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Testing 1-2-3: Zoom H-5 Microphone Test

Here is an initial audio test of the Zoom H-5 digital audio recorder using the standard X/Y microphone module, an external (XLR) lavaliere microphone, and the optional MSH-6 Mid Side Stereo and XYH-6 microphone modules. Example [...]

iOS and iPhone Recording for Oral History

I commonly get asked about iOS and iPhone recording options for oral history, so I will be launching a series of posts reviewing several of these devices.  When recording oral histories, I strive to get the [...]

Oral History: It’s the Moments that Matter

One of the most powerful things about archived oral histories is each recorded interview contains hundreds, if not thousands, of moments filled with meaningful content that possess near infinite potential for engaging future researchers in unforeseen [...]

Reminder of the Importance of Metadata

We now have over 9,000 oral histories at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries, where we take great care to curate these treasures.  Recently, I was going through a box [...]

Ask Doug: Choosing a Digital Audio Recorder

The Oral History in the Digital Age project and the folks at Michigan State University’s MATRIX  Center have launched “Ask Doug” to assist you in making a decision on choosing a digital audio recorder.  For more [...]

Getting Started: Tascam DR-100 MKII

The following is a video tutorial on the setup and basic use of the Tascam DR-100 MKII digital audio recorder.  This video includes basic tips and a visual walk through the initial setup and configuration of [...]

Digital Audio Recorders: Tascam DR-100 MKII

The Tascam DR-100 MK II is a new and improved version of Tascam’s DR-100.  Although not perfect, I loved the DR-100.  Like its predecessor, the DR-100 MKII is a professional level, two-channel audio recorder that records [...]

A Simple Act of Digital Preservation: The Checksum and Oral History

Have you ever had a digital file corrupt? Probably. I have certainly encountered data file corruption and it is, personally, very frustrating, and, from an archival perspective, it can be devastating. Most of the time we [...]