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I agree w/ Tom.  If a hands on event I'm sure we could get equipment overview from folks from  AES, or B&H or tekserve, as well as many others willing to offer experiences and workshops.  b


On Sep 8, 2014, at 3:57 PM, Tom Fine wrote:

> 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?
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> -- Tom Fine
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>> 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.
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>> Peace,
>> Paul
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