Audio recording formats have evolved for years, but never has there been an outside influence that changed the direction until the IPOD!
General recording applications on campus have evolved through each format and all may still exist on your shelves and in your equipment racks! The evolution of the IPOD generation has accelerated the change from dedicated proprietary formats to the simple computer file that is easily downloaded and shared.
Regardless of the actual media (Compact Flash, Smart Media, Files on CDR, etc) the files recorded must be standard MP3 or Uncompressed WAV to have any value. These recorded files have the opportunity to be played in Computers, DVD players, new CD players, new car stereos and most importantly, the personal MP3 player device.
This evolution has added more responsibility to the AV/IT departments and the challenge is, “How can we eliminate steps?”. One key step is the actual capture of the recording to be the correct format and could be easily downloaded or transferred. The digital recorder world has changed recently to include portable and controllable rack mound compact flash recorders. These units not only provide the correct file formats, they are much more stable and reliable than a “moving parts” recording technology.
We have seen many great examples of recording lectures and events for Podcasting, Narrow Casting and dedicated examples including Oral History, Speech Pathology, Music Practice and Journalism. We welcome your comments or concerns for any application at your campus.