Sound quality is important for oral history recordings. Background noise or electronic interference can be confusing and annoying for listeners so I do my very best to produce good quality sound. I use a two-track file-based digital audio recorder and clip on lapel microphones to record broadcast quality uncompressed audio files that can be delivered in different formats as required (.wav, .mp3, CD etc.)
I am a member of NOHANZ, the National Oral History Association of New Zealand. The Association’s Code of Ethical and Technical Practice requires me to to treat every interview as a confidential conversation, the contents of which are available only as determined by written or recorded agreement with the person interviewed. I discuss these issues with interviewees before we begin the oral history. After the recording the interviewee signs a Recording Agreement Form so that any restrictions on listening, publishing or ownership of the material are clearly recorded for the future.