Copying bird calls

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Subject: Copying bird calls
From: "Robert Read" <>
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2001 17:12:18 +0930
A question for the more technologically able.
I attempted to copy a few bird calls from the Simpson and Day CD to a portable cassete recorder, for personal use in the field . 
I tried what seemed to me the logical method of connecting a cable from the speaker outlet on the computer to the microphone inlet on the recorder.  The result was the bird calls plus a howling noise in the background.
Is the latter a result of the equipment I am using, or is it something deliberately put on the CD to make copying difficult?
I succeeded in copying what I wanted by simply sitting the recorder in front of the speaker, but the result is poor.  The original has a  lot of wind and other background noises and the copy is worse.
Robert Read
Alice Springs
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