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Sound Advice: Affordable, Responsible Practices for Producing and Managing Audio Content

April 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm


This workshop will cover the ways in which oral historians, podcasters, and recorders of public presentations can best prepare their materials for archival ingest.

Brett Dion, our workshop instructor, will recommend best practices for applying budget-minded audio technology during recording, post-production, and storage. He will discuss interview environments, microphone placement, audio basics and troubleshooting, file formats, recording gear, metadata, alternatives to outsourcing transcription, working with the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer, and editing with software like Audacity.

Participants will learn:

  • How to prepare for an audio recording, including best practices, good practices and best-to-avoid practices
  • Recommended approaches to preserving master recordings, plus editing and compressing derivative copies
  • Indexing the recording content as an alternative to transcription
  • The basics of the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer and Audacity

Please bring laptops if available. 

Brett Dion has twelve years of digitization experience, including magnetic tape, and holds a BA in Communications from Hofstra University and a Masters of Science with Archives Certification from Pratt Institute’s School of Information & Library Science. From 2015 to 2017, he was the Oral History Project Archivist at Brooklyn Historical Society for the legacy Voices of Generations oral history collections.

For more information, please contact LILRC at 631-675-1570 x204 or email: nmenchise@lilrc.org.



April 26
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Nicole Menchise, Regional Archivist
631-675-1570, x204


Member Fee
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Retired Member/Student/Unemployed
CEU Certificate
No Charge


Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library
999 Old Country Rd
Plainview, NY 11803 United States
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