The real efficient way is to call up Richard Hess. This is the kind of cassette job he's set up to
do. Trying to do 1000+ cassettes yourself, unless you are an expert with lots of half-decent audio
gear at your disposal, is a fool's errand.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Paul Stamler" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2013 1:51 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Digitizing 10,000+ audio cassettes
> On 2/20/2013 5:52 PM, Nigel Champion wrote:
>> G'day Joel
>> An efficient way to do this is with parallel capture: multiple cassette decks playing into a
>> multi-track card (or cards). I strongly recommend something like the RME MultiFace II or
>> FireFace as their DigiCheck utility captures multiple tracks quickly and efficiently.
>> Currently, I'm using three M-Audio Delta 44 cards to capture mono audio from 12 VHS tapes
>> simultaneously. Using Audition in multi-track mode, the WAV files are created on-the-fly with no
>> saving time required at the end of the capture. Unfortunately, the timed-record mode isn't
>> available for multi-track capture in Audition - a script had to be written. With 3,500 tapes and
>> 6 hours of audio on each one, I'm capturing 24 tapes (144 hours) per day.
>> Of course, there will be the big task at some point of cropping silences from each end but at
>> least the material is captured and accessible!
> I agree with Nigel; the efficient way to record these tapes is to get several cassette decks and
> record multi-track, then export the various tracks as individual files. I don't think a high-speed
> deck will get you good results (even if you could find one) -- you'd need to sample at a very high
> sample-rate then slow each pair of tracks down in software. You'd almost certainly lose a lot of
> quality in the process, and it'd probably be faster and higher quality to go the multiple-deck
> route. Now all you need is to find several good cassette decks and a multi-track interface; in
> addition to the RME, there are units available from MOTU.
> This labor of love may wind up costing you a good deal of money as well as time.