Character position definition and scope:

A one-character alphabetic code indicates how the sound was originally captured and stored.  Re-releases of recordings should be coded for the original capture and storage technique, even though such re-releases may have been enhanced using another technique.  A fill character ( | ) is used when no attempt has been made to code this position.

Record requirements for National-level and Minimal-level records:  Optional.

Guidelines for applying content designators:




Acoustical capture, direct storage


Direct storage, not acoustical


Digital storage


Analog electrical storage




Other  A capture and storage technique for which none of the other defined codes is appropriate.


No attempt to code

Content designator history:

Prior to the definition of this character position in 1987, capture and storage information was contained in 007/04 (Kind of sound) along with configuration.  When 007/13 was defined, 007/04 was redefined as Configuration of playback channels and the /04 codes that were not descriptive of that characteristic were made obsolete.  See the Content Designator History section for 007/04 for the obsolete codes.

Related MARC field or document:

007/12 Sound recording:  Special playback characteristics

To return, select:

007:  Sound recording

007  Physical Description Fixed Field