Genealogy: Audio recordings

Genealogy: Audio recordingsBy Barry J. Ewell

Audio recording began in 1877 with tin foil on a cylinder, which was commercialized with the introduction of the wax cylinder recorder by Thomas Edison. Since that time audio recording devices have gone through a series of technological advances. It is possible to digitally reformat any of these commonly encountered recording media which are summarized below. Audio quality will vary based on the type of device, quality of the original recording, and the software employed.  Modern computer-based audio editing software has made it possible to “clean up” the audio in most cases within the limits mentioned above. Continue reading