During the recent episode (White Lies, Pt.1) of TNT's Major Crimes, Dr. Joe's handheld audio recorder made a starring appearance. It was a Tascam DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder.
The department psychologist, Dr. Joe Bowman, records his sessions with a digital recorder. This came in very useful when one of his patients shot him, along with several other people in a courtroom, before being shot himself.
After the murderer died, the doctor/patient privilege no longer applied. The Major Crimes investigators believed there was key evidence on the recording of a session between Dr. Joe and the murderer. So they placed the small (but powerful) Tascam DR-05 in the center of a conference table so everyone could listen to the playback.
Using a digital recorder like the DR-05 (and all its cousins) makes recording sessions so much more convenient than in the old days when therapists would use cassette tapes. Not only is the quality of the audio much better, but the hours and hours of audio your can record makes storing and filing session a lot easier than cassette tapes in boxes.
The stereo pair of omni-directional mics on the DR-05 record audio in wav or mp3 format (up to 96kHz/24-bit high-resolution audio) to microSD or microSDHC cards. As you are probably aware, these cards are about the size of your thumbnail and not much thicker!
There are many portable digital recorders out there (like the one used by the character of Louis Litt in Suits:) - see our post - The XJS 5000 Dictaphone From Suits about that one). So if you are looking for something under $100 (the DR-05 goes for about $89 (US)) that can record high quality audio on the go, you might want to check out the Tascam DR-05.
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