If, after reading this page, you still need help using the ARC site, or if you have any questions or comments about the site, don't hesitate to email the webmaster, Nick Doty, at npdoty at amherst dot edu and he'll try to get back to you right away.

Using This Site

The Amherst Recording Council website is a dynamically generated website based on our database of audio recordings. This allows the site to be large and searchable without extensive maintenance, but it can at times be confusing. Read on for explanations and advice. For the most part, these comments will explain features of the Recording List page which gives a full list of all of our recorded events.

Where Are The Recordings?

Clicking on a title on the Recording List page will show you all the files associated with that event (clicking again will collapse the row). This includes the relevant audio files and also any transcripts or other related files. 'Expand All' and 'Collapse All' will, respectively, open or close the extra information of all of the shown events at once. Clicking on "more..." will take you to a separate page for that event which includes all the information we have about it.


Clicking on 'Search' will allow you to specify certain characteristics to limit the number of events listed. Use the 'Add More Fields' button to search by multiple characteristics at once. Note that some browsers (like Safari) don't correctly handle removing fields. If you want to search with fewer terms using one of these afflicted browsers, click on the Recording List graphic in the top left corner to remove all filters.

Listening to the Recordings

All audio on this site is downloadable, and therefore does not require any streaming software. In most browsers, just click on the audio link and your browser or operating system will begin playing the file. If that doesn't work, or if you'd like to be sure to save it so that you can listen to it later, right click on the link (Ctrl-click for Mac users) and then click "Save Target As..." or "Download Linked File As..." or something similar depending on your platform and browser. If you aren't able to listen to a recording after it's downloaded, you may need to download an audio player. Check out Quicktime or RealOne Player which can both play MP3 files.

File Sizes and Quality

All audio links include the length and size of the file. If you have a low bandwidth connection (a dial-up modem, for example), it's usually better to only attempt download of smaller files (usually there will be a low or medium quality version of each recording). A 5MB file usually takes 20 minutes to download with a 56k modem. If you're on the Amherst campus, or have a high-speed internet connection, it should be no problem to quickly download the high quality recordings.