[Imc-chicago-audio] audio formats
msszczep at midway.uchicago.edu
Sat Jan 22 19:48:46 PST 2005
1. Depends. I use uncompressed .wav for loading files onto my iTunes,
but I almost exclusively use .mp3 for loading files onto the web (since
.mp3 is; sure, mp3 is a proprietary format, but it's very well known and
easy to use).
2. Don't know. Rita may have some comments on this.
3. Whether or not you should leave a curse word in depends on (a) the word
in question, (b) the sensibilities of the broadcaster, and (c) the likely
listening audience. Plus, there's a factor as to whether or not
by leaving it in you want to put up with any other potential
headaches. Judgment calls should rely on all three factors at
least. I've found tones to be easier to listen than pauses; at least
with tones, you know that something is being bleeped out. If you edit the
word out, that can sound confusing.
4. mp3 is probably the way to go; even though it is a highly compressed
format, it can still lead to some huge files. One way to get around them
is via the web or FTP transfers; if you can post them on a webpage (even
if temporarily) or on an FTP site, that can help with traffic.
Let me know if you have any more questions.
_ Z Mitchell Szczepanczyk
/ http://home.uchicago.edu/~msszczep http://www.chicagomediaaction.org
On Thu, 13 Jan 2005, Kelly Pierce wrote:
> I am pleased to report that I have learned the Sound forge sound editing
> program well enough to save a file from minidisc into my machine in Sound
> Forge, edit it to the way desired and save it into a number of audio
> formats. In learning all of this some questions have occurred to me in
> getting a file that could be used on someone's show.
> 1. do people want the uncompressed .wav file or an MP3 file? If an MP3
> file, which bitrate?
> 2. do folks want me to normalize the file before I provide it to them or do
> they want to normalize files themselves? What is typically done for sharing
> audio files with program producers in general?
> 3. If curse words which are not suitable for public broadcast are used in
> the original recording, should these be edited out or left in? If edited
> out, should a tone be inserted or just the offending material be removed
> without a tone? I have heard both approaches.
> 4. Once the file is ready, how should I make it available for folks? if it
> is a .wav file, the file size creates the practical necessity of
> transferring it by CD and sending it through the postal mail or leaving a CD
> at the radio station. MP3 files can be transferred online for those with
> high speed connections. I can send files to people individually but is
> there a place where I can upload files for people to download without me
> needing to send out an announcement and make individual arrangements, which
> could be time consuming in the long run?
> I will appreciate guidance from those more experienced in this area.
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