AES Show Looks at Restoration and Archiving

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