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Re: [ARSCLIST] Digital Audio Preservation Question

At 09:36 PM 2008-04-06, Tom Fine wrote:
I believe there is no good argument that lossy compression is ever a good idea with archival versions of things.

I totally agree on a general basis. For the Lonergan theology lectures that will eventually go up on T-Space, our workflow is this:

--We select the best copy (generally after transferring all copies)
--We then trim it and assemble it into individual lectures (which
may not match the breaks on the tapes)
--We infill pieces from an inferior copy which may be missing from the best copy
--We normalize the file

These are then saved as 44.1/16 WAV files (trust me, the original sources are FAR inferior to 44.1/16.

We then run all sorts of cleaning tools: generally a combination of
--Samplitude FFT filter
--Algorithmix Noise Free Pro
--Samplitude 4-band parametric EQ
--Samplitude Restoration Bundle De-Clicker/De-Crackler
   (don't ask me  how some tapes end up with ticks and pops)

These are saved as 128 kb/s MP3 files

The client wanted both preservation and access copies, didn't want to pay for two sets of WAV files, and didn't really want unprocessed copies, but when I got into it, and found out how bad the tapes are, we agreed to this.

IF we do advanced fixing, such as Plangent Process -- which I'm trying to get budget for -- then that output will be stored as a WAV as well. The one-minute demo makes a huge difference. In the case of the demo I put up for all to listen to, it's not perfect, but it makes it listenable.

There are all sorts of tradeoffs. In this case, the WAV files are estimated at 500 GB and the MP3 files at about 70 GB--probably +/- 30%.



Richard L. Hess email: richard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.

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