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Can anyone recommend a phone to use and record (for podcasts) open conference calls? Answered

I've got to find a good, if possible not too expensive either, phone that I can use to have and record conference discussions which I can then podcast out.

Can anyone recommend anything?

Thanks!
 

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caitlinsdad

8 years ago

For the general user, recording a telephone conversation is illegal, that whole wiretapping thing..., but maybe in a valid business or academic use, all parties on the phone must consent to be recorded and know that recording is taking place. The easiest way may be to just put them on speakerphone to participate in the conference call. Record with a microphone. Not the best quality, but you should be able to get a clear voice. You could jury-rig and wire up a direct connection to your recorder, but that is "tapping" into the lines.

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babykittencaitlinsdad

Reply 8 years ago

Thanks Caitlin, yes, the recording is for business purposes and completely legit. We've tried recording our session with an iphone which worked fine, however when we tried to record and teleconference with members of staff in other locations, they could barely hear us, so the iphone is not an option anymore. I'm really looking for a solution that emcompasses the calling/listening/recording aspect all in one.

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babykitten

8 years ago

Thanks for your advice. I'm also looking for a good conference type phone just to use for our meetings as other phones haven't proven very successful. Any ideas? The recording and downloading the audio file idea sounds good though. Appreciate your help :-)

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babykittencaitlinsdad

Reply 8 years ago

Hi Caitlinsdad, thanks for the recommendation of the phone. Do you know much about it? It says it's only suitable for small rooms, up to 3-4 people, yet it has a microphone range of 7 feet, which is quite a lot, that would suit a room of say 10 people. That would really suit us but not for just 3-4 people I think, unless that doesn't matter and the sound is really awesome.
Thanks!

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caitlinsdadbabykitten

Reply 8 years ago

A really long conference table would have two of these units evenly placed on the table. It is like any normal speakerphone where you should be close enough that you don't have to shout into it. It is great where you have a crowd huddled around a center table. Give on a try and you can always add more "satellite" expandable speaker/microphone units later. The only thing to watch out for is that you might need the digital version that plugs into digital office phone networks, they are different from regular POTS(plain old telephone system)/analog or home phone lines, but then the office IT guy/gal would be worrying about finding and installing your conference phone. Maybe some office supply places would be willing to give you a loaner to test out before buying.

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babykittencaitlinsdad

Reply 8 years ago

Thanks! I've ordered one and will let you know how I go. Have a great day and weekend :-)

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caitlinsdad

8 years ago

There are " free conference call" website services that you dial into with the regular phone to have them record it and you download the audio file. I do not know how good/secure/spamfree they are but they may suit your purpose. Conferencing in a hacked answering machine or feed to a computer recorder and then balancing audio levels of all callers or remixing may be troublesome. I guess some conferencing recording rates are relatively inexpensive? Good luck.