For archive (Updated on February 17, 2019)
In our younger days, high quality tape recorders (e.g. Ampex) were not easily available. Burma Broadcasting Service (BBS) used Ampex.
Most people use Grundig, Sony, Akai … recorders with mono or stereo heads. The tape reels cover 1200 feet (or so). Two tracks are recorded for mono. Four tracks are recorded for stereo.
Mogok Sayadaw’s dhamma talks were recorded by U Sway Tin (son-in-law of U Than Daing, co-founder of Mogok Yeiktha) and team. Over the years, the devotees have distributed Sayadaw’s talks with (a) tapes (b) cassette tapes (c) CDs & DVDs (d) memory sticks.
Some companies (e.g. SuperHet) distribute dhamma talks with the media (of the era).
For some time, vinyl records were available. Even today, some prefer to build and maintain record players.
Burma Broadcasting Service (BBS) issue “Dat Pya” of selected musicians. Saya U Thet Lwin (former Registrar of RIT) received several Dat Pyas for his musical compositions (e.g. Mya Kyun Nyo Nyo Kun Yeik Kho). He received a remuneration of 100 kyats per “Dat Pya”, and treated his fellow Ah Nu Pyinnya Shins.
Technological advances have made the recording, copying and distribution of music, lectures easy.
Ethics require the acknowledgement of IP (Intellectual Property), Copyright and fair licensing.