Recording

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 [...]

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 [...]

Audio for Video Oral Histories

Lately, I have been thinking a great deal about video, quality and affordability as I look for ways to achieve optimal video recording for affordable prices.  High quality cameras are affordable and easy to use now [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Oral History in the Digital Age Launches

This week we launched the first phase of the Oral History in the Digital Age project (http://ohda.matrix.msu.edu) to explore best practices for collecting, curating and disseminating oral history featuring over 70 engaging essays, a portal to [...]

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 [...]