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ELAR Workshop

Audio Recording, Digitisation and Archiving

Dietrich Schueller, Phonogrammarchiv, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Room B104, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, 13th February 2006

Booking now closed- Workshop is full.

This workshop with be of interest to:

  • those specialists who capture sound from analogue and digital sources and who archive audio or video (will be most interested in Part A)
  • fieldworkers who work with audio, including linguists, ethnomusicologists, and anthropologists (will be most interested in Part B)
You can attend in the morning (Part A), afternoon (Part B), or both.
Places are limited and booking is essential ... download booking form


Part A (morning: 11am - 1pm)

  • Session 1: Principles of audio conversion and preservation (IASA-TC 03)
      Topics include:
    • A-D conversion
    • Choosing digital resolution and file formats
    • Digital to digital ingest
  • Session 2: Optimising signal extraction from magnetic tape
      Topics include:
    • Identifying and assessing track formats and misaligned recording heads
    • Historical equalisations

Part B (afternoon: 2pm - 4pm)

  • Session 3: Field audio recording
      Topics include:
    • Microphone arrays, including psychoacoustic considerations
    • Recording devices, post R-DAT
  • Session 4: Small scale digital archiving
      Topics include:
    • Manual approach to digital archiving
    • Archiving in the field

Format of sessions

Sessions consist of a 30 minute presentation with 15 minutes for questions. Some sessions will involve more audience discussion.


Part A: £15 (students £10)

Part B: 15 (students £10)

Both sessions: £30 (students £20) - includes lunch

Lunch: Participants can join Dietrich Schueller to eat lunch. Cost of lunch is included if you book both sessions, otherwise add £5.

Booking information

To attend the workshop, send a booking form by Monday 30th January.