finally finished our move, and are full-time in our new offices in West Philadelphia. Shipments have been arriving at our new address with some regularity, and we're even getting orders with our new updated order form. We've got a lot of new stories this month, after taking off last month to plan the move.
A couple months ago, we linked to the Internet Archive's trove of MTV footage. Alas, a copyright takedown request from MTV's parent company removed it all before anyone could enjoy their nostalgia trip. VICE has the story. We still ♥ the Internet Archive, however.
Have you heard of – Community Preservation, Research, Discovery of 78rpm Records? The Great 78 Project
Project C-90 is an attempt to catalog and scan all brand-name compact cassettes as released from 1964 on.
(like Guardians of the Galaxy) TechRadar postulates how a 2020 upgrade of the cassette tape might pan out, mostly due to the success of Nostalgia marketing.
Discogs covers the obvious for those new adopters: How To Care For Cassette Tapes
Jalopnik has an embedded video from a 1971 episode of the BBC television show Tomorrow’s World that features a Cassette Tape-Based Navigation System that's Kind Of Brilliant
Terence Eden deconstructs a very inexpensive £30 record player on his blog. Very technical, and interestingly cheap! YouTuber
Reel Engineering has a 14 minute video on The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital that we found interesting (along with 3 million others...) On the other side of the spectrum, YouTuber
Abnormal Grooves claims (in 12 minutes) why vinyl is better than CDs and MP3s! (He's trolling you with the title - he's actually talking about vinyl hacks that can't be done on any other medium, like double-grooves, lock-grooves, and more!) YouTuber
TechMoan laboriously reviews Digital Audio on VHS - in 1981: D.A.T. before DAT - The Technics SV-P100 in 33 minutes. I bet you might not have known that every DAT tape came with a pre-paid
DAT Tax that was used to pay for the obvious copyright infringement they expected with the format. YouTuber
TechMoan is back with a storied history of Digital Audio Tape: The one DAT got away and how the recording industry decided it had to die.
The Pudding tries to quantify the songs that will characterize the ’90s through surveys and science!
ConcertHotels has a chart of The Vocal Ranges of the Greatest Singers (Axl Rose is impressive!)
HowToGeek has a strongly worded warning: The CDs You Burned Are Going Bad: Here’s What You Need to Do
Sound and vision blog gets technical with restoring the first recording of computer music. With out a reference pitch, it's nearly impossible to guess how it might actually sound. Follow along as a Google Engineer built an
AI-powered searchable archive of his family videos. Want to use Python to automate seamless beat-matching (like a DJ) to digital audio tracks? Check out
pyCrossfade on GitHub by user oguzhan-yilmaz
June 2020 - More COVID-19
We had a few days of downtime in the recording studio last month as a water heater broke and flooded the studio over the Memorial Day weekend.
No media or equipment was in trouble - it simply doused our carpet. Super exciting photo of the wet carpet drying out to the right.
All is dry and back to regular recording sessions as we update our blog for the month of June 2020.
May 2020 - Still COVID-19
We're still closed for drop-off submissions until mid-summer, but we're still accepting mailed-in jobs submissions on our many digital conversion websites for VHS Tapes, Vinyl Records, Tape Cassettes, Reel-to-Reels, Minidiscs, DAT's, Microcassettes, Audio CD Ripping, or Video DVD Ripping, as well as updating this blog with new stories during the pandemic shutdown in May of 2020.
April 2020 - COVID-19 Edition
Our usual April Fools antics are
postponed until next year, as the only news dominating the airwaves these days is the Coronavirus Pandemic. Our own Covid-19% Off Sale just wrapped up from March 20 through April 1st, and we heartily thank all of the customers who took advantage of our sale and ensured a future for this small business! Alas, we're still closed for dropoffs until July 1st, in order to prevent the spread. All job submissions must be mailed into our offices. The
Internet Archive has announced the National Emergency Library to Provide Digitized Books to Students and the Public - basically offering 1.4 million copyrighted books for free online! Read their announcement with links, or see what Ars Technica has to say about the same story. It's all good news and unlimited choices for any home-bound students!
Are the ultimate cord cutter, but still need your Weird Video fix? (Especially now that you're quarantined at home?) The AV Club reviews the weirdest new uploads to the Internet Archive's VHS Vault.
