Phone Recorders Miami Coral Gables Florida
Before talking about any phone recording device and Spy World as a law respectful company we should warn you about the legislature that controls this kind of activities.
Florida’s wiretapping law is a “two-party consent” law. Florida makes it a crime to intercept or record a “wire, oral, or electronic communication” in Florida unless all parties to the communication consent. See Fla. Stat. Ch. 934.03. Florida law makes an exception for in-person communications when the parties do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the conversation, such as when they are engaged in conversation in a public place where they might reasonably be overheard. If you are operating in Florida, you may record these kinds of in-person conversations without breaking the law. However, you should always get the consent of all parties before recording any telephone conversation and any in-person that common sense tells you is private. Phone recorders Miami Beach Coral Gables.
In addition to subjecting you to criminal prosecution, violating the Florida wiretapping law can expose you to a civil lawsuit for damages by an injured party.
Consult The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press’s “Can We Tape? Florida” for more information on Florida wiretapping law. Phone recorders Miami Beach Coral Gables.
Types of Phone Recorder Devices
Telephone answering machines are one of the most common devices used to record phone calls. They are equipped with a variety of features, including the ability to decode and store outgoing phone numbers or, if the caller ID service is available, to store incoming numbers associated with the message. Time and date functions are usually supported. Thus, it’s possible to create a record of transactions, without having to take notes about time or party called.
Digital tape recorders are being popular but are still limited by recording times, unless they are larger units equipped with hard drive storage. Removable memory cards, similar to those used in digital cameras, could be used to increase recording time on smaller units, the disadvantage being that they have to be manually exchanged.
Analog recorders have the advantage of low cost and wide distribution. Digital recorders have the advantages of compression, quick upload to a computer system for storage, and opportunities for analysis of the data. Digital recorders also enable data to be edited or reorganized. Phone recorders Miami Beach Coral Gables.
The following are examples of phone recorders you can find on the market:
Speakerphone: If you don’t want to spend any money, this is probably the cheapest possible way you can record phone calls. Use a speakerphone and set a tape recorder or your PC’s microphone right next to it. It works and you might get some good quality recordings out of it. But as you know, speakerphones are annoying to the people you call and you have to take turns talking, as opposed to being able to talk at the same time with any other method. Instead of using a speakerphone, you should at least spend on a suction cup microphone.
Induction Coil Mic: This method of recording is nice because it’s portable and can be quickly hooked up to almost any telephone, even a pay phone. You don’t have to have access to the wiring of the phone; you just stick the suction cup on the back of your phone’s handset and plug the other end into a tape recorder, stereo or your computer. If you have a phone handset that has electronics in the handset (i.e. the dialing keypad is IN the handset) then you might end up with interference in your recording. It’s best to use the suction cup on a phone where the handset is separate from the rest of the phone. But if you don’t have a choice, try positioning the suction cup in different places, like on the side of the handset or on the top. You can even stick it on the opposite side, where your ear normally goes, as long as you can still hear the conversation okay. If you do this, you’ll probably need to wrap some tape around the suction cup and phone to hold it on. You can buy the suction cup phone recorder at Spy World. Phone recorders Miami Beach Coral Gables.
In-line Recorders: This device is one of the favorite methods of recording phone calls and has almost always produced the best quality recordings. In-line recorder plugs into any phone jack in your house and will record phone calls from any phone on that same line. These are great for tapping lines – you could hide one of these in a closet with a tape recorder and nobody would ever know that their phone calls were being recorded. If your tape recorder has a “remote” jack on it, this device will automatically start your tape recorder each time a phone in the house is picked up. Then it will stop recording when the caller hangs up. There are different models. The expensive model claims to be “smart.”
In-line Phone Cassette Recorder: This device works just like a regular in-line recorder but it has the added convenience of having a tape recorder built into it. You can either hook it directly into the phone line so it will record every phone in the house, or you can hook it to your phone’s handset so that it only records from your phone. It can be activated by voice or it can just start rolling tape whenever a phone is picked up.
Olympus TP-7 Olympus TP-7: This is a very useful device for doing covert recordings in public – we used it for most of our Wal-Mart prank calls when we picked up the phones in their stores to talk to customers. The TP-7 sits in your ear and looks like the old cell phone earpiece people used before we had Bluetooth earpieces. The other end plugs into a standard microphone jack on a digital recorder or another recording device. Then any phone you put up to your ear will be recorded. This works best on landline phones, but will also work on most cell phones. Phone recorders Miami Beach Coral Gables.
