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Sunday, May 08, 2005

Restoring 'Endangered' 50-Year Old Tapes
You probably don't bother to convert an old cassette or a VHS tape to a CD or a DVD. Most of you just buy a new copy -- at least if it's available. But if you're a museum, such as the Field Museum in Chicago, and that you own dozens of hours of invaluable information recorded more than 50 years ago, this is another story.

You want to rescue these 'endangered' recordings. In order to give visitors some insights about over 6,000 artifacts of its permanent Pacific collection, the museum needed to read audio tapes named 'sonobands.' Now, these voices which have been recorded on a state-of-the-art Walkie RecordAll system -- in 1958 -- have been saved to digital format with some creative engineering help.

This overview contains more details and references about this old recording device.
:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 4:13 PM Comments (0)
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