Hardware for recording, transferring, or playing back sound
USB Digital Audio Capture . Cross Platform (Win 98/Me/@000/XP and MacOS X). “The UA-1D is the simplest way to add S/Pdif connections to your computer. S/Pdif (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) is a standard audio transfer file format.”
Put together by the Vermont Folklife Center, in Middlebury VT, this Audio Field Recording Equipment Guide is described, “This document is designed to offer guidance to researchers interested in obtaining audio recording equipment for conducting folklore, ethnomusicology and oral history fieldwork projects.”
Tech News on ZDNet:
SanDisk is releasing its first line of digital audio players to help expand use of its key product, flash memory.
Transom, a “showcase and workshop for new public radio” has a Minidisc Guide describing the pros and cons of minidisc (for radio professionals, who also use cassette, DAT, and digital recorders), and describes essentials of what to buy and what to use.
Our company has been in the CD-R business for years and we have worked with lots of clients who use discs for archiving. Here are some tips we recommend to clients….
1. Anytime you plan on long time storage, don’t use paper labels. [...]
2. Try to go with a true gold disc if you want to seriously archive. A gold reflective layer disc with Phthalocyanine dye has a shelf life of almost 300 years, compared to under 100 for a silver Phthalocyanine dye disc, and less than 30 for a Cyanine discs. Basically the metal in the silver disc can oxidize, and the gold doesn’t, so no breakdown of the refective layer. Watch out for some gold discs that are just a gold screen print on the surface. MAM-A and Hi-Space both use real gold reflective layers. If you can’t go gold, at least go with a silver Phthalocyanine disc.
3. In general avoid writing on discs ...Read More
Tape Speeds for different formats as measured in inches per second, or centimeters per second. Tape formats range from reel-to-reel to cassettes.
Cassettes go the slowest of the bunch, at 1-7/8 inches/second. Microcasettes aren’t mentioned here (but are in this 1983 microcassette review), but they go half the speed of cassettes, at 15/16 inches per second, or even slower: 1/2 inch per second.)
Info about Vocal Microphones, the best kind of microphones to use in interview situations.
Record oral history conversations using Griffin Technology’s iTalk, which turns your iPod into a Voice Recorder.