With Prism Sound’s high quality audio interfaces playing a key role in many prestigious archiving projects, it was an obvious step for the company to sponsor the AES International Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation & Restoration, which takes place from June 28-30, 2018.
The Conference, to be held at the United States Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Virginia, provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to meet and discuss critical preservation issues. It also allows those involved in preservation, restoration and archiving to focus on strategies that will support and encourage collaboration and interoperability.
Prism Sound’s Titan audio interfaces are currently playing a key role in helping US audio and moving image preservation company George Blood L.P. to complete a unique community project, which aims to create a digitized reference collection of 78rpm records. Entitled The Great 78 Project, this extraordinary venture has already digitized 35,000 sides and ultimately aims to digitize in excess of 400,000 sides for preservation, discovery and research.
The UK manufacturer has also recently launched Verifile, a radical new technology that allows computer audio recordings to be quickly checked for a wide range of errors and dropouts, without any compromise in the audio content or any additional metadata. This exciting innovation, which is now available on Prism Sound’s range of USB audio interfaces including Lyra, Titan and Atlas, was invented by Prism Sound in 2014, and has been confidentially tested by many of the world’s leading broadcast, recording, mastering and archival organisations, including Cornell University Library’s Audio-Visual Preservation Lab.
“As a company, we have an international reputation for creating very high-quality audio interface and conversion products that don’t alter or colour the original sound source,” says Prism Sound’s Sales & Marketing Director, Graham Boswell. “These are exactly the attributes you need from your equipment when you are working in preservation, archiving and restoration. We hope that by supporting this Conference we can share our expertise and help develop new technologies for this important industry area.”
Among the themes that the AES will be addressing are handling and storage of audio; preservation by digitization; preserving legacy professional formats; meta data and the current state and future development of digital archives. There will also be an opportunity for participants to tour the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center.