The filing system needs to be consistent and logical. I use a terabyte hard
drive to store my 'working files' i.e. - if I have existing work by an
artist, it then has a SKU number. I use that number E:\Working\016 Amelita
Galli-Curci . If it is not in a current or past project I would store in
E:\Working\Opera\Soprano\Galli-Curci Amelita\ then the audio. If I have
done a final edit with my current Hi-def process I add a code (HD) to know
that I can use that audio at any time and know that it is ready to go. Caro
Nome-ELECTRIC-HD would then tell me that it is not the acoustical version. I
also use take numbers in the title.
E:\Working\Classical Instrumental\Piano\Samaroff Olga keeps reliance on
my memory to a minimum.
Sometimes these files sit for years until I use them so the codes remove
second-guessing . - Mickey Clark
710 Westminster Avenue West
From: Lou Judson
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9:12 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Archiving audio help.
Hi all ARSC-listers. I am on this list as part of my work is transferring
audio tapes for occasional clients. I am not an archvist or a library
person. I’ve been an audio engineer for over 50 years in various capacities.
Since 1973 I have been engineer for a radio nonprofit that does interviews
for public radio (and now podcasts which is “the new radio”). I post-produce
an hour-long program each week, and restore from tapes our old programs for
continuing distribution. The interviews are good and document the progress
of the cultural institutions known as the consciousness movement, science
and social changes here in California. We consider them documentary material
of a niche of humanity in the process of discovering itself.
One of our team has taken it upon himself to be the archivist and manager of
the library of thousands of hours of programs. He is a brilliant person,
perhaps too much so, and keeps devising various ways of organizing the audio
archives so they can be preserved and accessed for “retail” and podcast
distribution. He has found many ways to origanize it, and keeps changing it
according to his latest bright idea. I get confused trying to keep up with
the latest scheme and file organization. We keep adding material from tapes
that has never been digital before. We have abnout 1500 hours now and there
may be 3 to 4 thousand hours in toto.
Many of you are professionals at this, and I know there must be standardized
methods of organizing audio files that don’t need to be reinvented
How can I find out what these methods are, and suggest to him how to keep
the audio archives we have organized and accessible to future generations?
We are both around 70 and going to school for library science is not an
option. Online links would be fine, and/or personal knowledge from some of
you would be valuable!
Thanks for any pointers and suggestions!