At the Blues Archive, we have a Tascam HD-P2 portable stereo audio
recorder, which has worked quite nicely. It uses type I or type II
compact flash media cards and can record up to 192kHz/24-bit.
I have found it extremely easy to use, and have gotten great recordings
with it. In addition to an internal mic (which actually isn't too bad -
it picks up bass surprisingly well), it has two XLR inputs, two RCA
inputs, and an S/PDIF audio input.
Once I get my recordings onto the media card, you can quickly transfer
the audio to your computer through a firewire cable.
Now that 8GB (120x speed) compact flash cards can be purchased for
around $80.00, you can fit quite a bit of audio onto the flash cards.
Trey Bunn wrote:
> It looks like I may be able to convince the powers that be where I
> work that I need to get a flash recorder. The archives wants to start
> recording lectures and presentations to preserve them and to make them
> available on our website. (Their initial test, which they conducted
> before consulting me, was to stick a handheld consumer brand MP3
> recorder on the lecturer's podium. "It sounds just fine to me!" one
> person said. Sure, and while we're at it, let's take some pictures on
> a camera phone to accompany this high quality web content... Hi, I'm
> in snark mode...) I think I've made them see that in order to make
> things suitable for web delivery, we need to start with the highest
> quality possible since the quality will inevitably suffer once it's
> compressed down to streaming content or MP3 or the like.
> Anyway, I've never bought a flash recorder and was hoping for
> recommendations, particularly brands and models to look for and to
> avoid. (Ditto for dealers of the equipment, too.) What we get
> doesn't have to be top of the line, and right now we're only at the
> stage where my supervisor is asking me to find quotes, preferably
> cheap ones. But I'm well aware that you get what you pay for, so I
> don't want to get something worthless. I'd also like this recorder to
> be able to interface with the archives auditorium's existing PA
> system, assuming that there are the right ins and outs on both, so to
> Comments and questions welcome here or off-list. Thanks!
> Trey Bunn
> Folklife Archivist
> Alabama Department of Archives and History
> Montgomery, AL
Blues Curator and Assistant Professor
Archives & Special Collections
J. D. Williams Library
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848
work (662) 915-7753
fax (662) 915-5734
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