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Max Planck Institute’s Field Manuals

Stephen C. Levinson, Asifa Majid, and Mark Dingemanse 2010 It is our pleasure to announce the launch of the L&C Field Manuals and Stimulus Materials (http://fieldmanuals.mpi.nl/), a web resource providing access to many of the field manuals produced by the Language and Cognition group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. The site contains a […]

Mini-DV Cameras and HD Video

Keith M. Murphy 2010/10/29 at 11:46 pm I just want to add a caveat about investing in mini-DV equipment over tapeless alternatives. The points Mark makes about compression are correct and are definitely something to consider, however there’s also some danger in diving headlong into receding technology that may not be around for much longer. […]

Video Recording

Mark A. Sicoli, October 2010 I just set up a new Linguistic Anthropology lab at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and so I recently thought about video and audio equipment and made some decisions for which I will share the reasoning and resulting equipment. Tape or Solid State? One of the latest questions to think […]

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 […]

Budgeting for Equipment

Robin Shoaps, March 2007

Writing a Budget

Don’t think in terms of “what’s the minimum I need in order to do my
project”—think about your ideal situation. My Wenner-Gren dissertation budget was
very bare-bones—apparently too much so, they asked me to revise it before I got the
grant. I ended up spending $8000 on equipment alone and used every bit of it!
Annotate your budget with short descriptions of what the equipment will be used for

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 […]