Re: R-1 Portable - Tape Wormth


Subject: Re: R-1 Portable - Tape Wormth
From: macCormac (macCormac@shaw.ca)
Date: Sun Mar 27 2005 - 06:24:13 EST


excellent info Mr_Innit . ..

ps why do Acoustic Ecologists make so many scratch noises on Vinyl &
Plastiqué ?

is stochastic a dirty word ? since field recording is dirty work . ..
good luck with th earth worms :-)

pest regards, macCormac / sylvi
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http://www.sylvi.ca / na / da / bc
siwash rock & soundscape composition

"Innes <%>" wrote:

>
>
> There is still something to be said for the 'warmth'
> of recording to tape and the variation that tape based
> effects can bring compared to the consistency of
> digital settings. VHS-C videotape arguably has higher
> fidelity than audiotape.
> When going deep into the "field" to record sound I
> take an old vhs-c videocamera because:
>
> - You can also capture visual footage.
>
> - If your speedpunt along the Mekong capszies or you
> encounter semi-automatic wielding Hmong tribespeople
> (still backing the US in laos, vietnam) in a
> biodiversity conservation area, then you have only
> lost 50 bucks worth of equipment, and can save you
> arguing with insurance companies etc.
>
> - It is lightweight plastic, and carrying a few 90
> (vhs-c is a compact format) minute tapes is less
> weighty than bringing your laptop and cheaper than
> multiple memory cards.
>
> - There is no hard disk noise on the recording, and
> the tape warmth is not lost by subsequent digital
> conversion.
>
> - There is no temptation to listen to mp3s whilst
> travelling around etc which over the years has
> contributed to some hearing loss when I used to record
> on an mp3/.wav recorder/player. May the gods have
> mercy on the i-pod generation..
>
> Subsequently, I convert the signal to digital using
> the firewire connection on a DAC-100 (less than 100
> canadian in singapore) box which converts any analog
> audiovisual signal to digital or vice versa.
>
> For discrete recording and value for money, they dont
> come much smaller than the 512 meg Creative
> Technologies mp3 player range. The sound quality is
> somewhat sketchy, but that sketchyness could be arty
> particulalry after reverb processing. The encoding
> input could be used by some type of active microphone,
> in addtion to the built in microphone.
>
> Also, anyone who has hearing loss / music perception
> type experience, research etc which would make
> interesting television. Then please contact
> marie@autonomi.tv
> www.autonomi.tv are developing a programme featuring
> Adrian Sherwood (on-u sound system) about music and
> hearing loss.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Innes A. Park
>
>
>
>
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