Over the last year, my partner Patsi Krakoff and I have been hosting a teleseries called Conversations with Experts. Every Conversation has been recorded and the audio programs are available for sale. We’ve also recorded many of our teleclasses and then transcribed the audio to created our ebooks and other info products.
Until today, I relied on a VA to do the recording for me. Though it took the pressure off me, sort of, to attend to the recording process, it also gets expensive at $30+ per recording. Well, I’ve finally put together the components so I can do the recording myself. Took long enough, but sometimes, there are things I just don’t want to do!
OK, I’m going to share my tools and system if you want to employ this as one of the methods you use to create content for a book or info product. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer or you’re on a budget until your book becomes a bestseller, then here you go…
First, there is an investment in some hardware required.
No doubt you have a telephone. I have a Panasonic cordless phone similar to this one with which I use a headset.
Next, I purchased a Sony Digital Voice Recorder (ICD-SX25) for about $120 on the recommendation of a woman I met last month at Tom Antion’s Internet Marketing ButtCamp. This recorder comes with Digital Voice Editor software so you can transfer the recorded file to your computer for editing.
Next, from Radio Shack, I purchased a Wireless Phone Recording Controller ($25) which hooks up to my telephone and the recording device. Note: you have to turn the controller on if you expect to actually record when you’re on the phone! Duh!
Now you have lots of stuff that has lots of cords and your desk is a bit messy. I can’t really describe here how everything hooks up together, but if you follow all the pictures on the packaging, you’ll get it. It did take me two attempts to get everything plugged into the correct spot.
Make your call
You’ve got it all hooked up. The controller is ON. You call in to your conference line or call the person you are interviewing. Hit the RECORD button and talk.
After the call
You will need to install the Digital Voice Editor software on your computer BEFORE you attempt to transfer the file from the recording device to your computer. Follow the basic installation instructions.
Once the software is installed, connect your voice recorder to your computer with the USB cable that was included with your voice recorder. Your computer will recognize the device.
Open the software and indicate the type of device you are using. You will be guided through steps to set up the software and the defaults you want to use. A new folder will be set up on your computer where you can auto-save the audio files when they get transferred. You can also choose the type of file you want to create. The recorder cannot create mp3 files so you’ll have to convert them later. I save my files as .wav.