Archive-It! Be a cultural content aggregator using the Internet Archive

If you’re a composer of contemporary classical music, your works will live on in perpetuity—on the web, at least. New York University is archiving the careers of hundreds of contemporary classical composers in a web-based project that is scalable and viable for the long term. It includes recorded music content and manuscripts. It doesn’t require […]

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“Rise and Fall of Paramount Records Volume Two” Release Due 11/18/14

The second half of the mammoth Paramount project makes its debut next week. The set covers the label’s last years, 1928 to 1932, with another 800 songs including tracks by Skip James, Charley Patton, the Mississippi Sheiks and Son House, among dozens of artists. The project is released by Revenant and Third Man Records and […]

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Dave Glasser Spots Positive Trends at AES

I returned from the annual AES (Audio Engineering Society) Convention in Los Angeles, held there after a 12-year hiatus. (AES has dropped San Francisco as a west coast convention site.) I love San Francisco, but it was great to be back in LA where so much of the music, film, and recording industry is based. […]

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Eight Steps to Protect Your Collection From Disaster

The fires and floods that struck Colorado in summer 2013, after a series of devastating wildland fires between 2010 and 2013, raised our awareness about the threats facing our studios and Airshow’s media archive. Recognizing the unpredictability of Mother Nature is one thing, but having a tangible plan to prepare for – and respond to […]

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What To Do About Flood-damaged Audiotape or CDs

Updated October 2014 The Restoration Center @ Airshow received inquiries about media damaged in the September 2013 flooding in Colorado. While we do transfer analog to digital media and we do provide sonic restoration, we do not provide media recovery service. Media recovery involves cleaning off and drying magnetic or optical media, with the goal […]

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Quality Control: What and When

Quality Control, or QC, is an important part of the production process. At Airshow and other professional mastering studios, as well as record labels, every master is put through a systematic QC process. QC for CD and digital release At Airshow, we listen to the masters to make sure there are no anomalies that escaped […]

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How to Plan A Vinyl Release Without Delays and Headaches

Increased demand pushes the supply chain Since 2012, when Nielsen reported that 4.6 million vinyl LPs were sold, vinyl sales have nearly doubled. Nielsen projects 2014 sales over eight million vinyl units. These stats likely undercount indie vinyl releases, or 7” or 10” discs (the smaller projects that many Airshow clients favor). Infographic courtesy of […]

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