The purpose of this site is to raise awareness about the need to archive audio
and video recordings which contain your family history.
Of prime importance is everything on magnetic media, such as audio cassettes,
reel-to-reel audio tapes, and all home video tapes. They are deteriorating over
time. Some of it may not be playable now. Not only is magnetic media degrading,
but the equipment and expertise needed to retrieve those ageing recordings is
becoming increasingly more difficult to find.
Still and moving pictures which exist on film (including negatives) can last
considerably longer than your magnetic media when properly stored, but they
should be inspected periodically and eventually migrated to the digital realm as
Yes, I do specialize in saving and restoring your old family audio recordings,
including private collections and public institutions.
I don’t use the term “We” because I’m it. I’m the one you talk to and the one who
does the work, one job at a time. I do this part time. I don’t make a living at it.
Basically, I restore old family recordings for love, not money.
I have been a professional Audio Engineer for 40+ years.
I have specialized in the restoration and archival of every aspect of audio
recordings for the last 22 years. I felt it was time to share some of my knowledge
and experience with those who can use it most.
Please check out the
page for links to those who provide transfer and
restoration services throughout the US and Canada if you would like to find a
vendor that is geographically closer to you.
Rather than go into a lengthy list of equipment, let me simply say that I can play
just about every consumer format used for the last 100 years or so.
If you have an old analogue family recording, chances are I can transfer and
restore it for you. This also includes some of the more recent but obsolete digital
audio formats such as DAT, Mini-disc and Sony F-1.
I also maintain a couple of legacy PC’s which allows me to recover data from
several obsolete formats including 5-1/4” floppies, Jazz, Zip and several others.
About this site
This site is more informational than promotional. After the ‘About Me’ and ‘How I
Do It’ (methods and services) pages, I get into the
where I write more in-depth about what it takes to enjoy and digitally transfer
records and tapes in the event you want to get involved at the hobby level. There
is information about managing your digital data plus other informative stuff about
digital file formats. The
page is designed to help you get help, find a vendor,
or learn more about what you may have. Finally, I have put together some simple
that are specific to records, tapes, and some general audio
It is the Glossaries, Links and Useful Information pages that are ever changing.
So stop by once in awhile for a visit.
© 2012 Corey Bailey
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