The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #162454   Message #3867172
Posted By: Mr Red
19-Jul-17 - 03:29 PM
Thread Name: Tech: Field Recording
Subject: RE: Tech: Field Recording
I come back to my mantra

zero recording has zero quality.

Get it recorded. Prat around with formats all you want, the future will value any document, over zilch, they value social history more. They will moan about quality, maybe, but wail about lost opportunities. Go for WAV - but unless you up the sampling rate you won't notice the differences.
The problem is all in the high frequencies and the Nyquist frequency (think 1/2 sampling rate), as frequencies approach it they suffer progressively. And those frequencies are small in volume so receive greater quantizing errors (rounding). Go for greater sample size. Storage will increase but it gets cheaper.

Trust me I am a member of several history socs, and in the business of grabbing the moment before the momentees snuff it.
Field recordings are not pristine, ambience is what you get, and that ain't nothing to do with quality. Its the information contained therein that has value.