Genealogy: Digitizing records and tapes with Audacity

Digitizing records and tapes with AudacityBy Barry J. Ewell

You’ve been ripping CDs for years, but what about those dusty cassette tapes in your attic and all that bargain-basement vinyl at used book sales? With Audacity, you can capture those vintage tunes, clean up their sound, and carry them around on your MP3 player.

Audacity is a powerful free cross-platform audio editor. It includes tools such as noise removal filters and automatic track splitting that can speed up the process of turning your antique audio into shiny new MP3s or Oggs.
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What every genealogist needs to know about digital content and preservation (100+ resources)

Digitizing contentBy Barry J. Ewell

As a genealogist and/or family historian you are ever increasingly faced with the need to better understand how to create, evaluate, manage, organize, and preserve content that include audio, photography, video, film and more. I’ve learned that even the simplest decision like which format to scan an image can have far reaching irreparable consequences if not done correctly. Continue reading

Genealogy: Keeping personal digital audio

Genealogy: Keeping personal digital audioBy Barry J. Ewell

You may have many digital audio files with music, lectures and other sound recordings. Some of these have personal, financial or other value that leads you to keep them for a long time.

You should make sure that the audio files you select for saving are in an open file format. This will ensure the greatest flexibility for future use. Continue reading

Genealogy: Audio recordings

Genealogy: Audio recordingsBy Barry J. Ewell

Audio recording began in 1877 with tin foil on a cylinder, which was commercialized with the introduction of the wax cylinder recorder by Thomas Edison. Since that time audio recording devices have gone through a series of technological advances. It is possible to digitally reformat any of these commonly encountered recording media which are summarized below. Audio quality will vary based on the type of device, quality of the original recording, and the software employed.  Modern computer-based audio editing software has made it possible to “clean up” the audio in most cases within the limits mentioned above. Continue reading