Date: Tue, 2 Apr 1996 10:46:00 -0600 From: Tom Klingler 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 been. 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]