All things Sound
This how-to article for PC users has many overlaps with digitizing audio recordings you make yourself of family oral history.
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
A hack to increase the iPod’s recording quality from 8kHz (the current low, icky rate) up to 96kHz
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.
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.
Based at the University of Albany, SUNY. Has a weekly broadcast/internet radio program, Talking History.
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
Review of the Marantz PMD 660, Solid-state digital recorder at Transom.org
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.
Gregory Narain at Corante on recent search engine announcements to index video, skipping over audio
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
Tech News on ZDNet:
SanDisk is releasing its first line of digital audio players to help expand use of its key product, flash memory.
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.
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
Tape Speeds for different formats as measured in inches per second, or centimeters per second. Tape formats range from reel-to-reel to cassettes.
Cassettes go the slowest of the bunch, at 1-7/8 inches/second. Microcasettes aren’t mentioned here (but are in this 1983 microcassette review), but they go half the speed of cassettes, at 15/16 inches per second, or even slower: 1/2 inch per second.)