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October 28, 2007

A comparison of HD Radio, XM Radio and AM radio

Filed under: Podcast, Audio recordings — Scott Redd @ 12:20 am

The following samples represent the following radio formats:

Mainly these samples exist to show what digital HD Radio sounds like on AM. Recently the FCC granted radio stations the privilege to broadcast HD-AM at night. This makes a world of difference for talk radio shows.

According to sources on the web, both HD-AM and XM Talk 165 broadcast around 24 kbps. Their audio samples do sound about the same to the ear.

The compression artifacts on both HD AM and XM radio are quite noticeable at this low bitrate. A strong AM signal on a good radio can rival the digital in overall fidelity. However, the lack of hiss, pop and fade, along with immunity from outside interference makes the digital experience more enjoyable.

About the recordings

The HD Radio recording was made using a Sangean HDR-1 connected via a standard stereo audio cable to my PC’s line-in jack. The recording was made using TotalRcorder as a full, uncompressed wave file and then saved into a 320kbps MP3.

The XM recording was made using an XM Radio Roady2 in a similar recording configuration.

The AM recording was made using a Sony boombox with an analog tuner that gets pretty fair reception and fidelity.

May 26, 2007

Kettle Corn

Filed under: Podcast, Ambient, Audio recordings — Scott Redd @ 11:02 pm

I recorded the sound of kettle corn being made at the 2006 Nebraska Renaissance Faire.

Listen to the MP3 (2.7 MB)

Harp - Gwen Telynores

Filed under: Podcast, Music, Ambient, Audio recordings — Scott Redd @ 10:54 pm

Lincoln, Nebraska musician, Gwen Telynores, plays Brian Boru’s March on the 36 string harp at the 2006 Nebraska Renaissance Faire. Afterwards she talks about the instrument and of using music as therapy to the sick and dying.

Listen to the MP3 (5.1 mb)

December 14, 2005

Audio Blog - ApacheCon 2005 - Notes From the Road

Filed under: On The Road — Scott Redd @ 11:20 pm

Audio blog posted enroute, on location, and returning from ApacheCon 2005 in San Diego, California.

MP3 File

Audio Blog - ApacheCon 2005 - Notes From the Road

Filed under: On The Road — Scott Redd @ 9:10 pm

Audio blog posted enroute, on location, and returning from ApacheCon 2005 in San Diego, California.

MP3 File

Audio Blog - ApacheCon 2005 - Notes From the Road

Filed under: On The Road — Scott Redd @ 11:56 am

Audio blog posted enroute, on location, and returning from ApacheCon 2005 in San Diego, California.

MP3 File

December 13, 2005

Audio Blog - ApacheCon 2005 - Notes From the Road

Filed under: On The Road — Scott Redd @ 12:18 pm

Audio blog posted enroute, on location, and returning from ApacheCon 2005 in San Diego, California.

MP3 File

December 12, 2005

Audio Blog - ApacheCon 2005 - Notes From the Road

Filed under: On The Road — Scott Redd @ 11:22 am

Audio blog posted enroute, on location, and returning from ApacheCon 2005 in San Diego, California.

MP3 File

December 11, 2005

Audio Blog - ApacheCon 2005 - Notes From the Road

Filed under: On The Road — Scott Redd @ 7:41 pm

Audio blog posted enroute, on location, and returning from ApacheCon 2005 in San Diego, California.

MP3 File

Audio Blog - ApacheCon 2005 - Notes From the Road

Filed under: On The Road — Scott Redd @ 6:36 pm

Audio blog posted enroute, on location, and returning from ApacheCon 2005 in San Diego, California.

MP3 File

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