VICE Magazine explores the result of too many streaming services: More and more people are Torrenting shows, and Generation Z is leading the way. Our favorite internet comic
XKCD details the results of attempting to keep any type of digital library: You're always a Pirate...
Jeff Huang pontificates on keeping things around... forever! This Page is Designed to Last: A Manifesto for Preserving Content on the Web YouTube expert
TechMoan explains how a forgotten 1949 Format War shaped the future of records. This 39 minute video details why 45rpm records have big holes versus full albums (LP's) which have small holes in the center. VIDEO
NBC News is clearly in ♥ with VHS with two recent stories about it, claiming it's both back in vogue as everything old is new again, and ' go-to in the digital age'.
Show Me The Money! This group of artists is trying to recreating a 90s-era video store and stocking it with 14,000 copies of "Jerry Maguire". CNN covered the story first, and their first attempt at creating a huge pyramid of VHS tapes was successful. Keep up the good work Everything is Terrible! This photoshopped
Bible On Tape looks hilarious. I can imagine the tone of voice in my head so well.... In a clearly April-Fools-Day joke that should have been postponed,
. Dennis Quaid Says He's Releasing New Podcast Via Cassette Returning to our previous stories on DJing with Tape Decks,
Synthtopia gives details on the DIY Dual-Cassette DJ Rig, The Tapetron-2! What's on that Tape Cassette?
Full-Color, Full-Motion Video! Hackaday covers the technical leaps one must jump through to do this (lower resolution, lower frame rate) with plenty of demo video! Just when you thought hardware was dead...
New Atlas covers the release of a new Kickstarter cassette deck (really?) which adds BlueTooth to a classic device. Made by a french company, the Mystik portable music player awaits audio cassette revival.
Beware of Cheap Tape Decks! YouTuber The 8-Bit Guy literally breaks down this inexpensive boombox with 'MP3 Recording' ability that he determines is both low-quality and mono audio! This quick 15 minute video shows how NOT to create MP3 music from cassette! VIDEO I'm glad to have stumbled across
Davis Remmel's site, where he details his robotic 3-d printed CD Rip Robot and hardbound Book Scanning techniques, which can be used for your own digital archiving. The
NYU School of Law gripes about the YouTube Copyright System, and how it prevents posting legal arguments in this discussion: How Explaining Copyright Broke the YouTube Copyright System.
Michael Steil at PageTable details how he setup a system for Dumping MiniDisc Media by copying the ATRAC1 audio and converting it to full-resolution audio on a computer. Very technical instructions ahead! Do you think you could get by without a SIM card in your smartphone? Author
Josh Habdas shows you how, a year later.
Happy 50th Birthday to the Compact Cassette Tape! Still being hand-rewound with pencils! Speaking of cassettes -
The Guardian has the story of a fan reunited with cassette 25 years after losing it!
Pitchfork follows the 2008 fire at Universal Studios Hollywood that resulted in Audio Masters being Damaged in a Warehouse Fire
Rolling Stone Magazine reviews the trouble most record stores are having these days: terrible distribution options! The few major distributors are slow to send new music to stores!
Pitchfork surveys the damage from the February 2020 'Devastating' Manufacturing Plant Fire that threatens the Worldwide Vinyl Record Supply. It "will present a problem for the vinyl industry worldwide"
Vice Magazine gets to the heart of why Archivists Are Uploading Hundreds of Random VHS Tapes to the Internet. Two months ago, we mentioned the closing of Murfie, a small Wisconsin company that stored thousands of people’s CDs and then suddenly vanished overnight.
, and is planning on getting the service up and running again! The Verge is happy to introduce you to John Fenley, who bought them all for $6,000
Hi-Fi News write a love letter to the beloved resurgence of analog nostalgia, and the Reel to Reel Tape Deck I bet you didn't think it was possible to 'see sound' until you watch this short video demonstration of a
Magnetic Tape Viewer:
The Verge has a detailed backstory of the Oh Sees’ year-long effort to put their albums on 8-track box sets. Yes, 8-tracks. Hipster to a fault?
