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When I was a kid, my little brother and I spent many long summer hours playing around with our cheapo tape recorder. We had a bunch of books on tape ("Turn the page when you hear the chime...") and a handful of music albums (Thriller was on heavy rotation), but our favorite thing to do was insert a blank cassette, press "record," and just goof around.
A quarter-century later, somewhere in my mom's closet is a box of tapes of her chipmunk-voiced children singing their ABCs, telling dumb jokes, and squabbling over whether Minnie and Mickey were husband and wife or brother and sister. Those recordings are of zero monetary value, but their sentimental worth is unmatched. I'd save them in a fire, and I think she would too.
These days, when so many of us are photographing and filming every little thing our kids do, a basic audio tape recording might seem a little lo-fi. I mean, why just get the kids' voices when you can have them in full-color, high-quality HD, right? Well, for me, part of the fun is that it is lo-fi. In the same way there will always be a soft spot in my heart for real Polaroids, there's something charming about a cassette tape you can actually hold in you hand. As for your kids, how many of them have actually even seen a tape recorder? Don't you think they'd get a kick out of it?
If you're worried that using cassette tapes means not having a digital backup stored on a secure hard drive in a disaster-proof vault somewhere...maybe you need to get a grip. Just kidding; I worry about that stuff too! If you want to go digital, here are some notes:
If audio recording sounds like something your family would dig, here are a few final tips:
Have you done any audio recording with your kids? Are you going old-school or using the latest and greatest technology?
LOL! I remember doing this as a kid! My son also had one of those recorders with the mic! He loved to sneak up on us and tape us!
Haha I love this article. I'm still pretty old-school.
I remember those lol
I remember those tape cassettes, the tape would unwind and we had to rewind it by hand with a pencil.
I'm going to get that app for my phone. My 5 y/o just cracks me up sometimes, it would be good to have something handy to record her.
We record them on our phone or video camera lol.
I usually record the kids singing happy birthday to each other or to my parents and send it to them via text message before actually calling :)
for video, I use either my cell phone (droid global 2) or the flip camcorder
you know...i usually just use the digital camera;s video option but havent in a long time...need to do some more