aidan at USYD.EDU.AU
Mon Dec 3 00:38:03 UTC 2007
Sorry, I meant to send this to the list. Perhaps a 'reply-to:' field
with the rnld address should be included in the list's messages?
Aidan Wilson wrote:
> There are portable hard drives that operate on AA batteries that
> basically take everything off a device through a USB connection, that
> is, it doesn't need a computer to do the transfer, which can be a real
> bonus out in the field. Later on of course, you should get to a
> computer to make actual backups.
> The iPod isn't such a bad idea, besides the card reader accessories,
> there are USB transfer accessories that do pretty much the same thing.
> But when it gets ingested into the iPod, you won't be able to play it
> normally (if you use apple's default iPod operating system, that is)
> since you have to upload songs and photos via iTunes to do that. So
> it'll work just like a backup hard drive.
> The problem with the ipod though, is that the battery isn't
> field-swappable, and you'll need a computer, or a DC-to-USB adapter,
> to charge it if you want to use it for more than about 6 hours.
> Something else to think about regarding formats; please don't record
> to mp3 format. Record in wav format, at least with 44.1 kHz sample
> rate and 16 bit resolution, it'll take a little more data space (about
> 10 MB per minute), but the resulting quality compared with mp3, and
> the fact that it's archive standard, make up for the space needed.
> It's also the format used for long-term storage and, provided you
> either have the recordings archived in an institution or are vigilant
> enough to periodically check your backups, the recordings should last
> for as long as you want.
> Aidan Wilson
> Audio at Paradisec
> Naomi Elizabeth-Palosaari Fox wrote:
>> I had considered the same question a few months ago. I am using my
>> Ipod for backup storage in the field and have no problems to report.
>> The reason I wanted to do this was because you can get a Memory Card
>> reader which will directly transfer files from memory cards to the
>> IPOD without needing a computer.
>> I assumed that the card reader would work with any kind of file.
>> However, I could not actually get the reader to work with my Ipod,
>> although I4m yet not sure if that4s because of the file type or
>> because I had received a faulty unit. They are difficult to find and
>> I had to order online. If anyone has had any success in finding a way
>> to store and upload audio files from a solid state recorder, I4d love
>> to hear about it.
>> By the way, I4m very satisified with my primary mobile storage
>> device, a Western Digital 160G portable hard drive, small and easy to
>> transport. There are bigger capacities available.
>> Naomi Fox
>> Center For American Indian Languages
>> University of Utah
>> naomi.fox at utah.edu <mailto:naomi.fox at utah.edu>
>> *De:* Terry J. Klokeid [mailto:klokeid at victoria.tc.ca]
>> *Enviado el:* sab 12/1/2007 10:59
>> *Para:* RNLD List
>> *Asunto:* portable storage
>> I am looking for portable storage for voice recordings.
>> Our project has just purchased some Zoom H2 Handy Recorders to make
>> voice recordings, mainly in field conditions, not studio conditions.
>> Our tests of a unit before purchase indicated that H2 recordings are
>> of suitable quality. The portability and ability to record without an
>> AC power source and without a computer will suit our conditions.
>> The H2 records onto SD cards. Our ultimate aim is to put selections
>> onto CDs and MP3 players for distribution. To accomplish this, the
>> recordings will be passed around to several computer setups. (We use
>> a variety of computers. The one I use most is a G4 Powerbook, OS
>> 10.4.11, but the project membership uses both Macintosh and Windows
>> machines of varying vintage.)
>> What is the best way to store the voice recordings long-term? I have
>> thought of the iPod, because: 1. it has ample capacity, I think 180
>> gigs, 2. it is portable and runs on battery power, 3. the recordings
>> can be played back without the presence of the H2 or a computer, for
>> example taking it to someone's living room for review, or playing
>> back on the beach (for place names and such).
>> Or is the iPod not feasible?
>> I am still unfamiliar with formats for digital storage, so there are
>> undoubtedly issues I am unaware of.
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