Hello Hugh, 

Yes having great recording gear and using it at the "high quality"
settings is  good but as you say it doesnt guarantee good results. I
know people who will only ever buy and use "the best" in equipment but
sometimes I suspect they hope the gear will somehow compensate for the
skills and knowledge that they sense they lack.  In the end there's
no substitute for that knowledge and those skills.



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Subject:[ARSCLIST] Terminological choice


 In the academic literature (of linguistics) I often read about the
 necessity to record with "high-quality recordings..." and what they
 often mean is all based on technical parameters. For instance using a
 mic, and recording to .wav format at something like 48khz/24bit.

 My perspective, and I think some on this list would agree, is that
 technical settings on hardware by themselves do not make a
 recording". My interpretation is that "quality" involves so much more
 terms of sound engineering, such as mic placement, levels like gain
 to signal ratio) etc, and composition of the content.

 So I am writing a brief squib on this issue, and I would like to
 terminologically make a distinction between a "High quality
recording" and
 a "a well recorded recording". I am wondering if I should contrast
 concepts of "High quality recording" and "High fidelity recording"?
What do
 you think? Do these terms adequately capture the contrast? Are there
 terms that should be used?

 all the best,
 - Hugh

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