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Physical description codes for musical sound recordings

Voyager (007)

See also Fixed field codes for sound recordings (008)

Multiple 007 fields are appropriate whenever more than one code would apply to the recording in any of the various subfields. Stereo/mono (SND) and capture/storage (C/ST) would be the most frequent candidates.

Voyager Definition Codes for 78s Codes for LPs Codes for CDs Codes for Cassettes
Specific material designation type of disc d = sound disc d = sound disc d = sound disc s = sound cassette
Speed speed d = 78 rpm b = 33 1/3 rpm f = 1.4 m. per sec l = 1 15/16 ips
Playback channel kind of sound m = mono m = mono
q = quad
s = stereo
u = unknown
m = mono
q = quad
s = stereo note 1
u = unknown
m = mono
q = quad
s = stereo
u = unknown
Groove width note 2 groove width s = coarse/standard m = microgroove n = not applicable n = not applicable
Dimensions dimensions d = 10 in.
e = 12 in.
e = 12 in. g = 4 3/4 in. i = 3 5/8 x 2 1/2 in.
Tape width tape width n = not applicable n = not applicable n = not applicable l = 1/8 in.
Tape configuration tape configuration n = not applicable n = not applicable n = not applicable c = quarter track
Kind of disc kind of disc m = mass produced m = mass produced m = mass produced m = mass produced
Kind of material kind of material a = lacquered
s = shellac
p = plastic m = metal and plastic n = not applicable
Kind of cutting kind of cutting l = lateral l = lateral n = not applicable n = not applicable
Playback characteristics playback note 3 u = unknown u = unknown e = digital c = Dolby encoded
Capture & storage techinques capture a = acoustical capture, direct storage
b = direct storage, not acoustical
e = electric storage
u = unknown
e = electric storage e = electric storage
d = digital
e = electric

Note 1: LC practice is to "assume a CD is stereo unless there is a clear indication (wording on container, printed insert, or the disc itself) that the recording in hand intended to be mono." (MLA-L correspondence on 3/11/2005 from Joe Bartl, Music & Sound Recording Team 1, Special Materials Cataloging Division, Library of Congress)

Note 2: Enter the code in subfield f, even if the information does not appear on the item.
   source: OCLC website

Note 3: When a recording does not clearly indicate playback configuration, users may either use code u in subfield Æe or infer a configuration from the recording itself.
   source: OCLC website


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Last revised May 26, 2006.