I have a question about your preferences with regards to library recordings.
I'm putting together a library of ambiences from recordings I made on a trip to New York.
Most of the recordings have usable sections of around 10-15 minutes but I have one recording which lasts for 1h20m and apart from vocal slating and tone it's all good stuff.
It's of late night traffic along Canal Street (a busy main street) so the recording is of fairly regular peaks and troughs of traffic, with quieter sections having occasional shouts and other sounds you'd associate with a night time ambience.
The question I have is, what would you as a sound editor prefer?
a) The full length recording (topped and tailed of course)?
b) A representative 10-15 minute section?
c) 2 or 3 shorter sections of 5 minutes each?
d) Another option I haven't thought of?
My take is that it's probably best in this case to go with option b) but I'm loath to get rid of so much good material, hence my indecision in this case.
Thanks for your input.