I'm new to this, but am really hoping for some advice. I want to conduct some genealogical interviews and need some equipment! What I have done in the past is used my laptop (Inspiron 1150) and plugged a mic into that ("binaural"?? two mics that hook to a person's lapel and then the cords join and go into one jack on my laptop). This works ok, but I am looking for something that will allow me to record the interview on two tracks (one for each mic) and supposedly I can only get one track because I am using a line-in on a laptop or something.
So, is there something better out there? Should I get an ipod or a mini-disc player? How would something like that do as far as using two mics, downloading to my laptop (I've been recording to audacity, which records in something like an .aup file), sound quality, etc? Or is there something I can add to my laptop to be able to record in audacity but with two tracks?