Vice Magazine profiles copyright champions Damien Riehl and Noah Rubin, who generated and saved every possible melody to a hard drive, then released it all to the public in an attempt to stop musicians from getting sued! We love our 4-day workweek, and are only encouraged by this recent
NPR story on the 4-Day Workweek's Appeal Goes Global As Bosses Seek To Boost Profits And Morale
December 2019-January 2020
Looking to store your crates of vinyl in an easy to browse form (something akin to your old days of flipping vinyl at the local record store? Watch as user
Theseamusjames details how he built a record cabinet! (seen to the right) In the
Pat Ourselves On The Back Award, the Prime Minister of Finland suggests our working hours are futuristic! I know what you're thinking:
This Christmas Movie looks so familiar...
Are the ultimate cord cutter, but still need 8000+ publicly available Internet Protocol television (IPTV) channels to watch? Browse this collection of links on GitHub!
DJ Mag shows us the first playable record made from recycled ocean plastic! It looks terrible, and I seriously doubt the quality of audio - I always find colorful vinyl discs more susceptible to pits that ruin perfectly good pressings. Even the Cloud can't be trusted!
The Verge follows the story of Murfie, a small Wisconsin company that stored thousands of people’s CDs, then suddenly vanished!
RedShark News shows us why Cassette tapes might be obsolete, but they can be a wonderful creative tool Sounds like a golden opportunity for us!
Bravewords details how ELO leader Jeff Lynne claims to have 2,000 Cassette Tapes Of Unheard ELO Tracks, and no tape deck to play them on. Call us up, Jeff! You can buy a NEW cassette deck in 2020? This
French company just announced a New Cassette Player for 21st century!
Birth.Movies.Death tells us how the Alamo Drafthouse released a movie: 'STUCK ON VHS A Visual History of Video Store Stickers' In yet another nostalgic throwback to classic analog,
Collider has a lovely review of 'VHYes: A Heartfelt VHS Throwback Comedy'
Are the ultimate cord cutter, but still need your classic Movies fix? CineDanton (picture to the right) offers +2100 Free Public Domain Movies from Archive.org, in a new easily searchable UI that allows for easy browsing and viewing!
VICE Magazine has an interesting article about 'disc-rot',
the Hidden Phenomenon That Could Ruin Your Old CD's and DVD's!
In 1982, Video piracy was hardly a crime in Canada. The CBC Archives details the differences between piracy fines in the U.S. vs. Canada.
debugmo.de has a detailed breakdown of the way data is encoded onto a DVD, and the hacking he did to trace and sniff the data as it was being read off the DVD live, generating RAW data. Are you a digital DJ and looking to upgrade your Mac?
The Verge warns you that Apple’s macOS Catalina update is a big problem for DJs who relied on iTunes From the
Stars and Stripes comes an interesting audio recovery of a obsolete recording. It was a dispatch from D-Day! You think you have a lot of records? They measure this collection by weight:
Eight tons of Punk, The Outline details the demise and attempt to save print magazine Maximum Rock n Roll’s huge punk music archive. Ernie Smith writes for
Tedium all about Tape Hiss: The Underlying Noise Quietly Driving Modern Music
Pitchfork points out something else holding up the sudden resurgence of cassette tapes: Worldwide Material Shortage Delays Cassette Tape Production Is that a cassette tape, or a
- it's a MP3 player that works in your tape deck! (a bit pricey at $100, but it keeps it's good looks and form factor!) MIXXTAPE? Check out this Reinvented Cassette Before you toss those old VHS tapes, you should review
Screencrush's 20 VHS Tapes That Are Still Extremely Valuable
Are the ultimate cord cutter, but still need your live TV fix? Stanford Universities Puffer project (pictured to right) is a work in progress where they're looking for data about re-encoding video streams using AI, and offering you 6 channels of national feeds for you to feast on (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, Univision!) Who better to explain how a vinyl record gets made than
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood? (from 1972)
NME documents the resurrection of Vinyl with it being set to outsell CDs for first time since 1986! Alas, the top sellers are all reprints of classic albums, and new artists are rarely represented. Student
Springer at The Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering took to scanning the grooves on a record and trying to see if you could transcribe the audio from one format to another. His results are recognizable, but hardly audible. Ever heard of a
Capacitance Electronic Disc? It was about the same size and shape of a vinyl record, but could play back about an hour of video and audio using a similar needle-in-the-groove playback system. Developed by RCA in 1964, it fell from any common use by 1981, killed by Laserdisc, with it's better picture and longer runtime. Read more about it on Wikipedia!
