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

Why not go with a digital video recorder as well? It would be nice to see the people as they show artifacts or images from the past.


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From: Brandon Burke <burke@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 9:44 am
Subject: 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/?
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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