2 thoughts on “Any Oral History Experts Out There?

  1. Whatever you do, for the sake of future preservation, please be sure to get something that records in an uncompressed format (like .wav) and also a format that is non-proprietary (that is, not something that records solely to an Olympus or Sony format). There is a wonderful list of good digital recorders (complete with other advice) on the Vermont Folklife Center's Web page at http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/archive/res_audioequip.htm . If you can't afford some of the digital devices mentioned, I think you would be far better off recording with a high-quality analog cassette recorder and then digitizing the materials afterward than you would be using some of the stick digital recorders that are out there.

    As far as transcribing, if you have files that are in standard, non-proprietary formats, you can use Express Scribe. It's free from http://www.nch.com.au .

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  2. John: I've used an Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-300M in many oral history interviews. The recorder has a microphone outlet so you can plug in a device for multiple-voice recording. It also includes a built-in USB plug to allow for ease in moving files.

    I still don't have a good system for transcribing those files, so I'll be interested to see if others suggest a useful device.

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