Guys, while of interest to audio engineers with a mic cabinet, this kind of discussion is of no use
to most people out there today collecting oral histories. What is of interest is, where do I put
this little digital recorder? What's a good volume level to set on it? What are all these format
choices and what should I choose? Real basic stuff for civilians, not esoteric audio engineer talk.
Most recorders out there today are low-end digital flash recorders or, more common, iPhones and
Samsung phones. So how can we raise the bar on what people capture with those things?
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Paul Stamler" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, September 08, 2014 4:43 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Asch vs Lomax
> On 9/8/2014 1:08 PM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
>> 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.
> If you can put up with a pattern that's merely hypercardioid instead of short-shotgun, you might
> try the Electro-Voice RE16, and it works well sitting on a piece of foam with the capsule floating
> just above the tabletop ("mouse" mounting as Richard noted). I've had a lot of luck using it for
> oral history interviews. Tough as nails, too.