Audio Tape Digitisation Workflow

Digitisation workflow for analogue open reel tapes


Juha Henriksson

Finnish Jazz & Pop Archive

Nadja Wallaszkovits
Austrian Academy of Sciences

Contributions by Bernhard Graf, Christian Liebl, Johannes Spitzbart, all Phonogrammarchiv, and Andreas Weisser,

Edited by George Boston.
Most of the workflow may be also applied to audio cassettes.

This workflow is mainly aimed to address newcomers in the world of audio tape digitisation. Hence we try to keep it short and simple, knowing that the full spectrum of technical knowledge and skills can only be achieved by further studies and practical training. Therefore for each point of the workflow you will find a list of useful literature and links. We recommend that you consult these sites for additional information specifically related to the topic under discussion.

The workflow is mainly based on the following documents:

IASA TC-04. Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects. Second Edition, 2009. International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives.

Capturing Analog Sound for Digital Preservation: Report of a Roundtable Discussion of Best Practices for Tranferring Analog Discs and Tapes. March 2006. Council on Library and Information Resources and Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

See also:

IASA Special Publications

Sound Directions: Best Practices for Audio Preservation

The NINCH Guide to Good Practice in the Digital Representation and Management of Cultural Heritage Materials

Audio Procedures and Workflow for the UWDCC

Presto Space Preservation Guide

Unesco - Audiovisual archives: A practical reader

PADI - Preserving Access to Digital Information: Digitisation

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