The Qual Lab has a variety of equipment available to support field research, including a variety of audio and video recording equipment. Researchers may use this equipment for pre-research testing, determining which types of equipment will be most useful for their research, as well as for collecting data.
Checking Out Equipment
Equipment can be checked out by IU faculty and graduate students through the SSRC, during their operating hours. In order to check out equipment, you will need to provide your Campus ID card and submit a brief form. For most equipment, the default check-out period is two weeks. Some equipment is available for longer-term check-out upon request. We check equipment out on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to know whether a specific piece of equipment listed below is currently available, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call or stop by the SSRC.
Using the Equipment
This page contains information about the lab's field equipment and links to supporting materials. Hard copies of manuals may also be provided with equipment. As with lab equipment and software, field equipment is intended to be used independently by faculty and graduate student researchers, and how you use the resources is up to you. Some limited training and support is provided through the SSRC. If you have specific questions about using field equipment for your research, contact us at email@example.com.
Researchers may need to provide additional recording media (tapes, memory cards, etc.), connective cables for use with non-lab equipment, and batteries while in the field. The researcher will be responsible for equipment while it is checked out and must treat it with care. Please report any damage to or loss of equipment.
Our Field Equipment
The Qual Lab has a range of audio recorders, from professional-grade recorders useful for detailed linguistic analysis to smaller, user-friendly recorders useful for basic recording needs. Researchers may need to provide additional storage media and batteries. See Smart Pens and Microphones and Stabilizers lists for additional equipment.
Basic voice recording
- Sony ICD-PX440 Voice Recorder (1)
- Olympus WS-821 Voice Recorder (1)
- Sony ICD-UX560 Digital Voice Recorder (20)
High-quality audio recording
- Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder with Carrying Case (1)
- Sony PCM-D100 High Resolution Portable Stereo Recorder (1)
- Tascam DR-40 Linear PCM Recorder (1)
- Tascam DR-40 Version 2 Linear PCM Recorder (2)
- Sony ICD-SX2000 Stereo Digital Voice Recorder (4)
- Zoom H1n Digital Handy Recorder (3)
- Zoom H4nPro Handy Recorder (four-track audio recording) (2)
- Marantz PMD661 MKII Professional Portable Flash Field Recorder with Porta Brace AR-PMD661 Carrying Case (1)
- Rycote Mini Windjammer compatible with Marantz PMD661 and Sony PCM-M10
These professional-grade cameras can be used for documenting events, interviews, and other activities. Each camera is checked out with compatible memory storage, though researchers may need to provided additional storage for larger files. See the microphones and tripods and stabilizers lists for additional video needs.
- Canon XA10 Professional Camcorder with 64GB Internal Flash Memory and Full Manual Control with battery pack and carrying case (2)
- Canon XA11 Professional Camcorder (6)
- Sony HVR-V1U 3-CMOS 1080i Professional HDV Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom with battery pack and carrying case (2)
- Sony HVR-Z5U (1)
- Sony HVR-A1U (6)
Qual Lab microphones can be used with Audio and Video recording equipment to direct and improve sound recordings.
- Azden WLX-PRO Camera Mountable VHF Wireless Lavalier System with WR-PRO Receiver and WLT-PRO Body Pack Transmitter
- Audio-Technica AT875 Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone for Video Applications
- Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone for Video Camera Clamp Mounts
- Auray WSS-2012 Professional Windshield for Shotgun Microphones (12cm)
- A variety of connection cables
The Qual Lab has two Canon PowerShot G11 10MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Stabilized Zoom and 2.8-inch articulating LCD with battery pack and carrying case. These cameras produce excellent photos for documenting research activites.
- Canon PowerShot G11
- Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II
Tripods and stabilizers can be used with Qual Lab's other equipment to help researchers produce clear images and focused sound.
- Magnus VT-400 Video Tripod (10)
- Slik SDV-20 tripod (2)
- Canon 6195A006 Deluxe Tripod 300 (4*)
- Manfrotto 351MVB2 Aluminum Video Tripod Kit (with 75mm Half Bowl and 3460 (503) Pro Head, Mid-Level Spreader, Rubber Shoes & Padded case - Supports 13.5 lb/6.1 kg) (1)
- Manfrotto Fig Rig (1)
- Revo SR-1000 Shoulder Support Rig (1)
- Rode Micro 3-Section Boom Pole (1)
- Hercules MS401B Mic Stand (1)
- Hercules2 EZ Grip Tripod Mic Stand (1)
The Qual Lab has 15 transcription kits available for check-out. Each transcription kit includes the following:
- Infinity Foot Pedal with USB cable
- Sony MDR-7506 headphones and headphone adapter
These foot pedals are designed for use with the free version of Express Scribe transcription software.
Livescribe smart pens can be used to both record audio and create a digital version of handwritten notes, which some researchers find useful for capturing data through interviews. The Livescribe+ app can also sync audio and your handwritten notes, allowing researchers to easily play the audio captured while certain handwritten notes were recorded, or vice versa. To use all of these features, researchers will need both the Livescribe+ app and special Livescribe dot paper, which can be purchased or printed.
- Livescribe 3 Smart Pen (4)
The Qual Lab has two different types of scanners and one document camera available for check-out.
- CanoScan LiDE 220 flatbed scanner (3)
- Epson Workforce DS-410 document scanner (1)
- Lumens DC125 document camera (1)
The Qual Lab has two portable projectors available for check-out.
- Kodak Pocket portable projector (1)
- XSories Micro portable projector (1)