Date: Tue, 2 Apr 1996 10:46:00 -0600


Subject: Problems with DAT recordings

I recently began making field recordings in DAT format using a Tascam DA-P1

portable recorder. Just last week a colleague of mine who also does

linguistic field work told that he had decided against making digital

recordings because, he claimed, they distort speakers' voices. Although I

hadn't noticed this before, his comment prompted me to compare analog and

digital recordings I'd made of the same speaker. I was surprised and

somewhat disconcerted to find that there was, indeed, a pretty noticeable

difference between the two. I'm not sure just how to describe the

difference, but in a general way I'd say the speaker's voice sounded less

natural on the DAT recording, and somewhat lower than I recall it to have


I'd be interested in knowing if anyone else who has used DAT recordings has

noticed this problem.

Tom Klingler


Tom Klingler

Department of French and Italian

Tulane University

New Orleans, LA 70118

(504) 862-3120 (office)

(504) 865-8020

Email: klingler[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]