This is related to a post I made earlier, below. I worked on this over the evening.How Big Is My Field Recorded Filk Archive? Tim Ryan AA (that's Ann Arbor, MI)
I worked this rather lengthy post up as I know how much I have, those who seen me recording at the Michigan and nearby convention would get an idea.
In the 25 years that I had been field recording filk circles and concerts, some you may know how often I could be seen with one recorder or another. Centering here in Michigan I covered ConFussion, Nova, GrandCon, ConTraption, Conamonzoo and ConClave. Out-of-state to me conventions included Marcon, InConjunction, RiverCon, ConText, OVFF and ChambannaCon.
In 1986 I discovered that my battery operated portable HiFi VHS VCR could be used to record audio only, taking advantage of the HiFi part of the machine where that track had a fidelity and headroom about 4 times what a reel-to-reel machine running at 7 & 1/2 inches per second. Battery operation removed power supply hum. A Shure Omnisphere michrophone was used to feed both stereo tracks. Later, I found some stereo microphones to use. Also, in 1987, I started using a camera for some recording, mostly concerts and special events, like parody plays. I count near 115 VHS tapes filling up to 2 hours each. They would cost from $5 early on to $2 later on. That collection ends with ConFussion in 1991. Collectively, in the cabinet, they probably weigh over a hundred pounds. I still have that VCR used to record, though it and some other machines do not cut out the audio when there is no video present. They have been made to make transfers. I made only a few audio cassettes from that collection.
In 1991, I got a portable Digital Audio Tape (DAT) recorder and started using that audio only format, again at most conventions named above. DAT is much more compact, giving the same 2 hours per tape or even 4 hours on a 120 tape at Extemded Play. These tapes also include my basement tapes. Quite literally, recordig from the HouseSings I had here circa 1991 to 1994, tapes I thought I was going to listen to the stuff I missed and then reuse the tape, but saving them saved some of Dave Alway's performance. The portable machine must have died in 1997, as the third tub of tapes ends with ConClave 1997 with a set of audio cassettes for some OVFF 1997. I think these DAT cassettes cost near $5 then as they do now. The 90 or so tapes weigh a lot less than the VHS tapes, but could contain over 270 hours of material. I have a Sony DTC-ZE700 that can go with those tapes to play them back.
The MiniDisc collection seems to be much smaller, about 40 discs with another 15 that still seem to be blank. These cover 2000 to 2004, staying to Michigan cons and OVFF. A Sony MZ-R55 portable player/recorder could come with these allong with a Sony MDS-JE440 MiniDisc deck.
Almost all of these were recorded in circles and concerts without in room amplification, so they do not contain that double pickup sound.
I also have over 144 filk company produced audio cassettes ranging from production before when I started buying them in 1986 to what could be called the end of the cassette era. These include a couple of Merceds Lackey rerely listened to tapes that some have been seeking to listen to a lot. In fact a lot of them seem to be listened to very little, with those that were played a lot getting a second copy purchased.
There are also about 100 Filk audio Cds on my shelf with an additional 100 Dementia/FUMP artist audio Cds, purchases supporting those artists.
Sorry about the uncut length.