Devices Offering Great Solutions (DOGS)

Sound Recorders


Listening to a recording of a lesson or conversation


About Sound Recorders 


Voice recordings can help you capture all the information in a class or conversation. Repeating the information by listening to it later might help you learn. Keep in mind that you may need to get permission to record other people.

What kinds of audio recorders are there?

Cassette Player

If you want to start with a simple solution, you can use an old-fashioned tape recorder and cassette. Battery-operated portable cassette players are still available for purchase. One thing to keep in mind is that it takes time to rewind and find the specific information you may be looking for.

Digital Voice Recorder

A more high-tech option is to use a digital voice recorder. These have higher capacity, can fit in a pocket, and are easier to “rewind” to the time stamp you need.

Smart Pens

Digital note-taking solutions like the Livescribe pen let you pair handwritten notes with a time stamped audio recording.

Computer Software

Windows and Apple computers also include voice recording software. On a Mac, look in your Launchpad for the Voice Memo software. If you want more features with your voice recording, consider notetaking software like Glean, which allows you to capture audio, notes, and lecture slides all at once.

Related Apps


  • Voice Memos
  • Notetaking apps like Glean Notes, Notability, or AudioNote

How can I find out what’s new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:


audio note taking, voice recorder, portable cassette player, digital voice recorder, smart pen


How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania, you can find your state’s AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out.

Are these in Pennsylvania’s AT Lending Library?