Some on this list may recall a feature on All Things Considered where I was
quoted as suggesting that everything be saved to 78s. LOC was reported to
be in the midst of reformating its lastest CD arrivals at the time of
broadcast. Which was April 1.
It's in one of their boxes. On CD, darn it!
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From: "Bob Olhsson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2007 11:04 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Mass Digitization
> -----Original Message-----
> From David Lennick: "... I pulled one out last night because I needed one
> track that I'd transferred in
> 1996..on a used tape that was 5 years old THEN. It played perfectly. The
> was a Maxell R120DM..."
> The quality of new DAT tape stock, other than that manufactured by Fuji,
> went completely to hell during the late '90s. Another problem with metal
> particle tape is that, according to a former 3M engineer who used to post
> the Pro Audio list, the stuff self-erases over time.
> The good news about digital is the possibility of cloning. The bad news is
> that virtually all of the media is significantly less stable and reliable
> than analog technology. We can still play a lot of Edison's early
> recordings. We can't play a lot of digital recordings. Nobody talks about
> this issue because you can't earn any patent income from most analog
> Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville TN
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