It's very prudent to at first least examine a random sampling of whatever
sources from which you'd be working. The condition of each tape (including
the shells of cassette) could significantly affect the amount of time that
would be required and therefore, the costs.
A potential 'gotcha' about open reel tapes is that unless any notation
accompanies them are accurate, the durations could be within a very wide
range. These considerations
determine the durations:
a) diameter of the tape when wound to one of its ends
b) thickness of the tape
c) how many tracks is its format
d) at what speed or speeds was it recorded?
e) what's the actual duration of each recording
If these are ambiguous, then you'd have to clearly convey to the client a
It's typically easier to make these estimates if the sources are cassettes.
On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 5:58 PM, Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I need some advice. I have a small client with an archive of somewhere
> between 500 and 1,000 hours of tapes (Cassettes mostly, if she can't find
> original reels) to digitize, preserve, and master for possible sales, who is
> trying to create a grant proposal for the process. How would I go about
> making up an estimate for local produciton of this? There are not funds to
> have a major company do it, and I have barely talked her up from apprentices
> working at home to using professional engineers for the work, so I'd like to
> get her realistic figures she can present to a prospective funder.
> Any tips or resources would be very welcome!
> I would send her to Richard Hess' website but don't see an estimating
> procedure there...
> Lou Judson
> Intuitive Audio