The Lawler Manoeuvre – Actually Not The Best Way To Record Phone Calls

olympus TP-8 how to record tape phone calls

On a recent episode of ABC Four Corners, a weekly current affairs TV show in Australia, a senior figure who presides of large industrial disputes demonstrated how he secretly recorded, with an Olympus digital voice recorder, private phone calls. Unfortunately he had not done his research on phone call recording otherwise instead of the awkward … read more

Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancelling Microphone Also Works With GoPro

I just stumbled across this great video on YouTube from Brendan Wenzel in the US using an Olympus ME-52W noise cancelling mic with a GoPro. The ME-52W is commonly used with the Olympus range of digital voice recorders to cut down on wind noise when recording outside or when recording audio that is going to … read more

New Boundary Microphone ME-33 from Olympus

Olympus have just release a new microphone in Australia called the ME-33. The ME-33 is commonly known as a boundary or array microphone and connects to any Olympus digital voice recorder including the Pro DS series dictaphones (DS-7000/DS-3500) and the traditional meeting recorders like the DM-3 (this is the preferred recorder with the ME-33’s) or … read more

Digital Voice Recorders In The Community – Audio Books

LibriVox - Resource for downloading and recording public domain free audio books

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Another example of digital voice being put to a great use is at a website I recently stumbled upon called – I was on the hunt for audio books for my children when Google pointed me to this resource. Simple concept, they tend to be the best ones, which is take public domain books and have volunteers from around the world record themselves reading them. In turn producing a huge catalog of free audiobooks for the world to enjoy. This is a fantastic initiative, not just because my children get to listen to some classics but for the great many people who for some reason or another can’t or don’t want to read.

LibriVox was started back in 2005 by a man called Hugh McGuire and since then has amassed a few select sidekicks to help with web design, audio book cataloging and the day to day running of LibriVox. Add to that the legion of  volunteers worldwide the LibriVox catalog has grown and grown very fast.

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Compare The Olympus Voice Microphones

Olympus ME-51S, ME-52W, ME-12, TP-7 & ME-15


##UPDATE## The TP-7 has been discontinued and replaced by the TP-8 ..

Most people while browsing for a new digital voice recorder or dictaphone will notice that Olympus have a number of microphones available as an optional extra. Many assume incorrectly that you need to buy a microphone when you purchase a voice recorder. The microphones built into the Olympus digital notetaker and dictaphone range are superb. So why have a range of mics? Well the optional mics serve specific purposes, e.g. to record telephone conversations or to reduce excessive background noise.

In this post we will look at each Olympus microphone and identify what they would be typically used for. All Olympus digital voice recorders are compatible with all the Olympus mics.

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