Audio General Recording — 15 March 2015

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 are now quite easy to conduct.  The challenge is effectively recording these interviews.  I have to say that I have been relatively disappointed with the performance of recording “apps” that work with platforms such as Skype.  The quality is low and the apps I have tested seem to commonly crash.  The sonic qualities of the voice is heavily compressed and degraded in the typical telephone call. We have grown accustomed to the “telephone” sound.  As we expand our communications options in this profoundly connected world, the urge to conduct remote interviews grows stronger.  I get asked the “what do you recommend for telephone interviews” or “how should I record a Skype interview” questions quite often.  So, I am launching a review series on these devices as I explore the best options.

For starters, I will be reviewing the analog, landline telephone devices:

JK Audio QuickTap, $59.00

JK Audio Broadcast Host, $470.00

Following my review of analog devices that enable digital recordings of your telephone calls,  I will be exploring smartphone apps.  Finally, I will be exploring methods for best recording interviews via Skype, Google Hangout, as well as  Stay tuned.




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