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by Richard on May 14, 2004

So. Here’s my first attempt. It’s recorded at the lowest posible quality to keep the file as small as possible. Have you started your recording yet?

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Martin Roth 05.14.04 at 8:20 am

Lovely. Very simple, very pure. More please.


Jonathan 05.14.04 at 4:46 pm

Shoot. I can’t download MP3’s from work because of our firewall. I forgot that.

And work is the only connection I gots right now…oh well…


Bene Diction 05.14.04 at 8:26 pm

Needs some bass.:^)
Didn’t Ian’s Messy Desk mention something about tuba playing?


Rick 05.14.04 at 11:28 pm

As we like to say over here, “Not too shabby!” Sweet and unadorned, that.


Richard 05.14.04 at 11:48 pm

You’re too kind.
I agree tht it needs something BD. I recall that Ian plays something brass - it’ll take some serious intervention by Audacity for a tinwhistle to compete! But I’m looking forward to trying…


Godfrey 05.15.04 at 5:06 pm

If file size is an issue, Ogg Vorbis format (which Audacity reads and writes) provides the same quality as MP3 at lower file sizes, or better quality at the same file sizes.

So, uh, what do you need? You’ve already got a guitar player; I’ve got a bass, but it’s electric. I’ve got a tenor recorder… somewhere. I’ve got a few other instruments, but they’re of dubious appropriateness to the piece (saxophone, keyboard, didgeridoo…) Or I could sing, if worse comes to worst… :-)


Richard 05.15.04 at 11:47 pm

Any or all of the above Godfrey! All participants will be able to get the submitted files if they want to play with Audacity or similar - it’ll be interesting to see how different people use the same material. I’m almost there with the upload/download thingy. I’m hoping it wil be ready later in the week. In the meantime, plug a mic into your Mac and blow, strum, pluck or yodel.
Seriously, file size is an issue of course - as much as anything because I don’t want excessive bandwidth charges. Any views on a sensible filesize limit for a single verse?
Thanks for the tip about Ogg Vorbis. I’d seen it on the list, but didn’t know anything about it. I’ll alter the upload script to allow it.


Godfrey 05.16.04 at 6:29 am

I’m afraid I’m the wrong person to ask about sensible file sizes, since I’m on a broadband connection and don’t pay for connection time/transfers. I guess I’d do it by ear — crunch the files down as far as they’ll go before they start sounding too thin or muddy.

After playing around with Audacity a bit, I see that its MP3/Ogg Vorbis exporters don’t provide the same level of control as I’m used to, so I don’t think it’s possible to get the Ogg Vorbis file sizes down as far as the MP3s can be set (at least without using a different encoder).

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