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Dictaphone 3750 Desktop Cassette Transcriber / Recorder Questions & Answers
Foot pedal won't work with hands free microphone
The 3750 won't let you control the telephone record jack. The only way you can get a mic to work using the Tel Rec jack is by pressing and holding the 'Tel Rec' button for about 1 second. But this isn't compatible with the hands-free operation.
If you're looking to do hands-free recording, it uses the built-in conference mic. Press and hold the 'Conf Rec' button for about a second and it should start recording. This built-in mic is located on the right-hand side of the machine near the front by the headset jack.
If you want to control the machine via a foot control while in Conference Record mode, you'll have to change the 'Foot Control Dictate' setting in the menu. Here's how:
1) Press and hold the 'Erase' & 'Search' buttons for about 5 seconds until the menu appears.
2) Scroll through the options until you get to 'Foot Control Dictate' and set this to 'Yes'.
3) Press 'Stop' to exit the menu.
4) Press the 'Conf Rec' button to enter record mode.
Now you should be able to control the start/stop of the record function via the foot control.
Hope this helps...
Foot pedal FF or Rewinds when pressing Play
It's possible that there's a broken wire in the cable that connects the foot control to the machine. This usually happens near the plug that plugs into the machine, or by the end that goes into the foot control.
You can usually duplicate it if you put the auto-backspace up a bit and then hold down the play pedal on the foot control. While holding down the play pedal, try moving the cable near the machine or near the foot control in a circular motion. If the machine stops, rewinds or fast forwards, then odds are that the problem is with the cable.
Any function I press on the foot pedal results in
Hello you have your unit set up for Hands free recording Follow the next step
Press and Hold Search and Erase at the same time then you will be and the setup mode press play into you see hands free and press FF to say No then press Pay and press stop to exit.
Dictaphone transcriber 3750 won't play, reverse,
Does anything show up on the display? Like 'No Cassette' or 'End Tape'?
Are you using a foot control? Does the tape move when pressing the buttons on the machine itself? Is the foot control plugged into the side of the machine (and NOT the back)?
Telephone recording won't work
You need to have a telephone record adapter plugged into the back of the 3750. Then you press and hold the Tel Rec button until it begins recording.
Also check to see if the 'Vox' or 'VA' switch is on (voice activation). This will cause the machine to pause if the volume is too low.
Dictaphone 3750 transcriber
If it does this with all tapes, there is a small "no-cassette" switch at the back of the cassette compartment. The switch may be broken, dirty or out of adjustment. When you open the cassette door you should be able to see the switch tab. Push it in just a bit to see if the No Tape indicator goes out.
Machine will not turn on and voice quality on tapes is not good
The door cannot be adjusted, but the head alignment can be. If you open the cassette door, you should be able to remove the door cover. Then install your tape and put into play. You will need a small phillips screwdriver (like you would use on eyeglasses). If you look down towards the front of the cassette compartment, there is a small cutout, and below that the adjustment screw. Turn it very little at a time, first clockwise. If it gets worse go the other way. If it gets better, keep turning slowly until the sound is the best quality. As far as not turning on, check where the power pack plugs into the back of the machine. I have seen where either the pin in the receptacle is broken, or if you remove the bottom cover, the solder points are broken loose and need to be resoldered. (I was a tech for them for 20 years).
On the right-hand side of the unit, there are two buttons with on/off positions. Both the Speaker and VOX options should be in the off position. When VOX is turned on, it only records when it monitors a level of noise. I do not have it turned on ever.
I want to voice record text books in a format for my son to listen to - he has dislexia. What should I buy?
There are several Freeware Text-to-Speech and some very expensive Text-to-Speech available on the internet, but to the best of my knowledge there is nothing available at any price that will do a proper job --the easy way.
This is why all "books on tape" or CD or whatever else, are performed by real people. Check in your local library. :-)
If you really want to voice record text books for your son to listen to, you are the only one who can do it. It is a labor of love. Or you can hire a student radio announcer.
At your local second hand stores you'll be able to get yourself a decent cassette tape recorder/player and a decent plug-in external microphone, with an ON-OFF switch. That should be an investment of not more than $20.00 to $30.00
The 60 minute cassette tapes are the more durable ones, and can be had for about $1.00 each.
Much information is available on the Internet about how to record your voice on tape.
For converting your tapes to MP3, my choice is a freeware named Audacity.
The benefit of this software is that not only it has professional features, but it has excellent on-line manuals and step-by-step instructions.
After that, it is only a question of trial-and-error until you are happy with the final outcome.
It is time and effort well invested.
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