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Mini Voice Recorders

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Thursday, September 8th, 2011

If you’re looking for a covert or overt recording mechanism, mini voice recorders are the way to go.  Mini voice recorders often have a good range, clear crisp digital recording, and many other features.  In this article will explore some of the potential uses for mini voice recorders and some of the features of the mini voice recorders that Security Camera King has to offer.

However, before going any further it’s important to read the warning that follows concerning audio recording that is performed without the consent of all individuals participating and their knowledge that they are being recorded.

WARNING:  There are state laws concerning the recording of conversations without all those participating in the conversation being aware of the recording.  Check with your own state laws to make sure you are complying with state, federal, and/or local laws if you are covertly recording conversations.  Oddly enough, there doesn’t seem to be too many restrictions on video capture, but there are plenty that deal with audio recording.

For many states where a security camera with audio is used, a simple notice or sign posted in the area of the camera is sufficient enough. (For example, “These premises are protected by digital video cameras with audio.  Both video and audio is being recorded.)   Other states may have more elaborate requirements to be compliant.

Mini voice recorders, especially today’s mini digital voice recorders have so many features and options that they are really quite versatile in use.  Security Camera King sells two 576 hour digital phone/room recorders; product# DPR-N88 and product# DPR-N308 (which comes with an aluminum case).  For example, the dimensions for product# DPR-N88 are 1.3 x 4.4 x.5 inches and the unit weighs approximately 3.20 ounces.

Some of the uses for these recorders may include:

  • Legal covert audio recording (for example, criminal investigations)
  • Recording birthday parties, anniversaries, retirement parties and other similar events
  • Recording school lectures
  • Recording telephone conversations (see Warning) especially if the calls are threatening, obnoxious, and/or unwanted
  • Recording children’s band concerts
  • For bird watcher enthusiasts, recording bird sounds
  • Dictation, especially for medical dictation
  • Leaving notes for family members
  • Listening to the FM radio
  • Use as an alarm clock
  • Music editing and playing

There are just as many features, if not more, than there are uses for these mini voice recorders.  Here’s an example of just some of the features of these small, light-weight mini voice recorders:

  • High capacity re-chargeable lithium battery that can be recharged using the USB port on your computer
  • Internal memory protection switch
  • Music playing in three different formats:  MP3, WMA, and OGG file types
  • Selectable recording rates:  SP, LP, HQ (Standard and Long Playing and High Quality)
  • Audio and Line-In inputs
  • High fidelity amplifier with high quality speaker
  • High speed USB 2.0 connection to your computer
  • Stereo recording with built in stereo microphone
  • Backlit LCD display
  • Ear protection function
  • Scrolling display
  • Includes built in tools such as a Calendar, Record Auto-timer, Stopwatch, and Alarm clock
  • 3 default folders for storage
  • Voice activated recording
  • A-B Segment repetition
  • External Microphone connection
  • Ear microphone included for telephone and mobile phone recording

In addition, both mini voice recorders include the following accessories:

  • Earphone
  • Ear microphone
  • USB cable
  • Audio cable
  • Battery charger
  • User’s manual

Product# DPR-N308 mini voice recorder has the same features and functions as product# DPR-N88 but also includes touch pad key layout and a rugged aluminum case.

You’ll never need to concern yourself with storage capacity as both units will record up to 576 hours of audio in the LP mode.  Both recorders are excellent professional quality recorders designed to do the job without being large and bulky.

If you have any additional questions about these mini voice recorders, contact one of our security experts today via “Live Chat” or telephone at 866-573-8878 Monday through Friday from 9AM to 6PM EST.

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Voice Activated Recorders

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Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Voice activated recorders are exactly what their name implies; they are audio recorders that record when activated by a sound.  Voice activated recorders may be used for a multitude of tasks such as securing witness statements, oral note taking, recording college lectures, etc.

 

Security Camera King features two different digital recorders that can be voice activated.  They are Product #s DPR-N88 and DPR-N308.  In the following article we’ll describe how voice activation works and look closely at each recorder offered for sale by Security Camera King.

 

But first, let’s talk a little about voice activation and recording.  First, voice activated recorders have a microphone and a speaker.   The recorder has the microphone wired to a small Integrated Circuit (IC) chip that is basically a listening device with a relay.  Should the microphone pick up a sound (any sound will cause activation if loud enough, not just voices) the IC sends a signal to a relay which controls the on/off function of the recorder.

 

As mentioned earlier, voice activated recorders can be used for many things.  If they are being used for covert recording the voice activation feature can save a lot of storage space and power allowing the recorder to record more and run longer.  However, one important point to address is that these types of recorders often must be tested in their user location to see if the recorders pick up is strong enough to activate the recorder as needed.

 

Also, most small recorders including voice activated recorders often have to be tested by trial and error in getting the device’s microphone pointed in the proper direction and placed in the proper position to record conversation.  Sometimes the microphone has to be placed just right to pick up the targeted sound.

 

Product# DPR-N88

This is a 576 hour digital phone and room recorder.  It can be used as a stereo recorder and it has a built in FM radio with a recording feature as well.  The 576 hour record mode is the recording time available when set in LP mode.  The recorder has a backlit LCD display.

 

It can record in several formats including WAV, ACT, MP3, and WMA.  It has one output for an earphone jack and also one input for an external microphone jack.  It comes with its own built in rechargeable Lithium battery.  The size is small and sleek, 1.3 inches x 4.4 inches x,5 inches and it only weighs about 3 ounces.

 

The following is a list of some of its features:

  • Stereo recording with built-in stereo microphone
  • FM radio with recording function
  • Backlit LCD display
  • Ear protection function
  • Scrolling display
  • Built-in tools – Autotimer, stopwatch, alarm clock and calendar
  • 3 default folders for storage
  • Voice activated recording
  • A-B segment repetition
  • Ear microphone included for telephone and mobile phone recording
  • High fidelity amplifier
  • High quality speaker
  • Line IN input
  • Audio input
  • 3 recording modes, SP, LP, HQ
  • High Speed USB 2.0 connection
  • Multilanguage display.

 

Product# DPR-N308

This recorder offers all the same features at the DPR-N88 above but it also have a touch pad key layout and a rugged aluminum case.

 

The following is the list of features (same as above):

  • Stereo recording with built-in stereo microphone
  • FM radio with recording function
  • Backlit LCD display
  • Ear protection function
  • Scrolling display
  • Built-in tools – Autotimer, stopwatch, alarm clock and calendar
  • 3 default folders for storage
  • Voice activated recording
  • A-B segment repetition
  • Ear microphone included for telephone and mobile phone recording
  • High fidelity amplifier
  • High quality speaker
  • Line IN input
  • Audio input
  • 3 recording modes, SP, LP, HQ
  • High Speed USB 2.0 connection
  • Multilanguage display.

 

If you have any additional questions or concerns about these voice activated recorders contact one of our security experts either via “Live Chat” or telephone at 866-573-8878 Monday through Friday 9AM – 6PM EST.

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