VICE documents how Libraries and Archivists Are Scanning and Uploading Books That Are Secretly in the Public Domain. University of Michigan Law School's
Jessica Litman has an interesting paper that suggests that any securing or defending of copyrights rarely benefit the original author's, but instead of the corporations who hold the copyright, thereby diminishing the ability to pass on the author's legacies. An interesting take - go download 'What We Don't See When We See Copyright as Property by Jessica Litman'.
Click the image to the right to see the high-resolution image of a the
Original Puzzle Company's 'Restored 1980 YouTube Machine', a custom painted VHS Player!
Atlas Obscura covers the story of Philadelphian Marion Stokes Who Preserved Over 30 Years of TV History on 71,000 VHS and Beta Tapes Jessie Schiewe over at
OK Whatever talks about why Analog tapes are making a comeback, as Lamps, Tables, Birdhouses, and more!
RedShark News details about the 'Cartrivision', and early alternative videotape format in the 1970's that was two sided like a Cassette Tape! Another coffin nail for VHS tapes - the
University of New Hampshire will remove VCRs from classrooms this summer...
Drexel University’s Music Industry program resurrects long-lost funk music from Philadelphia's Sigma Sound
Bloomberg posts about how Cassette Tapes Are Back -- But It's Not About the Music (but culture and psychology!
Bloomberg Business has a three and a half minute YouTube video profiles the National Audio Company, the one factory left in the United States that still manufactures cassette tapes
Andrew Liszewski at (Yes, Gizmodo waxes nostalgia about MiniDisc's We still convert them!) You know who else loves MiniDiscs?
Radiohead singer Thom Yorke, who had to release 18 hours of material to thwart a ransom demand by a Leaker
New York Times journalist Ben Sisario raves about the benefits of an audio Compact Disc: No Ads, No Privacy Terrors, No Algorithms
Inside Tokyo's audiophile venues, where Aaron Coultate at Resident Advisor explains why Tokyo might be the best place in the world to listen to music. Just across the Ocean, Ben Ratliff at the
New York Times covers the very similar Los Angeles Vinyl Cafe scene. Think that flexidisc is thin?
The Guardian details why Soviet bootleg records were pressed on x-rays!
You Could Win $1,000,000 Instantly! Play This Record Now! - Click the image to the right to hear the 2-minute contest/album release by McDonalds. They produced 80 million of these flexi-discs in 1988, with only 1 being a winner! (this one is not it!)
Open Culture has pictures of Postage Stamps from Bhutan That Double as Playable Vinyl Records!, and if you love the album cover art, you'll love the wordpress site: LP Cover Art with nearly 7,000 album covers in their public database! Let's talk VHS Tapes! You should dig through your own collection to see if you have one of these highly collectible (and valuable)
10 VHS tapes that are Worth Money (No, Really!) from Mental Floss. While you're digging through your VHS tapes, consider how small your collection may seem next to this Massive, Obsessive and (Probably) Obsolete VHS Boxing Archive detailed by the New York Times.
ZDNet crafts an early obituary for the end of Blu-ray, while across the pond, The Telegraph declares the new Hipster embrace of cassettes fuels demand for magnetic tape!
Ian Tamblyn over at Roots Music Canada weighs heavily on why artists are no longer making a living making music, placing the blame on the internet and free downloading. On the technical side of things,
Nirbheek offers a simple method of measuring audio latency on a computer through a loopback cable, and Ryan Parman on his Flailing Wildly blog details on Serving Bandwidth-Friendly Video with HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), an interesting use case of avoiding YouTube to host your files and still maintain low costs. Another reason why we only operate in the United States! The
Electronic Frontier Foundation reports that more than 130 European businesses tell the European Parliament: Reject the #CopyrightDirective
Blast from the Past! Here you will find the beautiful pictures of sealed
, all in an old school gallery format and custom domain. Relive the mix Tapes of your Youth! Vintage Cassettes Jacob Buchowiecki details how he learned How to Rip Blu Ray Discs, and what a pain it is.
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