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Tips for Collecting Data via Audio Recordings

Be sure to consider:

  • If you are using a standard tape recorder, use one with a counter. This will make it easier to locate key segments of the tape for later use.
  • If you are using a standard tape recorder, you should fast forward the entire tape, and then rewind it. This stretches the tape and limits the likelihood that it will break during, or after the interview.
  • It is a good idea to use an external microphone to improve the sound quality. (On many standard tape recorders, the sound of the movement of the tape may interfere with or obscure the voice of the participant.) Decide whether you will use a directional mic, a lapel mic, etc., then make sure it is placed in a location that will ensure the best sound quality without making the participants too nervous
  • Be sure that you and the participants are situated away from air conditioning vents and fans (both for physical comfort and to minimize noise).
  • Bring extra batteries, cables, chargers, cords, memory cards, etc., with you.
  • Test the equipment before you begin recording.
  • It is a good idea to use at least 2 different recording devices.

Tools for Audio Recording

Audacity - Phenomenal, free, digital recording and editing software that allows you to make digital audio recordings on your laptop, and then filter out background noise, etc., after you have recorded the interview. You can also export the audio file in MP3 format so that you can download it into an iPod and listen to it at your convenience - chericem1 chericem1

Consider investing in a digital voice recorders that allow USB file transfer.

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