Field definition and scope:

Field 344 contains technical specifications relating to the encoding of sound in a resource.

Multiple values from the same source vocabulary may be recorded in the same field in separate occurrences of subfields.  Terms from different source vocabularies are recorded in separate occurrences of the field.

Field 344 is repeatable.

Guidelines for applying content designators:

For indicator and subfield code definitions and examples, National-level (NLR) and Minimal-level (MLR) record requirements, and designator repeatability, see table below:

Position

Description

NLR

MLR

Repeatability

Field 344

Sound Characteristics

 

 

R

Indicator:

 

 

 

 

First

Undefined; contains a blank

M

 

 

Second

Undefined; contains a blank

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subfield code:

 

 

 

 

$a

Type of recording

 

 

R

$b

Recording medium

 

 

R

$c

Playing speed

 

 

R

$d

Groove characteristic

 

 

R

$e

Track configuration

 

 

R

$f

Tape configuration

 

 

R

$g

Configuration of playback channels

 

 

R

$h

Special playback characteristics

 

 

R

$0

Authority record control number or standard number

 

 

R

$2

Source

 

 

NR

$3

Materials specified

 

 

NR

$6

Linkage

 

 

NR

$8

Field link and sequence number

 

 

R

Content designator history:

Field 344 - Sound Characteristics  [new, 2011]

Related MARC field or document:

RDA in MARC Bibliographic Data

See also:

3XX  Physical Description, Etc. Fields

Variable Data Fields