AUDIO GEEKERY: So I’m an audio geek, and I care more about sound quality than most people. But the public radio folks are absolutely insane. I did an interview with Weekend America from my home studio — one of those things called a “tape sync” (though there’s no tape anymore) in which they record their end, I record my end, and then they edit the copies together into one seamless whole. That produces better quality than a phone connection, of course. But when I uploaded the file to their site, they wanted it as a .wav file, rather than an .mp3 file, meaning that our little interview was over 135 MB in size, and took a long, long time to upload. I’m absolutely sure that by the time it’s put on FM or satellite radio no one will be able to hear the difference, but they were adamant. Sure, the dulcet tones of my speaking voice are worth going to any length to preserve, but still . . . .
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