I agree with Marie. Many spoken word recordings have the potential
for phonetic analysis--whether that was the original intention for
the recording or not. Get the best digital signal you can (though,
frankly, in my experience, more than 24-bit, 48 kHz is a waste of
space), which means doing it in real time.
Manager (SS4), Computer Support, Archivist
Language Labs and Archives, University of Chicago
At 9:31 -0600 13/2/06, Marie O'Connell wrote:
>I work with spoken word/oral histories all the time, and it is my
>recommendation that to make a digitized preservation copy/master, that it is
>done in real-time. I work with both reel-to-reel and cassettes, with speeds
>ranging from 15/16ths to 15ips.
>I believe there is a requirement to get the best quality from spoken word
>recordings. In fact, in terms of preservation work, real-time is the only
>way to go. I'm sorry, it may take longer, but it is worth it.
>Sound Archivist/Audio Engineer
>The Center For Oral History & Cultural Heritage
>The University Of Southern Mississippi
>118 College Drive #5175
>Hattiesburg, MS, 39401-406
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>Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] 1/4" audio tape digitizing
>I am working with two libraries to digitize their audio content. The audio
>is now in quarter inch tape format for the most part.
>I understand that, for spoken word recordings where absolute top quality is
>not a requirement but digitization is, that there are 1/4" machines that
>at higher than normal speed, making the process of transferring a great
>tapes more cost-effective and less time-consuming. Could anyone recommend
>what these machines might be and how much time they save.
>I would also love help and a recommendation regarding the best
>to work with if I have to outsource much of this work.