Bird Calls

To: Stanley Jones <>
Subject: Bird Calls
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 09:10:15 +1100 (EST)
On Sun, 28 Oct 2001, Stanley Jones wrote:
> I am teaching myself bird calls using the Bird Observers club tapes. The
> problem is that finding individual calls is a slow process. I would like to
> record the calls on my computer hard disk so that I can access individual
> calls with the click of a mouse. The problem is I don't know how to do this.

You can convert the bird calls on the (analog) tapes to (digital)
files on your computer via a sound card.  Separating out the tracks will
be time-consuming.

You can wait for the calls to be released on CD, which is a digital
format and straightforward to transfer to hard disk.

Or you can buy the Simpson&Day CD-Rom which has some?/most?/all? of
the BOC tracks on it as WAV files.

As side note techology for portable digital music players is still
improving.  Apple have just announced their iPod which contains a 5Gb
disk.  Other portable player have this much storage but none in such a a
tiny and convenient package (100x60x20mm, 200g).  It supposedly runs 10
hours on a single charge.  With no compression you can store perhaps 20
hours of mono bird songs, or 100+ hours in a (lossy) compressed format.
It is expensive (US$400) but cheaper equivalents will no doubt become

Andrew Taylor

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