Studio A equipment rack with Archeopone and CPS1 cylinder playback eqiupment
Studio A equipment rack with Archeopone and CPS1 cylinder playback eqiupment

The UCSB Library has a purpose-built audio preservation suite with two labs to preserve the unique audio materials held by the library and migrate them to digital formats. We undertake systematic preservation of endangered and obsolete formats for preservation and access as well as making on-demand copies for researchers at a reasonable cost.

The labs have equipment to play back most analog formats in the Library’s collections including cylinders, discs, and open reel audio tape as well as modern digital formats such as DAT and Mini-Disc. Equipment in the studio has been chosen to provide the highest quality playback while remaining faithful to the original sound source. Some of the features that allow high quality transfers are the use of professional equipment (often sourced on the used market and restored by experts around the country), purpose-built equipment for formats like cylinders, the highest quality analog-to-digital converters, balanced audio signals, and balanced AC power throughout.

The library's ongoing preservation program migrates hundreds of hours of unique recordings every year to digital formats that are stored on library servers for preservation and access.

Library staff member working at Studio A transfer workstation
Library staff member working at Studio A transfer workstation

Studio A (single/double stream digitization)

Disc Playback (2)

  • Technics SL-1015/SP-15, Technics EPA 501h tonearm, Shure M44 cartridge
  • Timestep T-03EQA+ archival preamplier/equalizer
  • Expert Stylus coarse groove styli

Analog to Digital Converter

Digital Audio Workstations (2)

  • PC Based workstation
  • Lynx AES16e Digital I/O
  • Wavelab software

Cylinder Playback

  • CPS1 #2 with Soundsmith flat preamp and custom Soundsmith cartridges for 2 and 4 minute cylinders, and standard, salon and concert mandrels
  • Archeophone #4 with complete mandrel set, Shure M44 cartridges and Expert styli for 2 and 4 minute cylinders, upgraded with internal Soundsmith balanced flat preamp

Open Reel

  • Studer A80 RC 2 track
  • DBX 150x and Dolby 363 SR/A noise reduction

Restoration

  • CEDAR DCX Declicker
  • CEDAR CRX Decrackler
  • CEDAR DHX Dehisser
  • CEDAR BRX+ Debuzzer
  • CEDAR AZX+ Azimuth corrector
  • Packburn 323A Audio Noise Suppressor
  • SAE 5000 Impulse Noise Reduction

Monitoring

  • PMC TBS-AII stereo pair
  • AKG Headphones
  • Coleman Audio M3PHMKIII monitor controller
  • Dorrough 1200 metering and stereo signal test set

Pitch source

  • Casio CTK-4200 electric keyboard

Power

  • Furman IT-1210 Isolation Transformer (2)

Signal flow

  • Switchcraft patchbays
  • Sonifex ADDA and RB-SP1 splitter

Additional Playback Equipment

  • Sony PCM R500 DAT
  • Tascam MD-CD1MKIII Minidisc/CD player
  • Tascam Portastudio 424mkIII (4 track cassette)
  • Teac A3340S 4-track open reel
  • Sony TC-WR901ES (cassette with Dolby S decoding)
  • Wide selection of Stanton, Shure, and Expert Stylus cartridges and styli

Studer open reel tape machines in Studio B
Studer open reel tape machines in Studio B

Studio B (multi-stream digitization)

Open reel playback (4 simultaneous captures)

  • Studer A807 machines with a variety of head configurations (9)
  • Studer A810 full track
  • Studer A810 2 track

Cassette Playback (4 simultaneous captures)

  • Marantz PMD 502 cassette players (9)
  • Marantz PMD 510 and PMD 511 cassette players (2)

Analog to Digital Converter (2)

Digital Audio Workstations (2)

  • PC Based workstation
  • Lynx AES16e Digital I/O
  • Wavelab software

Monitoring​

  • Mackie HR624mk2 stereo pair
  • AKG Headphones
  • Mackie Big Knob monitor controller
  • Sonifex RB-HD2 Headphone amplifier

Signal flow

  • Switchcraft patchbay

​Power

  • Furman IT 1210/20 Isolation Transformers (2)

Additional Equipment

Cleaning Workstation

  • Keith Monks Audio Labs Record Cleaning Machine (4)

Tape Baking

  • ShelLab convection oven

Imaging Workstation

  • Canon 70-D DSLR camera
  • Kaiser RS 2 XA camera stand
  • Olympus stereo microscope

Other Playback Equipment (not generally in current use)

  • Otari MX 5050BIII
  • Revox B77
  • Revox PR99 (5)
  • Millennia LOC Phono Preamplifier
  • KAB Souvenir EQS MK 12 Phono Preamplifier (2)
  • Technics SL-1015 Turntable (multiple)
  • Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB (multiple)
  • Technics/Esoteric Sound Turntable
  • Technics SL1200 Turntable (2)
  • Thorens TD520 Turntable
  • Lenco L75 Turntable
  • Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer
  • Owl 1 EQ
  • Behringer 8024 Digital EQ
  • Alesis RA100 power amplifier and Monitor One stereo pair
  • Fostex RM-2 rack mount stereo monitors and headphone amplifiers (2)
  • Clover QA101-E CD tester
  • Microboards CD/DVD Duplicator
  • MF Digital Ripstation (Robotic CD/DVD ripper)

Videotape Playback

  • Panasonic AG5210 VHS (8)
  • JVC HR-S3902U SVHS
  • Sony UVW-1400 Betacam SP
  • Sony UVW-1800 Betacam SP
  • Sony DSR-1800 DVCam
  • Sony VP-9000 Umatic SP
  • Sony VP-7000 Umatic
  • Sony SVO 2100 SHVS (2)
  • Sony GV-D200 8mm/Hi-8/Digital8
  • Sony SL-HF600 Betamax
  • Toshiba DR420 DVD-R (2)
  • DPS-290 TBC/Synchronizer
  • DPS-575 TBC/Synchronizer
  • Sony PVM-14M2U Monitors (2)
  • Sony PVM-8045Q Monitors (x3)
  • Tektronix waveform monitor and vectorscope