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Recording files from C-phone to tape???

Posted By: Tami on 2007-03-12
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Hi, has anyone ever recorded files from a C-phone onto cassette tapes?  I have an account that is accessed via C-phone.  I am going to be going out of town for a couple days and wanted to record some work to take with me.  Can this be done?  I have a Lanier micro-cassette player and a Dictaphone C-phone.  Is there an attachment of some sort that could accomplish this?  Thanks for any help you can offer.


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Re-recording from C-phone


Can anyone tell me how to go about re-recording from a C-phone onto a microcassette player?  Is this possible?


Re-recording via C-phone
C.J. We were doing rerecording with C-phones all the time, years ago. I'm sure it can still be done with ease. It takes time to do it, but there are much easier ways to get the info off of a Dictaphone system these days if the client is amenable.

Funny - this is the major topic of most of my discussions when I first came on line with MT Daily, then MT Stars on the tech boards. Time goes by and the questions remain the same. Is Kent Lenox anywhere around on the boards?

WAV files are better. No dialing in. No tying up your phone line.
Sound quality is good.
Love wav files. No extra phone line needed,
no LD charges, and love being able to sit on my porch on a nice day and work. 
You cannot download files via your c-phone. You will dial into the dictation server SM

with the C-phone and transcribe live.  Do you know what kind of transcription platform you are typing in? 

All things being equal, do you prefer to work with a C-phone or use WAV files over the internet? sm
What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of each.  I have only ever used a c-phone but think I may bet getting ready to use WAV files and foot pedal for an account and am a little anxious!  TIA
I am trying to figure out how to record to my computer.  I can record the dictation from the phone but don't have a clue as to how to transfer it.  I just bought a Sony voice recorder, digital and PC link gadget.  I have a WAV pedal installed and tried to transfer to a file but really don't know what I am doing!  Can anyone help with this???
I am recording to a hand-held Sony digital recorder that can be connected to my computer and somehow downloads the dictation.  You have to choose a file type and because I have a Start Stop pedal I chose a .WAV file.  Nothing happened and I really don't know what I am doing.    Instead of spending the $50 I should have bought a used transcriber/recorder!
help with recording off line please...sm

Okay dating myself, but many eons ago when I worked for YOG we recorded the work off line onto a hand-held microrecorder and then used a regular old transcriber to do the work.  I know I had a grey and a black cord and the only other thing I can find is my index card telling me that I dial in on my Dictaphone...black cord is in the ear phone and grey cord is in the microphone...that is it.

I now need to record work off line for a few weeks and can not find my cords (was 8 years ago) or how I did this.

Does anyone else record off line onto a tape to do at a later time or some place else?  I really am at a loss and the one guy at Radio Shack was not much help either...



She still has to meet TAT and recording

not a good idea.  What if that report is recorded off and the hospital/office needs access to it right away?  If she is off somewhere with it on a tape, that could be a huge problem.

IC doesn't mean you can do whatever you want to do!  And if recording makes the sound quality such that you cannot produce an accurate report, then I would think that would be unacceptable. 

Re-recording dictation....


What does it entail to re-record dictation.  I noticed an ad placed that required this.  What do you need and what is the easiest way to go about it.  Thanks.

Digital Recording
I need some help on setting up digital recording - I currently use the mini-cass and my clients are wanting to switch to digital recorder.  Right now they mail me the dictation tapes, I type them, and email back the work.  Can some one tell me what equipment I would need and how I would get the voice recorder file to my computer?  I have read a couple of places on the internet and I am more confused now than previously. 
Electronic sound recording (nt)

When recording a macro in MS Word
what do you do in order to be able to jump from heading to heading; i.e., how do I get from HISTORY: to FINDINGS: ? Thanks for your help.
Docs with laptops instead of recording sm
It's happening, docs typing in only what they feel necessary as they see you and your PMH only as necessary, you may have been through a lot in the past but don't think they care, they only want what they can efficiently store & do themselves. That's a fact! It's sad!
I have a good friend who is a recording artist. I could have SM
any of his music free, and I always get to hear it before it is even on the CD. I could bum music from him or his family any time, but I won't. It is how he makes his living.

