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Re: [ARSCLIST] National Recording Registry

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" <thedoctor@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Reply-To: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxx
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.


Duane Goldman

At 01:30 PM 1/29/2003 -0500, you wrote:
In a message dated 1/29/2003 10:07:58 AM Pacific Standard Time,
mikel78_rpm@xxxxxxxxxxx writes:
The host said "with great difficulty".
Here's how you do it fellas. You take a cassete recorder and hook it up
to a
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.

David Hoffman
independent documentary filmmaker
varied directions

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