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Re: [GRAYMAIL] Re: [ARSCLIST] Digitizing 10,000+ audio cassettes

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Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>

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Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:30:28 -0500

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One thing to check right away -- are the radio shows already digitized? Many OTR shows, for 
instance, are digitized and sold in box sets by Radio Spirits. If your time is worth anything, it's 
cheaper to buy the CD box sets. If you don't mind low-quality MP3, OTRCat and other online sellers 
are even cheaper.

If it's more contemporary off-air recording, is there any wider interest in the radio-fan community. 
There are some pretty rabid radio aircheck tape collectors out there, and you may get help from 
them.

Otherwise, I would say approach this from two angles -- low-fidelity material and high-fidelity 
material. The lofi stuff can be treated differently, for instance high-speed dubbing, summing to 
mono, etc. The hifi stuff should be treated with more care, make sure your results sound as good as 
the original recording.

I'm interested in what you end up doing. One of those very low-priority projects I've had out there 
as a possibility is transferring audio of all of my company's conferences from before we started 
making digital recordings. It's all on cassettes, hundreds of them. No one here has the appetite for 
it, because there's no commercial market for it. If there were some way where I could just 
periodically feed a maw and everything was automated, I might do it, but I know from scanning 
documents that it's never as simple as promised and it always take a lot of time if you want usable 
results.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Joel Alperson" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2013 1:59 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] [GRAYMAIL] Re: [ARSCLIST] Digitizing 10,000+ audio cassettes


Hi Tom,

Everyone is off the hook. I can clearly say that I've been fairly warned
about this project. : )

These are spoken word recordings. Radio shows and lectures mostly.

Just to be clear, it's not 1,000+ cassettes but rather 10,000+
cassettes.

I think I can hear the sounds of hands slapping foreheads from here.

Joel

-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tom Fine
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2013 12:35 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [GRAYMAIL] Re: [ARSCLIST] Digitizing 10,000+ audio cassettes

Hi Joel:

This reminds me of the beginning to my favorite "reality show" on TV,
"Swamp People." In the opening montage, one of the alligator hunters is
voiced-over saying, "if you think you can come out here and do this,
good luck to ya."

1000+ cassettes is a huge undertaking and yes you should expect that it
1000+ will take years. Can you
tell us more about the contents? Is it spoken-word? Music? High-fidelity
recordings? Audio transcriptions (for instance recordings of court
proceding, or conferene presentation recordings)?
Field recordings (ie oral histories, amateur/family recordings)? If we
knew more about the contents, we could probably give better advice.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joel Alperson" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2013 1:10 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Digitizing 10,000+ audio cassettes


What tremendous replies both in content and variety.

Thanks to everyone for your comments.

As to labor of love first, this material does not exist anywhere else.

These tapes in most cases are the only recordings which exist.

The reasons for digitizing are, one to preserve them as some are over 30
years old. Two, to more easily listen to search through them. And
finally, to ultimately digitally transcribe to text the recordings at
some time in the future, although that's a far less important goal for
now.

It seems to me that using an outside service would be tremendously
expensive, certainly well into five figures if not more.

And I have the advantage of not having a hard deadline for this work
meaning if the job takes me several years to complete that is far better
than leaving the tapes to deteriorate without preservation.

For now, deleting silence at the beginning or end of the recordings is
not critical. Just getting the material digitized is my priority.

I currently have an M-Audio Ultra Lite Mk3 audio interface.

The big questions for me then (I think) are what software to use and
some step-by-step instructions as to how I connect several audio
cassette recorders to the audio interface and on operating the software
I would use.

I'm sure there are questions I don't even know to ask.

So let me just say one more time, thanks to everyone.

What a great community you have here.

Joel

-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Don Cox
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:07 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [GRAYMAIL] Re: [ARSCLIST] Digitizing 10,000+ audio cassettes

On 21/02/2013, Randy A. Riddle wrote:

> I'll ask a very simple question: Why does all of it have to be
> digitized?
>
Especially as the cassettes will probably be easier to preserve than
digital copies.

> I'd start with a triage process to prioritize the material.
>
> There's a point when you have to look at something and determine if
> the material - or significant parts of the material - are worth
> saving.  If you're really doing this as a "labor of love", you will
> likely find out that the love affair will end when you consider the
> time and cost involved.
>
> Archivists and collectors have to make these decisions all of the
> time.  I would consider getting advice from a professional with some
> familiarity with the material to see if making it available for
> researchers at some point is going to be really useful or just
> marginally "nice to have".  It might be that the content is available
> in other forms or is similar to something already being archived and
> not as useful as something unique.
>

Regards
--
Don Cox
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