Hi John,

We use the Edirol R-01 and R-09 models here at Hoover. They do  
we need them to do (16/44.1 WAV, multiple input/output options, etc)  
and, perhaps,
more importantly, have interfaces that are easy to understand.

As often as not, researchers and curators take these recorders with  
them off-site
so when i was shopping around it was imperative that we get something  
a relatively intuitive series of buttons and displays. For example, i  
recorders with buttons that emulate the Play/Rec/Pause/etc buttons on  
recorders since most people using the thing are already familiar with  
the way
hand-held cassette recorders work; something that stands to save you  
hours dealing with "tech support" calls and emails from whomever is  
using it.

Note: While i actually like the R-01 model a little better, Edirol  
discontinued it
which is why our second recorder is an R-09.


Brandon Burke

Brandon Burke
Archivist for Recorded Sound Collections
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6010
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On Jan 26, 2009, at 8:07 AM, Schooley, John wrote:

> We are looking to apply for a grant in order to purchase some digital
> recorders for oral history interviews.  Up until now we have been  
> using
> cassettes.  I was curious if any of you have any experience with any
> particular models, or any recommendations?  Keep in mind that these
> devices will probably be used by a variety of interviewers  
> (historians,
> volunteers, etc.), none of them audio engineers, so ease and  
> simplicity
> of use is probably the most important factor.