I work with spoken word/oral histories all the time, and it is my
recommendation that to make a digitized preservation copy/master, that it is
done in real-time. I work with both reel-to-reel and cassettes, with speeds
ranging from 15/16ths to 15ips.
I believe there is a requirement to get the best quality from spoken word
recordings. In fact, in terms of preservation work, real-time is the only
way to go. I'm sorry, it may take longer, but it is worth it.
Sound Archivist/Audio Engineer
The Center For Oral History & Cultural Heritage
The University Of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5175
Hattiesburg, MS, 39401-406
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] 1/4" audio tape digitizing
I am working with two libraries to digitize their audio content. The audio
is now in quarter inch tape format for the most part.
I understand that, for spoken word recordings where absolute top quality is
not a requirement but digitization is, that there are 1/4" machines that
at higher than normal speed, making the process of transferring a great
tapes more cost-effective and less time-consuming. Could anyone recommend
what these machines might be and how much time they save.
I would also love help and a recommendation regarding the best
to work with if I have to outsource much of this work.