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AES Show Looks at Restoration and Archiving

Special archiving and restoration track arms to raise awareness of these skills and needs

Next week’s Audio Engineering Society convention in New York, Oct. 17–20, has a dedicated Archiving and Restoration Track for sessions. Included in the group are how-to tutorials and workshops, some historical project recaps and overviews along with many sessions devoted to the National Recording Preservation Plan.

“National Recording Preservation Plan: Best Practices for Creating and Preserving Born-Digital Audio Files,” Oct. 18, 9–10:30 a.m.; “National Recording Preservation Plan: Audio System Performance Testing,” 10:45–11:45 a.m.; and “National Recording Preservation Plan: Preservation Planning,” 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. are Friday’s National Recording Preservation Plan sessions.

The session descriptions at the website have the details of these sessions.

Sunday, Oct. 20, also has several sessions: “National Recording Preservation Plan: Audio Preservation/Archiving: New Technologies and Access Issues,” 9–10 a.m.; “National Recording Preservation Plan: Audio Preservation/Archiving: Documentation of Preservation Techniques for Archival Formats,” 10–11 a.m.; and “National Recording Preservation Plan: Audio Preservation/Archiving: Disc Playback Stylus Selection,” 11 a.m.–noon.

“A Tribute to Ray Dolby,” will be held on Oct. 18, 1–1:45 p.m. Millennia Media’s LaGrou will deliver a lunchtime keynote on “Studio of the Future: 2020–2050,” Oct. 20, starting at 12:30 p.m.

Fun-sounding sessions include: “Help! I Have a Tape Recorder!—Restoration and Rebuilding Analog Tape Machines,” Oct. 19, 3–5 p.m.; “DSD vs. DXD: Extreme DSD and PCM Resolutions Compared,” Oct. 20, 9–10:30 a.m.; “The Vinyl Frontier,” Oct. 20, 12–1 p.m.; “The Timeline Never Lies: Audio Engineers Aiding Forensic Investigators in Cases of Suspected Music Piracy,” Oct. 18, 2–3:30 p.m.; “A Contribution to the History of Field Tape Recording, 1939-1940,” Oct. 20, 1-2 p.m.; and “Restoring Peggy Lee’s Capitol Records Album ‘Jump for Joy,’” Oct. 19, 12:15–1:15 p.m.

Of special interest for radio broadcasters could be “WFMU’s Adventures in 24/7 Archiving: Using On-Demand Programs and Crowd-Sourced Metadata to Grow a Radio Audience,” Oct. 20, 2:30–4 p.m.