The purpose of this site is to raise awareness of 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 video tapes. They are deteriorating over time.
Some of it may not be playable now. Not only is the magnetic media degrading,
but the equipment and expertise needed to retrieve those aging recordings is
becoming increasingly more difficult to find.
Still and moving pictures which exist on photographic film (including negatives)
can last considerably longer than your magnetic media when properly stored.
However, they should be inspected periodically and eventually migrated to the
digital realm as well.
Wire recordings have an unknown life expectancy. The recording medium was
very fine stainless steel wire. I have played wire recordings made in the 1940’s
and they played just fine. I can’t say the same for audio tapes from the mid
1970’s to the mid 1990’s. So, while wire recordings are indeed magnetic
recordings, the lifespan appears to differ greatly from those recordings made on
audio tape. That said, I would also suggest migrating those wire recordings to
the digital realm as soon as possible.
I have been a professional Audio Engineer for 45+ years.
I have specialized in the restoration and archival of every aspect of audio
recordings for the last 25 years. I felt it was time to share some of my knowledge
I am no longer accepting new customers. However, I will continue to provide
services for all of those whom I have worked with over the years.
To all of those that I have done work for over the years…….
I have retained digital copies (Unless instructed otherwise) of all of the transfer
and restoration work that I have done for everyone. So, if you need anything,
please contact me.
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 close to you.
About this site
This site is mostly informational. Any opinions expressed are strictly mine.
Although this site is copyrighted, you are welcome to any information that is
available here if you contact me. The
pages are where I write more in-
depth about what it takes to enjoy and digitally transfer records and tapes plus
articles on several subjects. There is information about managing your collection
plus other informative stuff about digital file formats. The Links page is designed
to help you with disaster recovery, find a vendor, learn more about archival and
restoration, or the media you may have. There are also links to products and
services at the end of many of the articles.
Finally, I have put together some simple
that are specific to records,
tapes, the digital domain and some general audio terminology.
It is the Articles, Glossaries and Links pages that are always changing
by once in awhile for a visit.
© Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
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