Audio

Recording Phone Interviews: JK Audio QuickTap

First up for my reviews of analog devices for digitally recording telephone interviews will be the JK Audio QuickTap which costs $59. The QuickTap is an inexpensive way to easily interface your landline telephone with your digital [...]

iOS Recording: Rode iXY-L

The Rode  iXY-L ($199.00 USD) brings high quality stereo recording to your iOS device turning your iPhone or iPad into a powerful portable recorder.  The Rode iXY-L microphone is Rode’s newly updated iOS microphone attachment that is compatible with Apple’s Lightning Connector on newer [...]

Recording Phone Interviews

We now have amazing opportunities for conducting remote oral histories using a range of Internet-based tools like Skype or Google Hangout.  Through a webcam and a microphone, “face to face” or audio interviews via the Web [...]

Stripping Audio from Video Interviews

So why would you possibly want to strip the audio from a beautiful video interview?  We do it at the Nunn Center, mainly, for transcription.  When we transcribe an interview (which means sending it out to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Digital Audio and Broadcast Wave

Contrary to common perception, the “Wave” is not, itself a “format” but a container for housing a particular set of data.  The Wave as we tend to use it in oral history, folklore  and audio archival [...]