Hi, Andy and Tom and all,
I see that Tom has taken my name in vain (glad it's not in vein) and
Andy has attended one of my audio preservation workshops.
I would be happy to provide a technical resource.
My best oral history interviews have been done with a pair of Sennheiser
MKH-416 short shotguns and the CD-rez recorder de jour. (My first and
longest trial with it was with a D8 DAT in the 90s.) I wonder what would
be an economical replacement for the MKH-416. I think Rode has one that
is more-or-less equal, but, alas, that may include price.
Reasons for liking short shotguns: reduce ambient noise/reverb, brings
in presence from a longer distance. Reason for liking THESE short
shotguns: low self noise, RF capsule system (immune from humidity
issues), and they sound wonderful. They have been a go-to Hollywood
voice-over booth mic for years. In fact, it's still in their catalog,
the last of the MKH series mics dating back to the 1950s).
I just saw an announcement for the Zoom H5 which is a four-channel
recorder that uses the H6 mic modules, but the XY mic module for the H5
is re-engineered with vibration isolation.
Laying the recorder flat on the table on a small piece of foam has the
advantage of eliminating most reflections--this is the principle behind
the "Mic Mouse" and the PZM Boundary layer microphones.
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.