Choosing and operating digital recorders for your fieldwork

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Help is available in choosing and operating digital recorders for your fieldwork.

Doug Boyd, Director of Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky, is in the process of putting together informational videos on some of the more popular portable field recorders. These videos are available on the Nunn Center website under the RESOURCES tab.  http://www.uky.edu/libraries/nunncenter  They are also available on YouTube via the Nunn Center's channel: http://www.youtube.com/nunncenter and will soon be available on the Oral History Associations website.  The point of these informational videos is to present the recorders to the folklore/oral history audience and to serve as more than simply a review.  These videos walk you through basic setup and recording on the machine and they run about 5-8 minutes in length.  We currently have two videos up: the Marantz PMD 671 and the Marantz PMD 661.  This weekend we will have up the Zoom H2, the M-Audio Microtrack II as well.  Here is the full list of recorders that we will feature.  

Sound Devices 702
Marantz PMD 671
Fostex FR2 LE
Marantz PMD 661
Marantz PMD 660
M-Audio Microtrack II
Edirol R09-HR
Marantz PMD 620
Zoom H2
Zoom H4n
Tascam DR-07
Tascam DR-100

The videos are accompanied by test sample recordings using the same microphones under similar recording conditions recording the same passage.