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, digital audio that is on magnetic media 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 are magnetic recordings that 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’m 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.
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