Slightly off topic, but you can still encode at a single rate with the free
Helix Real Producer.  When you go to the AUDIENCE tab you will have 3
default settings in the right window - 16k, 28k & 56k.   Select the two you
don't want and click on the garbage can icon to remove them.  The resulting
files will work without causing RealPlayer to hang and you have the added
benifit of the file being approx 1/3 the size of the multi-rate file.  I
couldn't understand why I was having a problem with some of the audio files
on my website (which played fine locally) until I read your comment and
decided to look into the multi rate issue. Now I've got to go back and fix
the few files that are 'bad'.

Rob Lomas

Hopes this helps    -----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of RA Friedman
Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 7:36 AM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Sound Archives. Boston Public Library.

  All the links I pulled up were dead. I'm running the latest version of
Internet Explorer. What kind of files are they supposed to be? I've seen a
lot of Real Audio files that didn't run properly since they were the default
multi-rate but were being used in a simple server arrangement where you need
single rate files. Unfortunately, the free R.A. software (Helix Real
Producer) no longer allows you to create single rate files for use on a
conventional server.

  RA Friedman

  Don Saklad <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
    Why would the player not work for the sound archives?...
    of Boston Public Library at

    BPL personnel are adamant about any difficulties being at the users'
    end rather than difficulties of the player software. It does not
    represent good customer services practices to put the onus on the

    It's always a good idea to offer an alternate player just in case
    a user would have difficulties with one of the choices.

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