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Bravo, Marie!  Those to whom spoken word is import deserve the same 
engineering quality and respect as does the work for those of us who are 
music-obsessed.

Steve Smolian



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marie O'Connell" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, February 13, 2006 10:31 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] 1/4" audio tape digitizing


>I work with spoken word/oral histories all the time, and it is my
> recommendation that to make a digitized preservation copy/master, that it 
> is
> done in real-time.  I work with both reel-to-reel and cassettes, with 
> speeds
> ranging from 15/16ths to 15ips.
>
> I believe there is a requirement to get the best quality from spoken word
> recordings.  In fact, in terms of preservation work, real-time is the only
> way to go.  I'm sorry, it may take longer, but it is worth it.
>
> Cheers
>
> Marie O'Connell
> Sound Archivist/Audio Engineer
> The Center For Oral History & Cultural Heritage
> The University Of Southern Mississippi
> 118 College Drive #5175
> Hattiesburg, MS, 39401-406
> Ph: 601-266-6514
> Fax: 601-266-6217
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2006 11:22 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] 1/4" audio tape digitizing
>
> I am working with two libraries to digitize their audio content.  The 
> audio
>
> is now in quarter inch tape format for the most part.
>
> I understand that, for spoken word recordings where absolute top quality 
> is
>
> not a requirement but digitization is, that there are 1/4" machines that
> play
> at  higher than normal speed, making the process of transferring a great
> many
> tapes  more cost-effective and less time-consuming.  Could anyone 
> recommend
> what  these machines might be and how much time they save.
>
> I would also love help and a recommendation regarding the best
> organizations
> to work with if I have to outsource much of this work.
>
> Thank you,
> David Hoffman
> _www.thehoffmancollection.com_ (http://www.thehoffmancollection.com)
>
>
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