[Air-L] Voice-recorders or mobile phones for face-to-face interviews with young people?

Matthew Bernius mbernius at gmail.com
Mon Sep 13 17:50:47 PDT 2010


On using the iPhone for recording of f2f interview, it can be done, but you
*must* (and I stress *must*) use an external microphone -- which plugs into
the earphone jack. As to the specific one to use, there are numerous
options. On the higher end there is a product from "Blue" which runs about
$80 (US) -
http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/05/blues-new-and-improved-mikey-ipod-iphone-microphone-captures/
-
though its probably too large for your needs. Another option would be a
smaller tilting unit like this one -
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/cellphone/cee3/ (I've never tested it, so I
can't speak on audio quality).

You might also want to look at Livescribe pen recorders, which work quite
well and are pretty unobtrusive (http://www.livescribe.com).

- Matt

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Matthew Bernius
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http://www.arts.cornell.edu/anthro/
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