All things Sound

Review of Marantz PMD660

At Akustyk (acoustic, get it?), a site for linguists, a review of the Marantz PMD 660. The review is geared toward linguists, but since they’re talking about quality of spoken word recordings, it’s a good one to pay attention to.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on September 15, 2005 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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This how-to article for PC users has many overlaps with digitizing audio recordings you make yourself of family oral history.

Rip your records

The article focuses on vinyl records, but the author tested different hardware and software that comes in handy for inputting family recordings. Of course, it’s likely that you won’t have family recordings on vinyl. But the sound cards, the audio input to computer and the process of digitizing them are very similar

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on May 03, 2005 in • AudioAudio: HardwareAudio: Software
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iPod recorder hack for higher fidelity recording on an iPod

A hack to increase the iPod’s recording quality from 8kHz (the current low, icky rate) up to 96kHz

ipod hackaday: how to record on your ipod (for free). [via Broadcast & Podcast Gadgets]

And you don’t need the Belkin or Griffin add-on microphones, either. Just plug in your own mic. Requires models that can use podzilla (open source software to port Linux onto the iPod). Works with 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation iPods.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 26, 2005 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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Mike Hurst’s Sound Editing presentation

Synopsis and tutorial movie as part of Sound Editing Training Day (March 15), in NE England.

Written synopsis and links to digital video demo (RealPlayer, QuickTime, Windows Media Player) of using Adobe Audition (Win only) software and the various commands used to minimally process sound to obtain a better quality recording.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 21, 2005 in • AudioAudio: Software
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Talking History: Aural history and Oral History

Based at the University of Albany, SUNY. Has a weekly broadcast/internet radio program, Talking History.

Talking History home page. Site has links to shows in Real Media and MP3 formats. (Also, the Talking History page at

Our mission is to provide teachers, students, researchers and the general public with as broad and outstanding a collection of audio documentaries, speeches, debates, oral histories, conference sessions, commentaries, archival audio sources, and other aural history resources as is available anywhere. We hope to expand our understanding of history by exploring the audio dimensions of our past, and we hope to enlarge the tools and venues of historical research and publication by promoting production of radio documentaries and other forms of aural ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 18, 2005 in • AudioOnline Oral History CollectionsOral history in the news
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Transom Tools: Marantz PMD 660

Review of the Marantz PMD 660, Solid-state digital recorder at

Jeff Towne: The Marantz PMD 660

But they [digital recorders] also require some shifts of paradigm: we no longer record onto a master tape or disc, which will then be saved in an archive. Instead, audio is recorded to a memory card, then transferred to a computer, after which the card is erased and used again.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 09, 2005 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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What Happened To Audio

Gregory Narain at Corante on recent search engine announcements to index video, skipping over audio

Corante What Happened To Audio link:

I’ve often wondered why video was the next indexed platform, however. Sure, video killed the radio star, but then again audio came first. It seems like we’ve barely mastered the audio techniques, audio recognition, and things of that like but we’re skipping over our roots.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 05, 2005 in • Audio
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Edirol R1 looks good

A reader in a forum gives a full report on the (new) Edirol R1 after it finally arrived and he had an opportunity to test it.

The post in the CNet MP3 Discussion thread by a person called Criggs. The

My personal need was a high-quality portable recorder that could record non-stop on one set of batteries in full bandwidth for 3 hours, on a storage medium that could hold a minimum of 6 hours. The short story is that, after extensive tinkering and experimentation this past weekend, I can report to you that this device can indeed do that, and as such gives promise of being an EXTREMELY POWERFUL, UNIQUE product.

Non-stop recording for 3 hours: It will handle an interview on a single set of batteries all right.


Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on March 16, 2005 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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The Amazing Slow Downer

From Roni Music comes software to slow down (or speed up) music without changing pitch. Windows and Mac. $44.95. Designed to slow down music so other musicians can figure out that cool guitar lick (or whatever), this may be helpful to slow down speech for transcription.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on February 11, 2005 in • AudioAudio: Software
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Edirol UA-1D USB Digital Audio Capture Interface

USB Digital Audio Capture . Cross Platform (Win 98/Me/@000/XP and MacOS X). “The UA-1D is the simplest way to add S/Pdif connections to your computer. S/Pdif (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) is a standard audio transfer file format.”


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Museum of Sound

BoingBoing posts on an LA Times article about the Museum of Sound

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on January 12, 2005 in • Audio
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Audio Field Recording Equipment Guide

Put together by the Vermont Folklife Center, in Middlebury VT, this Audio Field Recording Equipment Guide is described, “This document is designed to offer guidance to researchers interested in obtaining audio recording equipment for conducting folklore, ethnomusicology and oral history fieldwork projects.”

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on December 01, 2004 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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SanDisk flashes new digital audio devices

Tech News on ZDNet:
SanDisk is releasing its first line of digital audio players to help expand use of its key product, flash memory.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on October 12, 2004 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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Transom Tools: MiniDisc Guide

Transom, a “showcase and workshop for new public radio” has a Minidisc Guide describing the pros and cons of minidisc (for radio professionals, who also use cassette, DAT, and digital recorders), and describes essentials of what to buy and what to use.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on September 27, 2004 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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Media Supply: Archiving, Paper Labels and Sharpies

Media Supply’s Archiving Advice

Our company has been in the CD-R business for years and we have worked with lots of clients who use discs for archiving. Here are some tips we recommend to clients….

1. Anytime you plan on long time storage, don’t use paper labels. [...]

2. Try to go with a true gold disc if you want to seriously archive. A gold reflective layer disc with Phthalocyanine dye has a shelf life of almost 300 years, compared to under 100 for a silver Phthalocyanine dye disc, and less than 30 for a Cyanine discs. Basically the metal in the silver disc can oxidize, and the gold doesn’t, so no breakdown of the refective layer. Watch out for some gold discs that are just a gold screen print on the surface. MAM-A and Hi-Space both use real gold reflective layers. If you can’t go gold, at least go with a silver Phthalocyanine disc.

3. In general avoid writing on discs ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on August 29, 2004 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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