Audio

Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology recommendations

The Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology has a useful guide to equipment for ethnographic work. There are few specific recommendations of items, but useful general recommendations for choosing your own.

Bartek Plichta’s Audio Information and Software

Bartek Plichta has an extensive and well organized site including the free vowel analysis software Akustyk http://bartus.org/akustyk/index.php, and a wide range of reviews of audio equipment including suggestions for a basic field kit http://bartus.org/akustyk/field.php. UPDATE June 2015: The Akustyk software and the bartus.org web site appear to be discontinued. Bartlomiej Plichta’s YouTube channel contains several Praat […]

Audio Recorders

Mark A. Sicoli, May 2010

Some notes on Basic Audio

Solid state digital recorders called PCM recorders are standard equipment (pulse code modulation refers to the way the audio signal is encoded digitally). The units can plug into a USB port to transfer the digital files to your computer’s hard drive. Even so I like to use a separate (inexpensive) card reader for transfering because the transfer rates are many times faster with a card reader.

Vermont Folklife Center Audio Suggestions

Andy Kovolos at the Vermont Folklife Center has an extensive discussion of different kinds of audio equipment at the Center’s website including the use of ipods and solid state memory recorders to record interviews, suggestions for suppliers and useful books and weblinks. Suggestions as of 2009-2010. http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/archive/res_audioequip.htm

Link for Robin Shoaps’ Suggestions

All of Robin Shoaps 2007 suggestions can be found in the following document: http://anthropology.uchicago.edu/pdfs/shoaps_suggestions.pdf Individual pieces of this can be found under the categories of material that they cover.

Suggestions for Makes and Models of Equipment

Robin Shoaps, March 2007 Makes and Models Digital audio recorders Olympus WS 300M series M-Audio Microtrak Edirol R9 Sony HD-MD Marantz PMD 660/670 Tascam HD P2 Video cameras Canon GL-2 Sony HDR HC1 or DCR VX2000 (both NTSC, for Europe, PAL may be more appropriate) A good very high quality camera, appropriate for visual anthropologists […]

Quantity of Recordings

Robin Shoaps, March 2007 A Note on Recording Quantity Dissertation fieldwork is a unique opportunity in the lives of most anthropologists. At virtually no other time in your career will you have the amount of time and lack of competing demands for such an extended period. Nor will you have as many opportunities to “cast […]