A microphone on a PC with the program FREECORDER (find with http://www.google.com ) will do nicely.
You can find good microphones even at radio shack, but new to audio work people tend to balk at the few hundred dollars to get excellent results with nice microphones, preamp and VU meters.
I would like to record interviews of my 80-year neighbor. Can you advise what equipment to use? I have a recent laptop running win XP, wish to capture and preserve good quality recordings digitally. I have been advised to use a good microphone but can find no guidance helpful to a novice. I suspect a recorder would be less cumbersome than the laptop. Cost should not be excessive (under $500, preferably less).
Thank you very much!