Originally Posted by Oren Arieli
Having been gone for Thanksgiving, I wasn't able to retest using the suggestions already mentioned.
I do agree that 'drift' is a poor term to use for timebase error (but its much shorter), and that MP3 is a terrible format...for music. However, I have yet to come across a client who can tell when a voice recording was made compressed vs. uncompressed.
As I mentioned, the thought of re-digitizing in real-time leaves much to be desired. I often record 2 or more hours from the audio board and that would be more time spent in the pre-edit stage.
My intent was simply to see if someone else with the Olympus LS-10 has a similar issue. But thank you all for the lively discussion and suggestions.
Even if a client can't tell the difference in a voice recording (and I don't dispute that), the timebase issue would be a total deal breaker as far as using MP3 as the recording format. Since the recorder(s) under discussion give you the option and can record as a normal uncompressed wav file, what possible reason could there be for recording to MP3? The only advantage it has is file size. thus recording time per storage card, and with the cheap storage and bandwidth these days that should be the least of your worries. So you need to record a 12 hour confernce - spend the few dollars to buy a handful of memory cards and swap the cards for fresh ones during tape changes in the camera or during coffee breaks.