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Re: [AV Media Matters] Digitizing Audio and Video-ReallyBigPost

Jim/ Jim-

I am a member of a NARAS P&E Wing committee here in Nashville that just
completed a document that deals with delivery requirements of multitrack
masters for record labels.  It will be available for viewing and
very shortly at grammy.com, and you will begin to hear the PR machine
up with press releases and articles in the next 60-90 days.

As you well know, in the recording studio there is a proliferation of
media and formats.  The document points (correctly, I believe) to the
for long-term storage "best practices" that closely align themselves
the Enterprise IT world (Fortune 500, etc.).

There are only 3 recommended storage media for "long-term", and those
LTO, DLT, and AIT.  Of course, this makes the supposition that there
will be
ongoing migration cycles for this data.  I tend to lean towards LTO
the technology is multi-vendor (Seagate, HP, IBM), but each of them have
their compelling marketing arguments.

I cannot agree strongly enough with this thread that "it's all about the
data".  Recordings that are "born digital" simply have to be thought
in a completely different manner than ever before.

The committee believes strongly in technology such as the coming flavors
DVD and HDD, and will meet semi-annually to update the document.  For
another format to be added, it would have to show the ability to be used
(and have a large installed base in) Enterprise IT departments.

If anyone would like it, I'll post the link to the document when I get
(probably tomorrow).  It's only been 2 years in the making!

John Spencer
Bridge Media Solutions, Inc.

> From: alyssa@musicnorth.com
> Reply-To: AV-Media-Matters@topica.com
> Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 11:37:31 -0400
> To: AV Media Matters <AV-Media-Matters@topica.com>
> Subject: Re: [AV Media Matters] Digitizing Audio and
> Hi Jim,
> AIT over DLT was suggested to me by the Eastern Canada sales rep. at
> Lacie, who seems to think it is more reliable than DLT. When (if) it
> comes down to my spending the $1000 for the drive, I will look into
> this more thoroughly. But basically, seems some kind of data tape is
> what I am leaning toward.
> I guess I'm leaning toward tape, because I just don't see other
> presented to me that I would trust. Mind you, I have heard that MO is
> very reliable, but I can't seem to get too much information on it
> days; though there seems to be a new MO format coming out with a
> capacity (Ultra Density Optical - UDO). Also, the question will be,
> will MO be so marginally used that hardware and media will be an issue
> - and when?
> What it boils down to for me is:
> I don't trust CDs. I have had too many problems with them over the
> years. I also just had a stint at the National Library of Canada
> transferring their CD collection (one offs; some of the Gould material
> that had been previously transferred from tape, etc.) onto hard disk
> (server), and that only reinforced my views on CDs being indeed
> enticingly shiny creatures, but not ones I trust. I admit that I
> haven't _yet_ had problems [that I have found] with my personal
> collection of the HHB Golds. I especially don't like that the surface
> is exposed on CDs - maybe that Blu-ray will improve the matter, but I
> am still skeptical, and remain to be convinced.
> Leaving things on a hard drive stored away doesn't seem to be
> considered desirable either.
> So where does that leave me? Back to tape. I have had a miserable time
> over the years with drop outs on DATs, so I admit I am still nervous
> about data tapes. That's where my friend came in, who has restored
> many data tapes over the years with audio on them. He told me he
> recently pulled some audio that had been sitting on a tape for 10
> without a hitch. One person does not a trend make, but my colleague
> a huge library of original sound effects, that have been collected
> the past 25+/- years, and are constantly drawn upon.
> Plus the computer industry in general seems to find tape backup their
> media of choice, and speaking with IT friends of mine, their thoughts
> also consistently point toward tape.
> I guess what it comes down to for me is that none of it seems like a
> good idea. How about a chisel and a rock with some 0's and 1's?
> Best,
> Alyssa.
> On Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at 10:29  AM, Jim Wheeler wrote:
>> Alyssa
>> I am interested in knowing why you chose AIT over LTO?
>> Just because you know of someone who has had success or failure with
>> particular media/format, does not directly translate to that being a
>> good
>> media/format.  There are too many variables in the equation.
>> Backcoated tapes do not require exercising.
>> Jim Wheeler

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