I have to do audio recordings for a college thesis. The recordings are of meetings in a room about 10 ft square. There will be between 7-10 people participating. I have permission to do the recording. Each meeting will last 30-40 minutes. I will be recording 10-12 meetings.
The recording method needs to be unobtrusive so as not to interrupt the flow of the meeting.
I will then have to transcribe the recordings for analysis as part of my thesis.
I have no experience in this area. I have recorded one-on-one interviews before.
I have a mike 'Sony ECM-Z60' which I have found very good. I have recorded onto very old technology (Sony Minidisc), which isn't suitable for this level of recording and transcribing.
I have a laptop (Windows 7, HP Pavilion dm4) - is there some software (free? inexpensive?) that I could use?
What equipment and approach do you recommend?