To which I would add: Tom's suggestion of recording in stereo is absolutely on the mark. It's so much easier to 'decode' audio in a noisy environment from a two-channel pickup. If you've ever recorded a lecture that way while sitting in the audience, you know how effective this can be. To another point: I've found several new cassette recorders and packed them away in their blister-packs along with a box of new cassettes. (I also admit doing the same thing with Minidisks...but those are headed for eBay) <g> Regards, Mark Durenberger ----- Original Message ----- From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]> > One mic per person usually works well, but I've heard very nicely audible > group-discussion things made with a well-placed stereo mic. > > Here's what may be a controversial notion. If you have made an oral > history recording that is of great value to you and your family, I would > suggest that it's prudent to record a backup of the final edited product > to ... cassette! Why? They are cockroaches -- they seem to last very well > over decades when stored properly. There will likely be playback gear > around for decades to come (if you have any doubts, go online and buy a > couple of $20 Walkmans, they are still sold).