Microtrack 24/96 Review

Andrew DeVigal at Interactive Narratives writes a review of the new-ish M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96. Brief upshot: “Though I haven’t used it rigorously yet, I have to say that I’m quite impressed and happy with the purchase.”

It’s about one-fourth the size of the PMD 660. Takes longer to boot up. But the size is sweet, according to Andrew DeVigal.

The size was the reason I waited for this unit. And I’m glad I did. It’s about the same dimension as my iPod but thicker. So it’s easy to handle. And the menu button as well as the scroll wheel (that’s what they call it but it feels more like a rocker) on the opposite side makes navigating through the files and settings easily accessible with a single (right) hand.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on October 20, 2005 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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Twins talk in the StoryCorps booth

Recordnet, California’s Central Valley paper, profiles Stockton twins (currently in Seattle) as they swapped stories about their father in the StoryCorps booth.

In a 40-minute session in StoryCorps’ MobileBooth, a recording studio constructed inside a silver Airstream trailer, the Canote twins, 54, swapped tales of their father, Bob Canote, who died last year at 81 in Saratoga. The oldest of five children, Bob became a banker after he completed his World War II service in Italy.

A profile of local people and a discussion of the StoryCorps project (which, thus far, hasn’t been getting much coverage on this site, though I’ve been following it quite closely. And wondering when and if they’re going to come to the L.A. area. The West Coast tour stops in San Francisco, and that bums me out.

Here’s their how-to for doing it yourself:

If you want ...Read More

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A new way to stop digital decay

The Economist’s Technology Quarterly on a virtual computer that can “read” all previous media and software formats, preserving dgital media into the future.

“Digital media lasts forever, or five years, whichever comes first.” Here’s an example of how a wonderful digital preservation project ran into that 5-year wall:

In 1986, for example, 900 years after the Domesday book, the BBC launched a project to compile data about Britain, including maps, video and text. The results were recorded on laserdiscs that could only be read by a special system based around a BBC Micro home computer. But since the disks were unreadable on any other system, this pioneering example of multimedia was nearly lost for ever. It took two and a half years of patient work with one of the few surviving machines to move the data on to a modern PC (it can be seen ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on October 12, 2005 in • DigitalityLongevity
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USB microphone

The Samson C01U USB Studio Condenser Mic is the first affordable studio condenser mic with a USB interface. $39

Blurbage from the Samsontech website describes it thus:

The C01U USB Studio Condenser Mic is the first affordable studio condenser mic with a USB interface.

For the first time ever, musicians who record music on computers have a simple, affordable way to capture high-quality vocal and acoustic instrument performances.

Seamless integration was the idea, and it was obtained by creating a studio condenser microphone that can be plugged into any computer with no in/out boxes, no expensive computer pre-amps, just a USB cable.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on October 07, 2005 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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So Long, Minidisc?

Engadget highlights a Minidisc discussion forum thread that speculates on the future of the MD format, based on Sony’s corporate doings (or un-doings, or corporate restructures)

Is it finally the end of the road for the oft-maligned MiniDisc? It certainly seems that way, judging from the recent activity at the MiniDisc Community Forums. Though not exactly a hotbed of anti-MiniDisc activity, one member points out that at Sony’s recent corporate strategy meeting there was no mention of the format, and it was also a no-show in the company’s annual report, other than as an example of a dying format.

If MiniDisc is going to be abandoned, it’s sad. 15 years is the lifetime of the product cycle, according to the post that kicks of the speculation on the MiniDisc Community Forum thread. The small size and convenience and sound quality for field recordings has so ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on October 05, 2005 in • AudioAudio: HardwareDigitality
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