AMIA: Association of Moving Image Archivists
SPECS Bros. specialize in the decontamination and restoration of audio and
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.
Eddie Ciletti is a technical consultant who writes for MIX Magazine.
This is his site and it is jam-packed with information.
Check out his writings on audio tape decks and baking tape.
Here are some online audio engineering-related articles by Rane Corporation.
The JISC Digital Media website is courtesy of the University of Bristol, Institute for Learning
and Research Technology, UK. There is everything here, from Audio to Moving & Still Image
preservation to Digital Media advice.
ON-LINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS AND GLOSSARIES
This as the “Artifact Atlas” and used to be hosted by Stanford University. Now it is hosted by
Github. You can look at video artifacts and listen to all manner of Analog and Digital Audio
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.
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 have tried them all (I think). This 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.
Jerry Raskins Needle Doctor is another supplier of everything that has to do with records
and has been around for awhile.
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 plan to write an article about it.
This is my Son Weston, an accomplished classical guitarist.
He not only gives music lessons to anyone in the Los Angeles (U.S.A.) area,
but gives great advice to anyone who asks, from anywhere.
© 2012 Corey Bailey