For oral histories in my job we use a digital recorder designed for
music recording. The Edirol R09HR (possibly a later model available
now as mine is 2 years old). It is very popular with oral historians
because its easy to use and to upload to a computer and has good
If anyone is seriously interested I have a 15 page guide booklet
compiled for oral historians by John Hockney that I imagine he will be
happy to share to another field of users.
The cost was $550 in 2008.
On Sat, Oct 23, 2010 at 1:52 PM, Dave Torr <> wrote:
> Would be interested in any replies you get as I am looking at the moment.
> The Zoom H2 is supposed to be good, but is very restricted in its playback
> options and is very new. The one I am looking at (but can find no reviews of
> as it is also very new) is Olympus WS750M which seems to do most of what I
> want - both recording notes in the field and hopefully bird calls and also
> the occasional playback! FOr me the ability to plug into a PC to transfer
> recordings is vital and both of these do that.
> On 23 October 2010 13:45, Tom Tarrant <> wrote:
>> Recently I have become involved with the analysis of birdsound audio and
>> have been making recordings using a handycam and the video facility of the
>> Canon EOS 7D DSLR.
>> However these are a very 'clunky' ways of doing a simple task and wonder if
>> anyone has found a reasonably cheap digital voice/audio recorder which does
>> the job fairly well?
>> I'm not really planning to do 'professional' recordings but more to get
>> reference material (so please don't bother to re-open the 'playback' thread
>> as it is not my intention to use it for this purpose!)
>> Any constructive ideas gratefully received,
>> Tom Tarrant
>> Kobble Creek, Qld
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