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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are MP3s?
  2. Will MP3s play in CD players?
  3. Can Mp3s be turned into ordinary CDs?
  4. Why is the sound quality sometimes poor?
  5. Are the Mp3s on the CDs the same as the ones I can download?
  6. Can I make copies of the recordings?
  7. Can't you make the high quality MP3s from the CDs available for download?
  8. Will other speakers be added to the site?
  9. What is a pdf file?
  10. Why does one message on a tape at New Covenant Tapes cost the same as 27 messages on an MP3 cd?
  11. How do I make my own transfers from tape to MP3 or Cds?

1. What are MP3s?
The simple answer is that they are digital sound files similar to CD tracks, only a whole lot smaller! If you require a more technical answer may we refer you to webopedia? top of page
2. Will MP3s play in CD players?
No. MP3 CDs & DVDs will only play in MP3 compatible players. Some new CD players are now MP3 compatible as are many DVD players. If your player does not show an MP3 logo it is unlikely to play the MP3 CDs. They will only play in computers (providing the computer has a CD, sound card and speakers), Mp3 players, and Mp3 compatible CD and DVD players. top of page
3. Can Mp3s be turned into ordinary CDs?
Yes. If you have a CD writer in your PC there are a number of software packages which will very easily turn Mp3s back into full audio CD recordings. If you load the Mp3 track into Windows Media Player you need only click on "Copy to CD or Device" on the taskbar and it will do it all for you. It really is that simple. top of page
4. Why is the sound quality sometimes poor?
Most of our recordings have been transferred from cassette or reel to reel tapes. The originals are sometimes poor quality and we do our best to restore them. Another factor is the amount of compression we use to reduce the file size to make it more easy to download. Many of the recordings of G.W.North, for example, when uncompressed are frequently in excess of 900 Megabytes! Imagine how long that would take to download?! We have managed to get them under 10 meg in size, but the price paid can be a drop in sound quality. This is one of the reasons we offer all of the downloadable recordings on CDs. The CD mp3s are made with much less compression.
NEW! The High quality recordings from the CDs are now available for download from each speakers page. You will see two buttons under the heading "Download", namely, Low and High Quality. The High Quality files are the ones we put on the CDs. top of page
5. Are the Mp3s on the CDs the same as the ones I can download?
Yes.....and no. They are the same if you download the "High Quality" versions available on the speakers page.  The file size of the MP3s on the CD is significantly larger than the same MP3s available on the site as "Low Quality. Making your own audio CDs from the either the High Quality or the MP3s on our CDs will produce a much better finished result than using the MP3s  available for download as Low Quality.  top of page
6. Can I make copies of the recordings and pdfs?
Yes. Please do and pass them on to as many people as possible. We do however have a copyright notice within the site which you should refer to. It also appears on all of our CDs. We would ask that you honour it. top of page
7. Can't you make the high quality MP3s from the CDs available for download?
We now have done! All of the recordings from the CDs are now available to download directly from the site. Please bear in mind though that the file sizes involved are significantly larger than the highly compressed Low Quality versions.  top of page
8. Will other speakers be added to the site?
There are currently no plans to add any more speakers to our list. We have such a huge backlog of material from those speakers already listed that it will be many years before we have all of it digitised. top of page
9. What is a pdf file?
PDF stands for Portable Document Format. This is a universally accepted document format that anyone can use to view documents, irregardless of what program the document was created in. To read a pdf file you will need to have Adobe Acrobat? installed on your pc. If you don't have it you will find a link to it on our pdf page. top of page
10. Why does one message on a tape at New Covenant Tapes cost the same as 27 messages on an MP3 cd?
Both Bible Based and New Covenant Tapes have a policy of non profit operating. Any media sold from the sites are offered for sale at a price which is determined solely by production costs. Because a CD recording costs the same to produce as a cassette tape we get the anomaly of one message costing the same as 27! When you buy a tape or CD you are paying for the media used to publish the message, not for the message itself. top of page
11. How do I make my own transfers from tape to MP3 or CDs?
It is not so difficult a task as you might expect and we would certainly be interested in hosting your results here on the site to share with everyone else! If you are seriously considering doing the process yourself we may suggest you read our booklet "Creating CDs and MP3s from Tape Recordings"? top of page