I think it is stealing.
Filezilla is the software used to transfer files to an FTP server where the files "reside".
Yappy dogs in the background on the recording of the doctor's dictation (his dog). nm
Converting voice files to digital files

I have a Voice Solutions dictation system that will happily convert DS4000 voice files to digital when they are downloaded (wave files). However, it will not recognize any other files for conversion. I had a physician download .WAM files from his DS-30 and my dictation system would not convert it. Anyone have any suggestions?  I would greatly appreciate any input.


Electronic sound recording replaces court reporters these days. (nt)

Did you save files in .rtf format? The files need to be
as a Word document or it won't count them. Could be the problem.
Tape - sm
I just saw some down the street from me, it was yellow with black letters saying "CAUTION".
There is a tape
and available at most Home Depot or Lowe's stores.  Bright yellow with black lettering.  Used it on our home when we had a major disaster so no one would fall in major holes in our yard.  Worked well.
A few years ago I was shopping for Halloween goods and in a store like I-Party they have that tape for Halloween - try one of those stores. I bought some years ago for a mummy and coffin for front yard. Just an idea.
that is why I tape them
I'll watch them while I iron, etc. Then I don't feel so guilty for "just watching TV". Plus you can zip through the commercials.
The one I used did not use tape
Sorry, I don't remember make or model, it was a while ago. But I would dial into the hospital's dictation system. That was where the voice files were stored. I had to have a dedicated phone line with unlimited long distance for the C-phone.
I too used to tape the tape together (sm)
You might lose a bit of dictation where you are taping it together, but I was usually able to salvage most of it. Good luck! :)
C-phone used to call in to dictating systems to receive work. A special phone. nm
I had a lot of trouble with static in my C-phone. I replaced the phone cord and that made a big

difference.  Also, have you tried a different headset?  Also someone told me one time that there is a microphone under your volume control on the right corner of the C-phone.  It's a tiny hole.  If you break off a Q-tip and stick that into the hole that will squelch a lot of background noise and that worked as well.  As far as getting your C-phone service, I heard that Dictaphone is "sunsetting" C-phones at the end of this year.  Meaning, they aren't going to service them anymore as they are considered an obsolete technology.  So, I would contact Dictaphone and see what your options are.

I know very little about Lanier equipment.  I've not used it as extensively as Dictaphone.  Is there a local appliance repair place in your area?  You might ask one of those places to take a look at your equipment and see what they think.  Kinda scary, cause they could do more harm than good, but maybe worth a shot.

Not much help, I know.  But I thought I would share what tiny bit of obscure knowledge I do have. 

Anyone know how to erase tape with...

a Lanier transcriber?  Bought it on ebay and do not see an erase function.



Tape erase

A lot of people also have disabled the erasing mechanism so that tapes cannot accidentally be erased and have to manually erase them.   I have always done that to prevent it after my first accidental erasure.  Other than allowing the tape to play forward without background noise, to tape over what is there,  no answers here and have been using tapes for 15+ years.   A manual eraser cost is cheap.  


Tape eraser
You might wish to invest in a tape eraser; the one I have is from a company by the name of Geneva. The device consists of some strontium-ferrite magnets in a housing; just pass the tape through the housing and it is erased. The part number and description are as follows:

Audio cassette / mini-data cartridge eraser QM-230

Phone: 1-800-328-6795
Hope this helps.

Do you have a tape transcriber, or does it have to be
voice files?  I have some practice dictation minicassette tapes here that I'd be willing to send you.  As for the voice files, you could try Google searching.  I typed in "medical transcription" practice sound files download   but don't really have time to search through the results.  I don't even know if there's anything out there.
tape her or get it in an e-mail or IM, something
try barricade tape
or cordoning tape, but I didnt find much on that
To MTs who transcribe via tape- SM

I found great, low-cost software that allows you to convert tapes to digital files (MP3, WAV, WMA, etc.).  Check out www.dak.com !  Your PC needs a sound card and a line-in connection (usually next to your line out to plug in your headset or speakers), as well as a tape player and an actual line that plugs from your PC line-in to your tape player.  Think they call that line a male-to-male or male-to-female or something like that (got my line from www.martelelectronics.com).  Use Dak to convert your music cassettes, too.  Hope this helps!

