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How to Record Audio for AudioSync in CATalyst Realtime when using the call-in phone number from a web conferencing app (such as Zoom)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Stenograph highly recommends that you test your ability to record prior to your remote proceeding, to determine that you have all of the equipment that you need and that it is working properly and as expected.
There are a wide variety of brands and models of speakers built for phones available in a wide range of prices. Any model that is advertised to work with your brand and model of phone should work. You may want to consult colleagues as to the particular speakers they prefer to use for this type of work.
In most cases, connecting the phone to the speaker via Bluetooth is a plug and play operation. Simply turn on the speaker, and then turn on your phone. The phone should search for the device and connect. If it does not, check the settings feature for your phone, find the Bluetooth option, and select the name of the speaker as the device to which you want to connect. (If you still fail to connect, consult the manual that came with the speaker.)
TIP: Some speakers will have batteries that require charging, some can be plugged in. If you want to keep the device charged while using it vs. relying on its battery power, plug the charging cable into an external power source, such as a wall outlet or a USB power supply (sometimes called a power brick). Although the speaker may be able to be powered through the USB port of your computer: connecting it may cause the speaker to connect to your computer instead of your phone, and you would then have to manually change the connections.
TIP: As you are NOT using the web conferencing application’s audio, you can safely mute the audio microphone shown in the toolbar as that only affects sound from the web conferencing app. If the mute icon has a down arrow next to it, click it access additional features such as an option to disable the web application’s audio feature. Turning off the web conference audio will not affect you because you are taking the audio from a different source (the telephone).