For making speech recordings in the field, you are likely to need a microphone, a recorder, storage media, headphones, speakers, and perhaps a solar panel. While choosing hardware may appear simply to be a matter of "the more expensive the better" (in terms of recording quality) this is not always the case. For example, some products store data in formats more easily archived and converted than others.
This section of the school is devoted to guiding you through choosing the hardware that will best suit your needs in the field.
- The technical considerations page offers a comparison of different types of hardware available, such as analog or digital, and outlines the benefits and detriments of each in light of the recommendations of best practices.
- The practical considerations page discusses issues that are commonly encountered in the field and should be taken into consideration when selecting equipment.
- The equipment on a budget page presents advice on what to buy with a budget of $500, $1500 or $5000.
- The how to record page lists the tools necessary for recording, and makes suggestions for finding a recording space.
You may also find the following resources helpful:
A former LINGUIST List editor, Bartek Plichta provides hardware recommendations for entry-level, semi-professional and professional setups on his homepage.
- E-MELD Presentation (powerpoint format)
The Powerpoint presentation made by Bartek Plichta at the 2002 E-MELD Workshop.
Equipment on a Budget How to Record