Re: Speech Database Collection: Preferred equipment/soundcards? (Pawel Kusmierek )

Subject: Re: Speech Database Collection: Preferred equipment/soundcards?
From:    Pawel Kusmierek  <pawel.kusmierek@xxxxxxxx>
Date:    Wed, 17 Sep 2008 11:49:55 -0400

I think that for a recording like that any soundcard/audio interface (including USB ones) from companies such as M-Audio, Edirol, E-mu, Tascam, Alesis, Echo audio. I recommend that you check website of a good online vendor (like Sweetwater, Fullcompass, zZounds etc.), probably anything they carry will be good enough (and many will be too good). Once you are above the level of noisy on-board (laptop and desktop) soundcards it is much more important to have a good microphone, good recording environment, and a decent preamp (which may be built in in your audio interface). Please note that different types of microphones require different preamps and/or inputs on your audio interface. Pawel 2008/9/17 Tarun Pruthi <t.pruthi@xxxxxxxx>: > Hi: > > We are trying to collect a speech database for our application. > > In our experience laptop soundcards are notoriously bad with introducing > strange noises into recordings, 60 Hz or otherwise. And I read on auditory > list sometime back that USB external soundcards are no good either. So, we > are planning to use a Dell Desktop and do recordings in a sound booth. > > However, I wanted to find out if anyone has any experience with the kind of > equipment that works best for it? Should we be careful about what kind of a > soundcard do we use? Does anyone know which soundcards work best? Is there > anything else that we should be careful about? > > Any kind of help will be greatly appreciated! > > Thanks > Tarun Pruthi > Senior Research Engineer > Think A Move > -- Pawel Kusmierek PhD Department of Physiology and Biophysics Georgetown University Medical Center The Research Building WP23 3970 Reservoir Road NW Washington, DC 20007 phone: +1 202 687-8851 or 8028, fax: +1 202 687-0617

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