AMIA: Association of Moving Image Archivists
A wealth of information here. Starting with five excellent articles on disaster recovery.
SPECS Bros. specialize in the decontamination and restoration of audio and videotape.
DOCUMENT REPROCESSORS specialize in the recovery of all types of media.
The link above is to the Audio & Video tape area of their website.
This is the link to the services directory of the membership of the
Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC).
This is a downloadable .pdf file, and you should be able to find someone reasonably
nearby who can help with your family recordings.
This is the Library of Congress Division of Recorded Sound, a wonderful example of our
taxpayer dollars at work. You can spend hours here as the information is almost endless.
Another example of our taxpayer dollars at work is the National Archives.
Here you can learn how to preserve everything from photographs to audio recordings.
Richard Hess is a well known, published authority on the preservation & restoration of all
sorts of magnetic media. His site is a wealth of information. Anyone who makes it through
all of the information available here should receive college credit.
Richard Hess’s Audio Tape Degradation page is here:
Eddie Ciletti is a technical consultant who writes for several publications.
This is his site and it is jam-packed with information.
Check out his writings on audio tape decks and baking tape.
ON-LINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS AND GLOSSARIES
This as the “Artifact Atlas” and used to be hosted by Stanford University. Now it is hosted
. You can look at video artifacts and listen to all manner of Analog and Digital
Here’s an excellent searchable Film Industry glossary provided by Chace Audio.
Chace Audio provides transfer and restoration services for the professional and private
Last, but not least, is Wikipedia, the online searchable encyclopedia.
I have some friends in academia who look down their nose at Wikipedia because
information can be posted here before being peer-reviewed. However, the information
does eventually get peer-reviewed, and the mature technology I’m usually searching for is
already well documented.
SOME PRODUCTS AND SERVICES THAT I USE
Disclaimer: I do not receive any compensation, products or services from any of the
vendors listed or linked here. This also includes elsewhere on this site.
I use them for record and audio tape supplies, but as the name implies, there is much,
I have tried them all (I think) which includes concocting all of the DIY solutions I could find.
The products from The Disc Doctor work as well as anything I have tried and better than
Supplier of everything that has to do with records.
KAB is another supplier of everything that has to do with records including custom
rebuilding of Techniques turntables.
The Last Factory makes products for analog tape as well as records.
Here is a vacuum operated record cleaning machine that uses your wet/dry shopvac, if
you have one. It is very affordable and works surprisingly well. I have my own setup using
this equipment and there are links to this site elsewhere here.
Audio tape supplies.
Audio tape (including MRL test tapes) and record supplies.
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