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Postby Brah » Tue, 08 Jul 2014 9:26 pm

(Ok, that's not exactly what I'm looking for in this thread..but it is one possible solution to the below)

I attend a lot of calls, and have to write them up afterwards. That means I have to record them. Usually surreptitiously. Some calls are on work land lines, others are on my home land line.

I have a recorder app on my Android, which works fine for in-person meetings, though it doesn't seem to record calls on the Android, just the room.

I'm wondering if there is a way I can pipe the land line calls into my Android to record them.

Holding my mobile phone up the receiver just doesn't cut it.....

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Postby Strong Eagle » Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:16 pm

You'd probably need something like this:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/control ... &A=details

For the most part, you cannot use devices between the phone and the wall jack because too many phones are digitally connected. But, you _should_ be OK between the phone and the receiver since that is still analog.

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Postby Brah » Wed, 09 Jul 2014 9:56 pm

Thanks SE, that looks like what I was looking for.

Only thing is I'm not sure that the Line In will work as expected, it's mono, and the Line In on Android is triple-banded for mic and stereo headphones.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:16 pm

Brah wrote:Thanks SE, that looks like what I was looking for.

Only thing is I'm not sure that the Line In will work as expected, it's mono, and the Line In on Android is triple-banded for mic and stereo headphones.


You will need an adapter. Or maybe two. I use headphones with separate mic jack on my Android/iPhone... nifty little adapter combines mic and heaphones (as would be used on a laptop) into single jack. I'll try to find the source.

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Postby Brah » Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:24 pm

Just found this, from a trusted source:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthr ... ?t=1441643

mentions rooting the phone

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Postby Strong Eagle » Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:15 pm

Brah wrote:Just found this, from a trusted source:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthr ... ?t=1441643

mentions rooting the phone


I believe this refers to recording calls from the Android phone. Most phones cannot record the incoming person's voice because of the way the phone is constructed. This hack probably won't work for most phones anyway.

I understood that you wanted to record from a landline?

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Postby Strong Eagle » Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:16 pm

This is what I use and will probably work for you.

http://www.amazon.com/Extrasensory-Devi ... B006T65CXE

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Postby Brah » Fri, 11 Jul 2014 8:40 am

Thanks, this looks good, I will this and the JK QuickTap.

That XDA forum thread has some 360 pages, I haven't read through them but they seem to be referring to the ability to record line in, which should work since the headset works that way.

Actually, I don't really need to record into an Android though it's a convenience, as long as I can record and transfer the files. I haven't looked into these devices yet.

In case anyone else is interested in this, some more links:
http://www.mediabistro.com/10000words/h ... e-and_b380

http://www.juno.co.uk/products/ikey-plu ... 324905-01/

http://www.soundonsound.com/forum/showf ... in=1072541

http://www.tested.com/tech/android/522- ... underused/

For a different but related use:
http://www.spygeargadgets.com/cell-phon ... hones.html

One thing I found strange is that when I do normal mic recording (I use Easy Voice Recorder), it won't pick up from the Bluetooth mic when recording, only the onboard mic.

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Postby Brah » Thu, 31 Jul 2014 8:30 am

I have a now sometimes option on this - some of my calls are via PC-based software, so to attend I need a USB headset.

This will not work for calls outside the office, like at home where I remote in, as the headset won't work in that case. But it will for calls in the office (where I will get attention holding my mobile phone up to the receiver to record).

So in addition to finding a solution from "analog" (it not really but) landline to mobile phone, I am also now looking for a kind of USB device that could go between the office PC and the USB headset.

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Postby Brah » Mon, 04 Aug 2014 8:34 pm

Bump for this part:

I am also now looking for a kind of USB recording device that could go between the office PC and the USB headset.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:55 pm

Brah wrote:Bump for this part:

I am also now looking for a kind of USB recording device that could go between the office PC and the USB headset.


I gather that you are thinking about a device to which you would connect the USB headphones/mic, and in turn, plug it into a USB slot on the PC, such that the device would record both sides of the conversation?

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Postby Brah » Tue, 05 Aug 2014 7:24 am

Yes, something between the headphones and the PC, both side USB

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Postby Strong Eagle » Wed, 06 Aug 2014 4:12 am

Brah wrote:Yes, something between the headphones and the PC, both side USB


This will be very difficult to find. Are you using Skype as your comm tool?

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Postby Brah » Thu, 07 Aug 2014 7:17 am

Strong Eagle wrote:
Brah wrote:Yes, something between the headphones and the PC, both side USB


This will be very difficult to find. Are you using Skype as your comm tool?

Not Skype, this is a work PC and an internal conference application that you can dial in by phone, or, get the audio through the PC via the conference application and the USB headset.


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