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Steven Smolian wrote:

> 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

One of these years I'm going to have to deal with thousands of tapes my dad
recorded off radio and TV between 1959 and 1996..much of it dross, but a lot of
it containing audio from programs that probably aren't archived anywhere
(variety, talk, interviews, panel shows) and I can assure you that he recorded
at the slowest speed possible on whatever machine he was using. Much of it was
on a Philips at 15/16 ips. Aaaaargh.

dl

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>
> ----- 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-----
> > From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> > [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of [log in to unmask]
> > 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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