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At 01:33 PM 2/18/2004 -0500, Matthew Barton wrote:
>Does anyone out there have suggestions for a dependable field recording
>format? Here at the Folklife Center, we're getting more and more queries
>about this. In recent years most audio fieldwork has been done on cassette
>or DAT, and even though both of those formats have a limited future, they
>have a large user base and may be preferable for the short run while the
>market decides just what will be available. That said, a lot of people are
>rushing to buy items such as portable CD recorders and Marantz's flashcard
>recorder, moves that they may live to regret. Still others are using
>Minidisc recorders. One growing and intriguing possibility is laptop hard
>drive recording, which can be accomplished with various combinations of
>gear, but would seem to cost almost as much as a non-portable digital
>audio workstation.
>
>Any suggestions or useful tales from the field would be appreciated. Thanks!

Isn't "field recording" rather a broad term? I do not believe the best
answer to capture speech unobtrusively would be ideal for an amplified
musical performance. On the simplest level, the availability of a power
socket and the time between interrupts would certainly be factors.


Mike
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