on a flash card. By having removable storage you can always buy more flash cards to store more audio if you’re going to record a one- or two-day live workshop (where you can’t get back to your PC to download the recording then remove it off the flash card).
3. That it can store files in MP3 format. This way, you don’t have to do a lot of fiddling with file conversions: MP3 can be uploaded “as is” to your website.
4. That it has both a SP (standard play) and an LP (long play) mode. SP modes give you higher quality audio recording, but reduced the length of available recording because the file size is larger.
5. Long record times: If you’re teaching a full day, 8-hour live workshop, you need to know that your recorder can record the whole day in SP mode.
6. It must have a microphone jack so that you can plug it into your telephone.
Good luck in your search!