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Just In: Over 1000 Hours of Audio Recordings are Restored

The excitement of receiving the magnificent new collection of 150 quarter-inch audio reels pales in comparison to recently receiving the digital files, meaning the ability to watch, listen and edit, all at a click away.

The Goldstein audio collection consists of over a thousand hours of audio, recorded and collected by Aharon Goldstein.  The collection ranges from the early 1950's until the mid ‘70's, all on quarter inch magnetic tape, spooled onto reels. 

A quarter inch tape being played on a Sony deck at the preservation department of The Living Archive

This collection also includes recordings made by Aharon's father Yossi, a man with a passion for recording audio, as well as video, and pioneering the concept of recording the Lubavitcher Rebbe. He managed to obtain recording equipment in the ‘50's, when it was still considered to be a break-through technology and very far-fetched to the average person.  Yossi's passion for recording was passed along to all his sons, who have continued the family legacy.

This collection consists of recordings done in a very unique method, therefore requiring a really skilled specialist with customized and modified equipment to digitize them.

The uniquness of these recordings are in the amount of tracks and the speed at which they were recorded: 4 tracks instead of the common 2, and at speeds of 15/16 and 1-7/8 IPS (inches per second) instead of the standard 3-3/4 or 7-1/2 IPS, this enabled to record over eight times the recording time which a standard recording on the same tape would allow.

Now that these 150 audio reels have been digitized and backed up, another chunk of history has been preserved. 

An LTO-5 tape used for long-term backup at The Living Archive, it has no delicate internal mechanical parts, therefore greatly reducing failing risks as compared to its counterpart the Hard Drive

The digitization of this collection is part of a greater project, the Preservation Project. The mission of this project is to digitize and preserve all media of the Living Archive.

The preservation department at the East New York Ave office.The Living Archive spends countless time, and exhausting effort in researching technology, new and old alike, ensuring that the whole collection of media is digitized and stored at the highest standards possible.

The Living Archive has an in-house quality control system, documenting and critically inspecting each piece of digitizide material that is returned from our various vendors, analyzing it from various technical perspectives, ensuring the integrity of its digitization.

As part of the quality-control process, Motti Hazan is doing an in-depth analysis on newly digitized audio, determining its accuracy.

For more details regarding the content of this collection refer to this post

http://thelivingarchiveblog.squarespace.com/journal/2010/8/24/massive-tape-collection-donated-to-jem.html

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