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Re: [ARSCLIST] Fw: [ARSCLIST] Vinegar syndrome audio tapes
Tom Fine wrote:
Despite optimistic statements and predictions, I think ALL content of
importance on analog reel to reel tape should be transferred to a
managed digital archive system in the next couple of decades.
All well and good - but how? If one's standards are lowered to redbook
format, then it can be made practical. Find volunteers or low-cost
employees, provide each with a competent but economical tape deck and a
standalone recorder. (One is tempted to let one person monitor several
such stations, but that fails when the recording is longer than a single
That will not lead to 96/24 masters with optimized alignment and all the
other properties we wish we could achieve. Undoubtedly, after the
transfers have been assessed, it will be clear that some should have
been transferred with the bells and whistles - just as it will be
evident that some were not worth doing in the first place.
It will, however, yield a much higher transfer rate.
Done that way, one might estimate cost at ~$10 per hour. Does anyone
have a figure on archival transfer?