Choosing A Dictation Machine!

A dictation machine is ideal in a variety of situations. You can use the equipment while taking notes in a class so that you can go back and listen to what the teacher said. Dictation equipment is often used in a court setting so that everything said by the judge, attorneys and other members of the court can be read at a later date and verified. There are a few things to look for when you are searching for a dictation machine.

There are still machines that use cassette tapes when recording. If you have a way to play back the tapes, then these might be a solution, but most machines are digital. Look at the capabilities of the digital system. Some might be able to store more information than others for a longer time. This is something you need to keep in mind if you are planning on being in one setting for long periods at a time.

The portability of the machine is something else you need to look at as you need to be able to get the machine from your home to the room where you will be recording. Some machines are small enough to fit inside a purse while others are a little larger but still fit inside a briefcase or small bag. You want to make sure the machine can be connected to a computer so that you can easily transfer what was recorded. When the files are transferred, it will be a little easier to transcribe what has been said. Check to see if any special software needs to be used with the machine in order to listen to what has been recorded.

Test the machine before using it to record meetings or lectures. Adjust the sound settings so that you will be able to clearly hear everything that is said instead of straining to understand the person speaking. There are some machines that will allow you to edit what is said or to look up specific sections of what has been recorded based on specific keywords. This is something you would likely need when taking notes for a test or learning of new methods for a job.

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