Re: Frontier Town

Ryan Ellett

No argument there; Randy's work is top-notch. The thinking is that as more collectors are interested in lossless formats like flac and wav, offering programs in that format meets that need; but they are also easily turned into mp3 for those who prefer that format. We miss out on acquiring certain recordings because an increasing number of individuals with hard-to-get performances are hesitant or even not interested in trading or selling with OTRR because they don't want the shows distributed in mp3 format and only want flac/wav in return. We still get a lot of material in mp3 format (and it sounds good to my ears) and I don't expect that will stop any time soon.

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On Monday, February 22, 2021, 09:14:45 AM CST, peterjaybird via <peterjaybird@...> wrote:

I'm of the opinion that Randy's superb sound is due to his encoding, not the  audio type or size of the final product.  I've downloaded 100's of  shows from his site (rand’s esoteric otr), and I consider them some of the best recordings available. I'm not suggesting the Frontier Town isn't worthwhile, but rather collectors should consider sound quality before they measure size.


On Monday, February 22, 2021, 09:35:36 AM EST, Michael Moore <mmoore11@...> wrote:

I can help with this. I have the all 47 episodes in 128 kbps mp3.



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Sent: Monday, February 22, 2021 9:02 AM
Subject: [OldTimeRadioResearchers] Frontier Town


We are working on a quick update to our 2009 release of Frontier Town. Originally released in mp3, we've acquired the original .wav files that these programs were recorded in from transcriptions by the esteemed Randy Riddle. As the hobby gradually migrates to lossless formats, we want to re-release this set with .flac files instead of .mp3. I need five volunteers who are willing to take about ten episodes and compare the first couple minutes of episode 1 in .mp3 to episode 1 in .flac to make sure our numbering and naming remains accurate. You do not need to listen to entire episodes (though you might; I found this series more enjoyable than I expected), just enough to compare that the new flac version of an episode is the same number and name of the previous mp3 episode. Many hands will make quick work of this task that would take one person quite a while, probably.

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