Olympus TP-7 Telephone Recording Device


17 Responses to “Olympus TP-7 Telephone Recording Device”

  1. tttulio says:

    I use Call Recorder for Skype and the quality beats telephone recorders by far. http://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/
    An ISDN emulator for ADSL would be great though.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What’s up with all the Skype recommendations? I signed up in preparation for a US-to-England interview, and called my sister as a test run. After weird pauses and cutouts impeded our conversation for about 3 minutes, she said, “Please, NEVER call me on this thing again.”

  3. teapot says:

    So much for the usefulness of the walled garden.. There is a ton of Droid apps that do this, but they don’t all work across all models as some manufacturers have specifically designed their phones to circumvent such operation.

    Chances are you’ll find one that works on the marketplace. Trial & error is your friend.

  4. teapot says:

    Just dug this up in a forum for the icrap users:

    How to record calls on iPhone:
    1. Be in call with person
    2. Hit the button to add a call (the +)
    3. Type in your phone number
    4. It will go strait to voicemail
    5. Once you here the beep, it will start recording
    6. When you hang up the call, you will get a voicemail of your recording


    No idea if it works, but it makes sense that it would.

    • TakeThatSubspace! says:

      Back in the bad old days before the internet when I wrote for various free papers I’d have the second landline handset (look it up kids) in the other room lying next to a mike attached to a tape deck.

      Christ, what an asshole.


      If anyone’s interested I asked Radioshack, Olympus and the gang at Google Voice if they could confirm that Lazar, Akiva & Yagoubzadeh are uninsurable or that Lazar, Akiva & Yagoubzadeh are why people hate lawyers, or if Lazar, Akiva & Yagoubzadeh sacrifice kittehs.

      They said they couldn’t.

  5. jwnield says:

    After one too many Skype failures I found the Olympus TP-7 and it saved a lot of grief with its simplicity. I couldn’t get it to record directly into my MacBook so I assumed it needed phantom power so I patched it through a minidisc recorder. Having the minidisc backup has saved my bacon more than once when the inevitable Audacity crash happened.

    Using it mostly with an iPhone I’ve never has level issues and both sides of the conversation are at the same level.

  6. Anonymous says:

    These things are fantastic. Not having a pocket recorder dealie I run it into my netbook with Audacity running. Excellent quality. Unfortunately they apparently are illegal in Australia due to privacy laws. But you can’t really do a phone interview by telling the interviewee too hold up while you write down what they just said.

  7. TH4 says:

    Finally! Another soul with exactly my dilemma – and my solution as well. The TP-7 has done a great job for me as well, and I recommend it heartily to others.

    But there’s always a catch, en’t there? The TP-7 fits into my ear, which means I can’t use it with a bluetooth headset. That means I either have to use a speakerphone (which has all the intimacy of an announcement in an airport terminal) or I have to prop my cellphone up against my shoulder for, say, an hour.

    Any suggestions on recording calls in a way that is compatible with a bluetooth?

  8. CopraCandy says:

    All Nokia mobile phones (at least the one’s I’m familer with) can record a phone call.

    All you have to do is engage the mic-record *while the call is happening*.

    The person on the other end will hear a beep after every 30 seconds or so…. your phone call (both ways) will be recorded without the beep.

    There are also free apps (or pirated) available online for recording phone calls. It’s a common thing.

  9. airshowfan says:

    I have one of these, and I use it to record audio when I’m shooting in-flight video. Fits nicely inside a David Clark headset. I could show you a boring video of myself flying a small single-engine airplane and talking about it (video recorded by my point-and-shoot camera suction-cupped to the window) but instead here’s something more fun. As you can see, the audio quality is indeed pretty great:

  10. CopraCandy says:

    An example of a “call recorder” app for a Nokia.


  11. Anonymous says:

    Use Skype. The audio quality is superior if you can arrange skype-skype calls. It is still better than normal if you are calling Skype-landline. There are many add-on products that support full-quality recording of audio and or video.

  12. alowishus says:

    Man, just Skype the call and use the Call Recorder plug-in. Works like a charm.

    And learn to type really, really fast.

    When I worked for a newspaper I did phone interviews all the time without recording them. I got really good at jotting down quotes and notes.

    • futnuh says:

      Agree fully with @alowishus, Skype and Call Recorder. Set to automatically record every incoming and outgoing Skype call … and never face the issue of wishing you’d done so after the fact. My Skype byline reads, “I record all calls for quality assurance and possible legal retribution”.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I use Google Voice, which has a great call recording feature built in. Just press 4 during a call (inbound only, though), and you can later download the call as an mp3.

  14. Roy Trumbull says:

    If you’ve ever known the details of a story on which there is also a written piece, you’d not confuse the one with the other. The error rate is enormous. If you remember one solid fact and fake the rest, that’s par.

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