Throughout the collection of lectures and conversations in the lectures indexes, discrepancies sometimes occur between the preface in the audio file and the title of the transcript found in the Vedabase viz sometimes the date or the location is different. The information found in the Vedabase will always supersede. Also, the written text does not necessarily start where the audio file starts and many endings are missing. Here is the explanation. The files in the commercially distributed tapes were made out of pre-determined format (30-60-90 minutes)cassette tapes. Unfortunately, there were sometimes a few words that couldn't fit in and they were cut off.
The situation gradually being corrected with the arrival of the Original Audio &Transcripts. Here is an excerpt from the Bhaktivedanta Archives blog to explain the value of these files:
The new Bhaktivedanta VedaBase® 2014.1 update has a new layout. The current transcriptions have been arranged chronologically and are sub-divided by year. The 1977-76-75-74 transcriptions have been reverified against the original audio and have been released.. Also, 230+ new transcriptions have been added under the Heading, “Fidelity Check Pending”. These files still need to be checked for accuracy but have been included to show the completed transcriptions from all the audio on file in the Archives. These 230+ files will eventually be folded into the main body of the NFO (VedaBase® database) once the fidelity-checking is completed. In previous updates, and in this 2014.1 update, spelling errors, omitted or incorrect words and dates will continue to be addressed. For those who already own the “Folio” Bhaktivedanta VedaBase® software version 2004 there is no charge for this update nor will there be for any future NFO (only) (Bhaktivedanta VedaBase® database) releases.
In addition to the Bhaktivedanta VedaBase® 2014.1 update, you can also obtain an “Archival copy” of the original 1977-76-75-74 audio (MP3). Krishna.com will make these audio files available on a flash-drive along with PDF transcription texts that also contain imbedded audio for a nominal fee plus shipping and handling. Prabhupadavani.org will host streaming audio for on-line listening along with transcription texts. The 1977-76-75-74 audio files can also be downloaded individually. There is no cost to download these single files. Our next release will be the year 1973 and so on until 1966.
What is an “Archival Copy”?
The MP3 “Archival copy” is a direct facsimile of the original recording with very minor, if any, audio quality enhancements that may remove or reduce artificially induced sounds such as 50-60Hz hum, excessive tape hiss, and in extreme cases, the raising of volumes for those recordings made at very low levels. These ARE NOT sonically cleaned up, edited and packaged “for sale” recordings like the previous Ministry releases, but reflect the “as is” nature of the both good and poor original recordings.
Digital files are useless if they cannot be accessed now and in the future. Therefore, in order for the general devotee community to act as a backup for this audio (secondary preservation), the digital files must be in a common format. MP3 is the most universal consumer-compressed format which is easily readable. The original lossless WAV (broadcast) files, along with the cassette and reels, will always remain at the Bhaktivedanta Archives as the source of reference.
Why not “cleaned up” recordings?
An Archival recording is an original copy or closest copy as possible to the original. As an Archive, the Bhaktivedanta Archives’ responsibility is to preserve these original recordings so the integrity and provenance of the original can be retained. If a recording is very poor, the Archival primary recording will remain very poor. This assures the integrity of the actual recording without subsequent changes–now and in the future. The 1977 MP3 files are taken directly from these “as is” files and are, in a few cases, slightly enhanced so you can follow along with the Bhaktivedanta VedaBase® text.
In accepting these free MP3 Archival secondary files, we request that you not alter the files in anyway, either with editing the content, length of time or sonically. They must remain "as is" from the Bhaktivedanta Archives, thus maintaining the provenance, integrity and legacy of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
We at the Bhaktivedanta Archives look forward to sharing more MP3 audio and Bhaktivedanta VedaBase® updates in the near future.
By the way, here is the Bhativedanta Vedabase online . Please see the full list of contents of this great opus that you can purchase for a very reasonable price from Krishna.com. For anyone who is serious about studying the teachings of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, the Bhaktivedanta Vedabase is an inexhaustible treasure of resources.