JK Audio QuickTap JK Audio QuickTap: This device connects between your telephone and its handset. It won’t work in a telephone that has the dialing keypad in the handset. The dialing keypad must be on the phone. Once connected, you plug it into your audio recording equipment. This device is supposed to contain a nice mix of both sides of the conversation.
JK Audio THAT-1 THAT-1: Connect THAT-1 between your telephone and handset for quick access to audio in and out of the telephone. Simply unplug the handset coil cord from the base of your telephone and plug it directly into the THAT-1. Then, using the supplied cable, connect the THAT-1 back to the telephone. Now connect your audio equipment or powered speaker using the RCA jacks. The grey pushbutton selects which audio will be sent to the telephone (OUT = talking on the handset, IN = sending audio in through the RCA jack). The output RCA jack contains a nice mix of the audio from both sides of the conversation, as well as the tones being pressed on the keypad. The volume control adjusts the volume of the signal going to your powered speaker or tape recorder. The THAT-1 will work with many different types of analog and digital PBX and ISDN telephones. The receive side of the THAT-1 (audio from Phone), will work on any telephone. To send audio to the telephone (To Phone), the telephone must have an electret type microphone in the handset. Phone recorders Miami Beach Coral Gables.
JK Audio THAT-2 THAT-2: Connect THAT-2 between your telephone and handset for quick access to audio in and out of the telephone. The THAT-2 is the big brother of the THAT-1, which is very popular with news reporters for its small yet rugged design. Over the years we’ve heard from many of our customers that they liked the THAT-1 but would prefer professional XLR jacks and compatibility with more telephone systems. Here is the answer… The THAT-2, a passive handset interface with professional and consumer jacks, separate input and output volume control, a selector switch for the different types of telephone systems, and still no batteries or AC needed. Simply unplug the handset coil cord from the base of your telephone and plug it directly into the THAT-2. Then, using the supplied cable, connect the THAT-2 back to the telephone. Now connect your audio equipment or powered speaker to the RCA or XLR jacks. The grey pushbutton selects which audio will be sent to the telephone (OUT = talking on the handset, IN = sending audio in through the RCA jack). The output jacks contain a nice mix of the audio from both sides of the conversation, as well as the tones being pressed on the keypad. The THAT-2 has a three-position switch which accommodates electret, dynamic and carbon telephone handset microphone types. The THAT-2 will emulate the type of microphone that is on the handset and allow you to send audio into many different types of analog and digital PBX sets, as well as ISDN telephones.
JK Audio Inline patch: This unique hybrid works with your telephone to give you more control over interview recording and playback. The Inline Patch is a little box that connects between the base of an analog or cordless telephone and the wall jack. You can continue to talk on the phone and get access to audio on both sides of the call. The unit two back-to-back hybrids give you complete control of audio from both sides of the call. Audio input jacks let you mix sound bites or music into your conversation. One stereo output jack provides your voice on one channel and the caller’s voice on the other channel. A second output jack contains a mix of both voices. The Inline Patch can also be used as a simple phone-line hybrid coupler. The Off Hook/Norm switch lets you seize a phone line without using a telephone. This switch can be remote-controlled with a simple contact closure.
Computer Software as phone recorder.
Skype is a popular alternative to cell phones and landlines. While there are hardware solutions for recording calls with Skype, it’s easiest to just buy software that will record the calls for you. For Windows, the best free solution is iFree Skype Recorder. It’s a very straightforward program that automatically records all your Skype calls for you and organizes them by the date and telephone number for you. There are many other programs that will do this for both Windows and Mac, but this one works great and it’s free. Phone recorders Miami Beach Coral Gables.
Once you select the recording device that’s right for you, chances are you’ll need a tape recorder or a digital recorder to go along with it. When it comes to those, there are hundreds of different possibilities. They all do pretty much the same thing, but it’s hard to say exactly which one is for you. When choosing a tape recorder, your primary concern, aside from the price, will probably be the length that it allows you to record. Some will only work for an hour while others will work for 20 hours. Some will only record when someone is talking on the line, which makes the recording device last for days, sometimes even weeks. Also, make sure it has a microphone jack since that’s what you’ll plug your recording device into. Take your time, and choose what’s best for you.
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