digital recording media (Sheila Williams )

Subject: digital recording media
From:    Sheila Williams  <williams(at)PSYVAX.PSY.UTEXAS.EDU>
Date:    Mon, 11 Jan 1999 13:10:17 -0600

Dear list, I would be most grateful for advice from anyone with experience of using portable digital recording equipment? There seem to be two choices available now, Digital Audio Tape or Minidisc. Can anyone recommend any particular model for high quality sound recordings, such as for speech? or suggest which system (DAT or Minidisc) is the best and for what reasons. I need to take into account transferability to computer (eg the Kay system) for analysis - from the descriptions I've seen all the digital systems seem to have digital output on optical channel only - is there equipment available to convert this to standard input interfaces? I also need to know about suitable microphones to use with such a system and restrictions to their use. We hope to record in comfortable, relatively casual surroundings (not anechoic or acoustic rooms), so although the equipment will be visible to the speaker, it should not be too obtrusive or constraining, such as requiring the speaker to sit in a precise position. I've used DAT in the past but remember having problems with keeping the (directional) microphone well-aligned with the speaker - non-directional microphones seemed to collect too much back-ground noise (also we had battery problems with microphones) and we also had to use the analogue output to transfer to the computer and so would like to know to what extent technology has now advanced to make recording easier before purchasing new equipment. Sheila Williams. Dr Sheila M Williams phone: 512-471-4253 Psychology, University of Texas at Austin lab: 512-471-0693 528 Mezes Hall, Austin, Texas, USA, 78712 fax: 512-471-6175 McGill is running a new version of LISTSERV (1.8d on Windows NT). Information is available on the WEB at

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