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Flash Media Failures: Lessons Learned

One of my greatest fears has  always been the risk of recording a one-of-a-kind oral history interview and having an unknown digital data or technical failure.  I spend a lot of time obsessing about best practices [...]

Oral History and Video: Shallow Depth of Field

As high-end video technologies become more and more affordable, oral historians are now able to create a video “look” that was once reserved for cinematographers and professional videographers.  In photography, I have always loved pictures of [...]

Informal Survey: Streaming Oral Histories

I am putting together a list of options for audio and video streaming oral histories and I am trying to get a sense for who is using what and if you are happy (with your streaming service). [...]

Audio Software for the Archive

I often get asked which audio software is the best to use in the archive.  Again, no easy answer as to which is “best.” Most basic packages will allow you to digitize and do basic edits [...]

Sony Embraces Mac for Digital Audio

A few years ago the Nunn Center switched to Mac computers.  Being a long-time Mac user, I was thrilled about this transition, especially with regard to working with digital video.  The only downside to this transition [...]

Happy Anniversary: Nostalgic Reflections on the CD

In 1890, folklorist and anthropologist J. Walter Fewkes declared that the study of folklore “cannot reach its highest scientific value until some method is adopted by means of which an accurate record of the stories can [...]

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 [...]