At 02:12 PM 2/18/2006, Mike Richter wrote:
>Except for incommensurate lengths, the standalone CD recorder is an
>ideal stopgap solution to this problem. I suggest regarding such a
>capture as a backstop or an emergency solution, not as preservation
>with all of the options one might find ideal. The process is
>essentially mindless (suitable for undergraduate slave labor) and is
>limited only by real-time transfer and number of concurrent
>transfers budget and space will support. It is not ideal, but it is efficient.
>In short, it is "some kind of transfer" and is good not only for
>providing "some kind of access" but an easy and essentially
>risk-free way to search for content of interest. (Searching
>cassettes is the best way to destroy them.)
One of the easiest things to do was to hook up a player to two or
three Sony CDR-W33 CD recorders. The IR remote control would 99% of
the time drop track marks on all machines at the same time.
Double jewel cases and two discs solve the problem of C90s.
Sharon Owen and a team of volunteers at Cal State Fullerton Center
for Oral and Public History set up two or three Dragon-to-CDR-W33 and
two Studer A807-to-CDR-W33 work stations. I leased them the Studers,
I ended up taking a Dragon in trade for one of the Studers. I think
they also had several consumer machines they'd use for 1/4-track tapes.
There were somewhere around 7000-8000 elements that got CD'd. I think
they did pairs and then cloned one of the CD masters for an access
copy. I think it was around 4-5000 reels and 2-3000 cassettes.
This was a real success story as the tapes were stored in a bad
environment and they were exhibiting binder breakdown without being sticky.
Audio Restoration Seminar: MAY 9-12, 2006; details at Web site.
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Vignettes Media web: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/
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