Duane, The question is not about sound quality, it is about preservation and
access. If a recording sits in the library of congress and nobody hears it
does it make a sound. Sound quality can also be improved after transferring
to cd also, if that's what you want. The lady on the radio wanted to
preserve a recording of her great-grandmother's oral history of riding a
covered wagon into Missouri. The people on the show totally discouraged her.
She could have easily made many copies of the tape she had. That would have
given her a better chance of preserving her great-grandmas legacy than
hanging on to a single casette tape. No one is saying to throw away the
analog originals are they?-ml
>From: "H. Duane Goldman" <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
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>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] National Recording Registry
>Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 17:00:01 -0600
>Well lets hope that at some point the sound quality becomes paramount. It
>surely isn't using less than thoroughly cleaner recordings transferred to
>current digital formats. Analog technology is still the more accurate
>representation available whether or not Sony & Phillips agree; and they
>were never interested in sound quality, only in a new product to sell.
>Somewhere the people involved got sidetracked by convenience & forgot to
>listen to the product, at least I hope that's the reason.
>At 01:30 PM 1/29/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>>In a message dated 1/29/2003 10:07:58 AM Pacific Standard Time,
>>[log in to unmask] writes:
>>>The host said "with great difficulty".
>>>Here's how you do it fellas. You take a cassete recorder and hook it up
>>>phillips (or any other brand) cd recorder and you transfer it following
>>>simple instructions in the manual. Converting sound recordings to digital
>>>recordings takes no expertise at all.
>>Boy is this true. What I find in all of the work that I have done is
>>that, at the end of the day, with voice recordings especially, the quality
>>matters less than the content. Spending too much time on quality rather
>>than on the value and the meaning of the content to contemporary
>>generations-- is a waste of time. The host was completely uninformed and
>>probably turned off some young people who would like to do this sort of
>>thing. Too bad.
>>independent documentary filmmaker
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