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Re: [ARSCLIST] Digital oral history recorders - any recommendations?

Hi John,

We use the Edirol R-01 and R-09 models here at Hoover. They do everything
we need them to do (16/44.1 WAV, multiple input/output options, etc) and, perhaps,
more importantly, have interfaces that are easy to understand.

As often as not, researchers and curators take these recorders with them off-site
so when i was shopping around it was imperative that we get something with
a relatively intuitive series of buttons and displays. For example, i recommend
recorders with buttons that emulate the Play/Rec/Pause/etc buttons on cassette
recorders since most people using the thing are already familiar with the way
hand-held cassette recorders work; something that stands to save you countless
hours dealing with "tech support" calls and emails from whomever is using it.

Note: While i actually like the R-01 model a little better, Edirol discontinued it
which is why our second recorder is an R-09.

URL: http://www.edirol.net/products/en/R-09/

cheers, Brandon Burke

Brandon Burke
Archivist for Recorded Sound Collections
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6010
vox: 650.724.9711
fax: 650.725.3445
email: burke@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

On Jan 26, 2009, at 8:07 AM, Schooley, John wrote:

We are looking to apply for a grant in order to purchase some digital
recorders for oral history interviews. Up until now we have been using
cassettes. I was curious if any of you have any experience with any
particular models, or any recommendations? Keep in mind that these
devices will probably be used by a variety of interviewers (historians,
volunteers, etc.), none of them audio engineers, so ease and simplicity
of use is probably the most important factor.

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