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Portable Open Reel and Cassette Digitization Systems. Gerry Lawson - Coordinator, Oral history and Language Lab ICT Summit 2012. Museum of Anthropology. Renewal Project. Oral History and Language Lab. OHLL Research Suite. Recording. Digitization and Media Workflow.

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portable open reel and cassette digitization systems

Portable Open Reel and Cassette Digitization Systems

Gerry Lawson - Coordinator, Oral history and Language Lab

ICT Summit 2012

informal request for hardware advice
Informal request for hardware advice
  • Audio Cassette Digitization System Hardware Checklist.
  • Laptop, Dell Precision - M6600
  • Speakers (2), M-Audio - BX5a Deluxe
  • Headphones, Beyer Dynamic – DT990PRO
  • Rugged Case - contains:
  • This List
cassette system hard choices
Cassette System - Hard Choices
  • No real boundaries on hardware choices.
    • Budget undefined
    • New or Used Cassette Player?
    • OS undefined
      • Windows or Mac?
    • Form factor undefined
      • Desktop or Laptop?
    • Digitization hardware dependent on above answers
  • No piece of hardware that choices could cascade from.
guiding principles
Guiding Principles
  • Equipment must be of sufficient quality to digitize accurately and consistently.
  • Cheapest hardware comes with hidden costs
    • Maintenance
  • Most expensive hardware might not be maintainable over the long run
    • Not only more expensive to buy – more expensive to repair
  • Used equipment equals higher likelihood of breaking and more complexity in servicing.
cassette player
Cassette player
  • Used is out
    • As system must travel maintenance must be simplified
  • Tascam 202-MKV
    • Designed for durability
    • Best available specifications new
platform and operating system
Platform and Operating System
  • Laptop over desktop
    • Ease of transport (fewer components)
  • Which laptop? Depends upon
    • Screen size
    • OS
    • Specifications (processing speed)
    • Input/Output Ports
    • Compatibility with analog to digital converter
  • Dell Precision - M6600
analog to digital audio converter
Analog to Digital Audio Converter
  • Support at least 24bit 96kHz recording
  • Input GAIN control
  • Durable
  • Intuitive
  • Controls on front
  • Connectors in back
  • AVID - MBOX 3
other components
Other Components
  • Quality Speakers
  • Quality Headphones
  • Power Conditioner
  • Rugged Case
open reel system
Open Reel System
  • Formal Partnership between FNTC, MOA Archives and MOA OHLL
  • National Archives Development Program Grant funded project
    • FNTC purchased digitization equipment
    • MOA Archives provides cash requirement for digitization intern
  • Deliverables
    • Approximately 80 reels from the MOA Archives to be digitized
    • Equipment specific digitization manual to be developed for use in communities.
moa project participants
MOA Project Participants
  • Ann Stevenson, MOA Information manager
    • Primary Author of Collections Assessment, metadata portions of manual.
  • Katie Marshall, Information Dept. Work Study (SLAIS)
    • Procedure testing, Author, Research, Illustrations
  • X̱elsílem (Dustin) Rivers
    • Digitization Intern – Open Reel project
  • Gerry Lawson, Coordinator MOA OHLL
    • Stuff
  • Krisztina Laszlo – MOA Archivist
    • NADP Open Reel project administrator