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Re: Bird Sound Audio Archiving

Subject: Re: Bird Sound Audio Archiving
From: Dave Mellinger <>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 17:32:09 -0800
Cornell University.  The Curator there is Dr. Greg Budney,
 [EMAIL PROTECTED]  The MLNS archives nature sound recordings,
 especially bird sound recordings, from all over the world.  I don't
 know if they'll be sufficiently interested in your recordings that
 they'll be able to devote resources for archiving, but they may well.
 If they do, it'll be a good way to achieve permanent, replicated
 storage of your sounds, as well as web-based access to them.  The MLNS
 also has a lot of experience at restoring old, decaying tapes.
 Dave Mellinger
 >From: Leslie McPherson [<a  href="[EMAIL" 
 >rel="nofollow">[EMAIL</a> PROTECTED] 
 >Sent: Saturday, December 06, 2003 5:24 PM
 >Subject: Bird Sound Audio Archiving
 >         I'm after some advice on a rather delicate subject and am hoping
 >some of you out there with more experience than I can offer some workable
 >suggestions or views.
 >     I run a small archive of bird songs/calls dealing mostly with New
 >Zealand and Antarctic species, but more importantly these days species from
 >Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia as well. Sounds from other regions are
 >also included as well. Most of the field recordings (some 250 hours now) are
 >on open reel tape, with a few on cassette tape and few on DAT tapes. As these
 >tapes age there is noticeable deterioration in the audio quality in some
 >instances. My dilemma in the main is to decide what would be the best method
 >of preserving the entire archive for future generations to use. I've looked
 >at DAT recording and have been advised that while this is capable of
 >extremely good audio quality, it is a poor tool from an archivist's point of
 >view. The two main contenders appear to be minidisc, with the attenuation
 >problems that can occur with that medium, or compact disc, in either data disc
 >format that will run only on computer or the system that commercial CDs use
 >that will run on most domestic CD players. Whatever system is eventually
 >chosen will be bought in slowly, as I'm a one man band a present and as such
 >do not qualify for funding from the traditional sources who deal with groups
 >or organisations.  My thinking at the present time is to go the CD way and
 >produce two or three copies of each disc for reasons of safety. Comments
 >welcome please. Reply to either the group or to [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 >Les McPherson
 >P O Box 21083
 >New Zealand
 ><a  href=""; 

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