The 1973 original audio gives you the full audio recordings of Srila Prabhupada from 1973 in MP3 format.
This Archival Edition of the original 1973 audio recordings in MP3 format is largely unedited or unenhanced. This collection contains all of Prabhupada's 1973 classes, morning walks, room conversations, press conferences, lectures, arrival addresses, interviews, and more, all extracted from the original media (reels and cassettes.) This collection contains new material as well as previously released material.
The MP3 Archival Edition is a direct copy of the original recording with very minor, if any, audio-quality enhancements to remove or reduce artificially induced sounds, such as excessive tape hiss, or raise the volumes of recordings made at very low levels. These recordings are not remastered, so they ARE NOT sonically cleaned up or edited like the previous releases, but reflect the "as is" nature of the both good and poor original recordings.
About the archiving process
A lot of work goes into releasing the audio for a particular year that is playable, transcribed, and authenticated, with nothing censored or cut. First each recording is transferred to digital files. This can be a delicate and tedious operation. The tapes are old and sometimes brittle and fragile. Such techniques as baking a tape (yes, literally baking it) are used to prepare the recordings for digital conversion.
Each tape is then transcribed and sorted according to it contents. Not all the tapes in the Bhaktivedanta Archive collection are originals. Some are duplicates, and some are hybrids, made by devotees who spliced and merged different recordings together. Often the original reels or cassettes are poorly labeled, wrongly labeled, or not labeled at all. So frequently it can take several steps to determine which recordings are the "real" originals.
One 16GB flash drive. Approximately 1.5" x .5". 11GB, 414åÊfiles, 250 hours.
Interface Options: Hi-Speed USB 2.0 & Standard USB 1.1
Compatibility: PC/MAC/LINUX compatible
Operation System: Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/ME/98/95 and Mac OS 8.6 or above.