Unboxing My Zoom Handy H1 Portable Recorder

Unboxing the Zoom Handy H1 Portable Digital Recorder When my Zoom Handy H1 arrived, we took photos of the unboxing and first use. Now (finally – this unboxing took place before I left for the 10-10-10 family reunion), I’m annotating the process, so you get a sense of what the Zoom Handy H1 is like. I’m very excited about this recorder, because it meets the essential requirements – a digital recorder with built-in stereo microphones and removable memory that’s capable of recording audio CD (and broadcast)-quality uncompressed WAV files. All for $99!

So, here we go with the unboxing of the Zoom Handy H1…

The front and back of the product box. No shrink wrap, just a little plastic seal sticker on it.

The Zoom Handy H1's box, front and back

By the way, we ordered the Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder from Amazon and it arrived a day later—sent from a Los Angeles based Amazon Marketplace partner. Shockingly fast, especially for a popular item that’s been backordered. (Now, more are in stock. The affiliate link goes straight to Amazon.com)

Aaaand, now that the box is open, the first glimpse of the goodies inside.

The Zoom Handy H1 Recorder comes out of the box

The Zoom Handy H1 comes with the essentials, so you’re not lacking for a memory card or battery, and you can get started right away.

The Zoom Handy H1 uses a single AA battery, which is supplied. It also uses a micro-SD card -- the same kind that's used in cel phones. Here is the Zoom Handy H1 portable ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on October 24, 2010 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States

Cover of PDF report: The State of Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age, by the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress Catching up now that I’m back from a family reunion: The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age. What is happening to our collection of sound recordings now that we’re turning the corner to digital formats? This August 2010 publication is published by the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Library of Congress.

Background, as stated by Librarian of Congress: A collection of “disturbing anecdotal evidence” described the thread to sound recordings (dating back to the 19th century) came to the attention of Congress, which passed the The National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-474). That law directed that the Librarian of Congress “...implement a comprehensive national sound recording preservation program…” and study the issues that need to be addressed in order to preserve our national heritage in sound recordings. This publication is part of the result.

Spools of blank CDs and DVDs, with envelopes and special marker pens (A photo taken while unpacking from the family reunion trip. Very on-topic for matters of Digital Preservation.)

From the abstract:

This is the first comprehensive, national-level study of the state of sound recording ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on October 14, 2010 in • DigitalityVideo
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Genealogy Gems Podcast meets Family Oral History (at Jamboree)

Here's a photo from last year - the 2009 Jamboree, geneabloggers dinner. I sat next to Lacey Cooke and Lisa Louise Cooke, and sometime during that evening, nabbed this foto.) I was interviewed for the Genealogy Gems podcast back in June, at the SCGS Jamboree in Burbank. Lisa Louise Cooke, podcast host and Chief Gemologist, released Episode #97, and it features our discussion. (Our interview happens about 24 minutes into the podcast.)

Thank you, Lisa, for interviewing me. Since Lisa and I spoke not long after I’d given two presentations (interviewing family/all about digital audio recording equipment), I happened to have all kinds of recording equipment with me, so I offered to also record the interview using my kit (scroll down for photo of my “recording studio in an Otter Box”—I also wrote a post to I describe how I bought it—it’s a few years old, and Things Have Changed Since Then.)

Oh, and also—click all photos to enlarge.

Show notes and Equipment Updates

Genealogy Gems booth at Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree in Burbank, CA  (foto is Lisa Louise Cooke's) Left: Lacey Cooke, Right: Lisa Louise Cooke When we recorded the interview (in early June), I recommended the Zoom Handy H2 (and compared it with the Marantz PMD620).

Since then, Zoom ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on October 06, 2010 in • GenealogyInterviewing
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