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Re: Cortina Method Audio

Postby n_j_f » Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:48 pm

Whilst I agree with Cainntear that mp3 is the "default" for better or for worse, in my case there were other factors involved such as the use of the audio editing software. It is doubtful that a flac file rather than mp3 file would make a significant difference with some of the older material. I will admit, however, that my ear couldn't really discern the difference and my entertainment set-up is fairly basic. Having said that, I wouldn't be adverse to doing so at a later stage if some forum members think this would be of benefit.

I tend to agree with Speakeasy that the time factor involved with digitising audio from records or cassettes is not insignificant. CDs are more efficient and the Cortina Material I have is in this format.
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Re: Cortina Method Audio

Postby Cainntear » Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:56 pm

n_j_f wrote:Whilst I agree with Cainntear that mp3 is the "default" for better or for worse, in my case there were other factors involved such as the use of the audio editing software. It is doubtful that a flac file rather than mp3 file would make a significant difference with some of the older material. I will admit, however, that my ear couldn't really discern the difference and my entertainment set-up is fairly basic. Having said that, I wouldn't be adverse to doing so at a later stage if some forum members think this would be of benefit.

It's not about the immediate listener -- yes, MP3 is good enough for that.

My point is that with FLAC you then have recording that others can digitally improve using specialist software designed for removing (for example) pops and crackles from record players, and someone who does not have access to the physical media but does have the skills and the software to clean up the audio files can do so at a later date, which is why it would make a very significant difference for older material.

MP3 is an "end-point" in the process in that once you've rendered to MP3, any further editing is a bad idea. Many of the recordings in the FSI/DLI archives are pretty horrible sounding due to noise in the original recordings, but because they're in MP3 only, they will never be able to be restored. There's constant talk of rerecording them instead, but that's a massive job that I doubt will ever happen.

Obviously I'm grateful for the work you guys put in to doing this, and I hope it doesn't seem otherwise.
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