Open Reel and Cassette Digitization Systems How did we become involved?
Informal request for hardware advice This List Audio Cassette Digitization System Hardware Checklist. Laptop,Dell Precision - M6600 Speakers (2), M-Audio - BX5a Deluxe Headphones,Beyer Dynamic – DT990PRO Rugged Case - contains: Cassette PlayerTascam - 202mkv Analog to Digital Audio ConverterAvid - MBOX 3 Power ConditionerArtproaudio - SP4X4 Pro CablesVarious - Labelled 1 – 8 1 - 2 TRS to XLR (MBOX to Speakers) 3 - 4 Power – Speakers 5 USB – MBOX to Laptop 6 Power – Laptop 7 - 8 – RCA to TRS – Connections inside the case
Cassette System - Hard Choices No real boundaries on hardware choices. –Budget undefined –New or Used Cassette Player? –OS undefined Windows or Mac? –Form factor undefined Desktop or Laptop? –Digitization hardware dependent on above answers No piece of hardware that choices could cascade from.
Guiding Principles Equipment must be of sufficient quality to digitize accurately and consistently. Cheapest hardware comes with hidden costs –Maintenance Most expensive hardware might not be maintainable over the long run –Not only more expensive to buy – more expensive to repair Used equipment equals higher likelihood of breaking and more complexity in servicing.
Cassette player Used is out –As system must travel maintenance must be simplified Tascam 202-MKV –Designed for durability –Best available specifications new
Platform and Operating System Laptop over desktop –Ease of transport (fewer components) Which laptop? Depends upon –Screen size –OS –Specifications (processing speed) –Input/Output Ports –Compatibility with analog to digital converter Dell Precision - M6600
Analog to Digital Audio Converter Support at least 24bit 96kHz recording Input GAIN control Durable Intuitive Controls on front Connectors in back AVID - MBOX 3
Other Components Quality Speakers Quality Headphones Power Conditioner Rugged Case
Open Reel System Formal Partnership between FNTC, MOA Archives and MOA OHLL National Archives Development Program Grant funded project –FNTC purchased digitization equipment –MOA Archives provides cash requirement for digitization intern Deliverables –Approximately 80 reels from the MOA Archives to be digitized –Equipment specific digitization manual to be developed for use in communities.
MOA Project Participants Ann Stevenson, MOA Information manager –Primary Author of Collections Assessment, metadata portions of manual. Katie Marshall, Information Dept. Work Study (SLAIS) –Procedure testing, Author, Research, Illustrations X ̱ elsílem (Dustin) Rivers –Digitization Intern – Open Reel project Gerry Lawson, Coordinator MOA OHLL –Stuff Krisztina Laszlo – MOA Archivist –NADP Open Reel project administrator