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These suggestions are all good and fine.  However, whoever is not financed 
on the scale of a national library, and departs from 44.1 16 bit, expecting 
to store on a CD must consider the long-term consequences of a non-standard 
or only temporarily standard storage medium with its required investment in 
harware of dubious future repairability, processing (changes in the 
cataloging system) and the gamble that whatever technological substitute 
choice is made will be decodable say, twenty five years hence.

How many video formats for audio, digital or analog, are still accessible by 
institutions with holdings in those formats?  Aren't we encouraging 
archivists to create media that can only serve to guarantee future 
generations of sound restorers a career?  Oh, when will we ever learn.

Steve Smolian


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lou Judson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, February 20, 2006 12:24 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Cassette obsolescence - digitizing standards


What about using 24 bit at 44.1 so that any noise reduction or
processing done later is higher definition?

Lou Judson  Intuitive Audio
415-883-2689

On Feb 20, 2006, at 8:21 AM, Richard L. Hess wrote:

> It's easy to say 96/24 for everything, but if you can put 3x the amount of 
> stuff in the same bucket at 44.1/16 and you haven't lost anything, why 
> wouldn't you do that?
>
> It's a balancing act. The cassette is the weakest link in the chain.

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