The purpose of this site is to raise awareness about 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
home video tapes. They are
deteriorating over time. Some of it may not be playable now. Not only is
magnetic media degrading, but the equipment and expertise needed to
retrieve those ageing recordings is becoming increasingly more difficult to
Still and moving pictures which exist on film (including negatives) can
last considerably longer than your magnetic media when properly stored,
but they should be inspected periodically and eventually migrated to the
digital realm as well.
Yes, I do specialize in saving and restoring your old family audio
recordings, including private collections and public institutions.
I don’t use the term “We” because I’m it. I’m the one you talk to and the
one who does the work, one job at a time. I do this part time. I don’t
make a living at it. Basically, I restore old family recordings for love, not
I have been a professional Audio Engineer for 40+ years.
I have specialized in the restoration and archival of every aspect of audio
recordings for the last 22 years. I felt it was time to share some of my
knowledge and experience with those who can use it most.
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 closer to you.
Rather than go into a lengthy list of equipment, let me simply say that I
can play just about every consumer format used for the last 100 years or
If you have an old analogue family recording, chances are I can transfer
and restore it for you. This also includes some of the more recent but
obsolete digital audio formats such as DAT, Mini-disc and Sony F-1.
I also maintain a couple of legacy PC’s which allows me to recover data
from several obsolete formats including 5-1/4” floppies, Jazz, Zip and
About this site
This site is more informational than promotional. After the ‘About Me’ and
‘How I Do It’ (methods and services) pages, I get into the
pages, where I write more in-depth about what it takes to
enjoy and digitally transfer records and tapes in the event you want to
get involved at the hobby level. There is information about managing your
digital data plus other informative stuff about digital file formats. The
page is designed to help you get help, find a vendor, or learn more
about what you may have. Finally, I have put together some simple
that are specific to records, tapes, and some general audio
It is the Glossaries, Links and Useful Information pages that are ever
So stop by once in awhile for a visit.
© 2012 Corey Bailey
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