Olympus DS330 Digital Voice Recorder
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- Transfer audio files to PC or Mac via USB
- 16 MB total memory
- 2 Speeds of Recording: 155 Minutes or 330 Minutes
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At first I kept the dictations on the handheld until I was sure they were transcribed. The software has an option to delete file after upload. I have been so comfortable with the reliability of the transfers that I changed the setting to delete after upload. I sent files to three different transcriptionists and all were able to read the dss files exported by the device without problem. This is very nice because the files are quite compact. A typical 5 minute dictation yields a file size of about 500 kb. With over 2.5 hours of record time in standard quality mode you could dictate 30 patients before having to upload. Batteries seem to last about 2 weeks. There is a visual battery guide and the display says low battery once it goes low.
The DS-330 has a snap in cradle and a USB cable. You pop in the device, the display says REMOTE and it uploads as soon as the application is started.Read more ›
First the features: Files are recorded in DSS (Digital Speech Standard), but the PC/Mac software allows you to convert files into WAV format. The unit has a Conference/Dictation sensitivity setting for different recording situations. The unit is customizable, so you can change folder names and assign comments to files. You can add indexes to demark key points in files, and you can even set up an alarm to play a certain file at a certain time (which is good for reminding yourself to do something). You can even lock files one at a time to prevent deletion of important information. It has voice activated recording controlled by the volume knob. The LCD display can be scrolled among how long the file is, the full date the file was created, the time the file was created, and an assigned comment. If worse comes to worse, you can format the recorder and start from scratch via the PC/Mac software. It comes with an external microphone jack and external earphone jack. The unit can also be connected to a PC via the cradle or a PC I/F connector on the bottom of the unit. Comes with a leatherette case.
Second, the good things about this recorder: Batteries are included. The buttons are large enough for those with big fingers, and are easily accessible for one-handed recording. The erase button is also easily accessible, even though it is less prominent to avoid accidental deletion (it confirms that you want to delete something as well).Read more ›
Like other reviewers, I found that my Dell with Windows XP also had trouble installing the driver. (However, once I figured out what was wrong, the situation was easily corrected by directing the driver search function directly to the software CD that came with the recorder).
That said, this recorder and the PC software with this recorder is otherwise FANTASTIC. The sound quality is good. The indexing functions are awesome because you can actually visualize the indexes on sound files on your PC with little red marks. For me, this means I can find the quotable sections of interviews very quickly. A quick read of the directions also helped me find invaluable features, such as noise control.
I figure it will be another six months before Olympus comes out with really strong voice recognition software to transcribe all my notes for me. That will be invaluable, and for that, they could charge me a lot more than ... this sweet little recorder cost. I'm already planning to buy another one of these as a backup ...
It's very small, very lightweight, and has a lot of features.
Voice activation, 2.5 hours at good quality, usb interface with your computer.
The voice activation feature works quite well (just turn your recorder on and leave it in a room to find out what happens when you're gone: very James Bond).
I'm particularly impressed with how well it interfaces with my computer (a Macintosh). The files pop up on my screen and are easy to transfer over (and translate to MP3s, if you have the software).
The downsides are the price and the sound quality. The sound is reasonable but not fantastic. There is a SP (standard) setting but no HQ (high quality) setting. The SP records at 12khz, unlike some higher quality recorders which do 22khz. Still, for most voice purposes 12khz is fine.
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I was given this device with my promotion and I was not aware that I was missing the original software CD. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Blackburd
Product Information stated it was windows compatible. It is windows vista compatible, not Windows 7 compatible.Published 8 months ago by Turtle Girl
Nice recorder but there is no way to save your recordings to a PC. Maybe it worked on Windows 95, but not with XP or Windows 9.Published 11 months ago by James Hemingway
I've had mine for several years and it worked well. However, I can't get it to download files to my Windows 7 computer. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Cato
Have used this recorder for one on one interviews as an insurance adjuster. It is easy to use and downloads flawlessly to my iMac (OS10.6.8). Read morePublished on November 11, 2013 by Rick
Needed for work to replace a broken machine. Although a older recorder model it works very well for my physicians to do their dictationPublished on February 4, 2013 by Amazon Customer
PURCHASED A USED RECORDER, WAS HESITANT BECAUSE IT IS USED AND FROM AMAZON, BUT IT WORKS GREAT AND I AM HAPPY WITH IT.Published on June 29, 2011 by jenjen
Have used this for 6 or more years, now 2011. I use it with Win 7 just as a microphone though as Olympus has not offered Win 7 drivers for the program that works mostly on XP. Read morePublished on March 28, 2011 by JS
Ask me five minutes ago and I would have given this product 5 stars. I used it for college for a few years with a PC and it was great. Read morePublished on March 19, 2011 by M. Hammond