Everyone who does qualitative research has to deal with ways of recording interviews. Just found something useful, simple, and effective — and clever!
So I have an Olympus digital voice recorder (DVR) for use with interviews. But it looks like I may do some phone interviews — how to record?
There is an Olympus accessory for recording calls. Had to order online – $20.
I was thinking it would plug into the phone, and after I ordered it I thought — does my phone at work have a jack for a headset? And when I do such calls from home I use my cellphone, free long distance — this says “suitable for cellphones” but mine has a different kind of headset jack from others.
Ha! No problem.
This device looks like an earpiece you would use for an MP3 player. It plugs into the mic jack of the recorder. Then the earpiece has a mic on its back! So you put the earpiece into an ear, then use your phone on THAT ear, so the earpiece is between you and the phone, and it funnels both sides of the conversation into the voice recorder. Clever!