P.S., I'm an MT, not from DAK

The end of the tape becomes detached
from the spool and is no longer winding outside the case/housing. It is all wound on one spool. Our office manager has been able to repair some by taking the tape apart and reattaching to the spool, so we can get some of the info off of it, but by handling the tape, etc. it distorts it to where we can't hear some of what was dictated and we lose some notes. Thanks! I will suggest one of those brands.
I never got rid of my tape-player or my -sm
typewriter. You just never know what sort of disaster could come up in the future, where those things would be a real life-saver. And amazingly, PCs never increased my daily work output. It actually DECREASED a bit once we went to PCs.
One tape about 2 hours.
or make templates.
Broken tape

HELP!  I have had a microcassette tape break.  Any ideas on how to fix it (if possible!)? 


fixing tape
I had that happen quite a few times - take a very small piece of scotch tape and splice the pieces together- cut the scotch tape as narrow as the cassette tape is so that it will line up on the rollers.  You will lose the dictation at that spot - probably a sentence or so - but it's better than nothing. On mine, I had to pry open the cassette case because the ends were inside.  If you end up having to do that, pry it open carefully. Hope this helps. 
Scotch tape
Try putting a little scotch tape over the letters.  You can rewrite them with a fine sharpie.
I have 2 tape accounts.

I love it!  It is so cut and dry.  I throw the tape in and start typing.  You may save time so people think by going digital, but it takes time to upload and download voice files.  I just find that throwing the tape and typing is just simple!  Of course, I'm a simple person.

In answer to your question, yes I think you may have something there as the tape doctors do not want to go digital because they like doing things simply.  They don't want a lot of hassle, and yes, I do believe there are physicians that still like the old method.  Some do not think that digital is very user friendly. 

The other problem with digital is there needs to be someone in the office doing the uploading, which mean the physician is paying them to do that.  With the tape, the doctor puts it in a folder with his patient list at the end of the day, and then leaves it for me.  The only thing required by the office staff is the copying and mailing when I bring the work back usually anywhere from 3-4 days later.  They do not require 24-hour turnaround, which is great.  But, if they do need a note, which happens very rarely, I can simply fax it over to the office.

I am quite content with my tape accounts and the other thing I like is the networking.  I can network with the office staff and feel like a movie star since they don't see me every day.  They usually stop what they are doing for a friendly quick chat, which is very nice.  I have business cards that I carry just in case someone mentions to me that so and so is looking for a transcriptionist. 

Broken tape. sm.
I just broke my dictation tape while rewinding it.  Should I try to open it and put it back on the wheel.  Any ideas.   I has three days of dication on it.   Thanks.
if you need to cut it, you can tape it back together.
mangled tape
I was able to take the cassette apart to get the tape inside unmangled, but now I'm trying to figure out how to roll it back up as tight as I can so it doesn't happen again, and I don't know how to do that. I have a few feet of tape hanging out and I can't roll it tight by hand unless I want to spend days on it, and it still may night be tight enough around the spool. The tape is intact so I don't think I need any splicing. I'm think right now this is just ridiculous that I'm having to do this and yes, the doctor is technotarded. He kept erasing his dictation accidentally on the digital recorder so went back to using cassette tapes.
tape broke
Did you hear me scream? I guess I'll cut and tape and try it from there.
mangled tape
A company I found on the web called audio-restoration.com repaired a tape for me.  The cost was $25.00.  The doctor's office paid for it because it beat having to redictate 1-1/2 hours of dictation.  It took about five days to get the tape back.
Do you have a tape in the machine?--sm
If there is no tape with dictation, there would be nothing for the machine to indicate. My Lanier has a counter but is not this model. This site has info on the 210--http://www.transcribesolutions.com/lavwmicama2.html

Hope this helps.

Most companies do no use their only files (HIPAA). They use files provided by other companies, serv
If you can get through the test files, then the sound quality on the actual company files is better. And, the dictation is never as bad as the test files, plus you have QA to help with hard blanks.
I've changed them between an old phone and new phone, but the same company, i.e. Nextel.