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Query:   Sum: Digital/Analog Tape Recorders
Author:  Arienne Dwyer
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Computational Linguistics

Summary:   IN APRIL (!) I POSTED A QUERY ABOUT THE PROS AND CONS OF FIELD TAPE
RECORDERS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ROBERT ENGLEBRETSON, DOUGLAS
S. OLIVER, AND MJ HARDMAN AND FOR THEIR HELPFUL AND DETAILED
RESPONSES. I WILL BE (FAR A-)FIELD-TESTING A SONY TCD-D8 DAT RECORDER
IN A MATTER OF DAYS. THANKS AGAIN -- ARIENNE DWYER (MAINZ)
DWYER@GOOFY.ZDV.UNI-MAINZ.DE

___________________________________________________

R.ENGLEBRETSON WRITES, IN PART:
THE ADVANTAGES OF DAT INCLUDE: (1.) STORAGE CAPACITY. AT 32K, WHICH
IS MORE THAN SUFFICIENT SAMPLING FOR ACOUSTIC ANALYSIS, YOU HAVE FOUR
HOURS OF UNINTERRUPTED RECORDING. THIS IS ESPECIALLY NICE FOR
RECORDING CONVERSATIONAL DATA (ESPECIALLY WHEN THE RESEARCHER IS NOT
PRESENT), AND DOES AWAY WITH WORRYING ABOUT FLIPPING AND CHANGING
CASSETTES. (2.) RECORDING QUALITY. WITH A GOOD MICROPHONE, QUALITY
IS FAR BETTER THAN ANY CASSETTE RECORDER EVER COULD BE, ESPECCIALLY
REGARDING TAPE NOISE. AS FOR MICROPHONES, I'VE HAD GOOD EXPERIENCES
WITH THE SONY ECM-959A STEREO MICROPHONE (A GREAT MIC IN TERMS OF
FREQUENCY RESPONSE AND PRICE) AND ALSO WITH SONY ECM-155 LAPEL MICS.
(I'VE HAD FAIRLY BAD EXPERIENCES WITH THE SONY ECM-909 MIC, AND
SIMILAR MICS OF LESSER PRICE.) (3.) SIZE. THE PORTABLE DAT I USE IS
IN FACT SMALLER THAN THE SONY PROFESSIONAL (CASSETTE) WALKMAN.
(...SNIPPAGE...)

REGARDING YOUR SECOND POINT:
> DIGITIZING ANALOG TAPES IS EXTREMELY TIME-CONSUMING.

I DON'T KNOW THAT DAT WOULD BE ANY LESS TIME-CONSUMING. UNLESS YOU
HAVE A SOUNDCARD WHICH SUPPORTS DIRECT DIGITAL INPUT (IN WHICH CASE
THERE WILL PROBABLY BE ISSUES WITH SAMPLING RATE), MOST PEOPLE FIND
THEY END UP CONNECTING THE LINE OUT FROM THEIR DAT INTO THE LINE IN ON
THE COMPUTER-- ESSENTIALLY RE-DIGITIZING THE ANALOG SIGNAL FROM THE
DAT LINE-OUT.

FINALLY, YOU HAD ASKED ABOUT

LL Issue: 8.967
Date Posted: 01-Jul-1997
Original Query: Read original query