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[ARSCLIST] Digital File Specs and StoryCorps
My friend, Susan Kitchens, has done an excellent blog entry on her
Geek that I am, I've been discussing the equipment in the comments section.
What is interesting, is this project is done with two CD recorders
and a compact flash recorder.
The CD recorders are obviously 44.1/16 and the CF recorder they use,
the Marantz PMD570 rack mount unit, appears to be able to record at
44.1 or 48 ks/s, but appears to only record at 16 bits.
It can also record compressed files (MP2 and MP3).
We still don't know how the CF recorder is being used.
So here is a major "born digital" oral history project that is
capturing at 48 ks/s 16 bits or less.
Please tell me again why some archives insist on digitizing oral
history cassettes at 96 ks/s, 24 bit, when they were recorded in
lower quality than this rig is capable of?
I'm glad to see some sanity here!
I know people say that storage is cheap, but managed, professional
storage is not cheap when we're talking a few spare petabytes to
record empty bits.
Richard L. Hess email: richard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.