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The Carla Neff Gordan Library Store - Books and Tapes from Ascended Masters

We start by playing the tape on a Grace tape machine interfaced through an impedance matching device (DAK) hooked up to the audio input of a windows XP system. Each tape side A and then B is recorded into separate files because the background noise on each tape side is always different and won't process the same way. While the tapes are playing, we listen to the program and make notes about specific problem areas we hear on the tapes. After all tape sides of the program are recorded (using Roxio Audio Editor software), we then remove the background hiss and other low level noises using the Bias Sound Soap software on each file separately.

At this point we check each file and edit out such things as loud coughs (where possible), idle chit chat not relevant to the program, and any other extraneous sounds that do not contribute to the essence of the program. We then listen to each audience input or questions where it appears to be low level on the screen presentation. We attempt to boost the sound level of each one of these to make them audible though we are not always successful. The audience participation is the biggest challenge to recover because Carla didn't always use microphones.

Now we are ready to normalize the audio level using the DAK DePopper software. This is done on each file individually. Then we will join all the files together in sequence and divide them into Tracks of about 79min. and 40 sec. to fit on standard audio CDs. A tone is placed in each spot where the original tape ran out and was turned over, thus missing some words. These tracks are saved as .wav files for the Standard Audio CDs and saved again as .mp3 files for our standard production CDs. As you probably know, mp3 files are coded differently and will fit way more playing time on one CD than Standard Audio.

In addition to the copy on the system hard drive, we have two Buffalo Terabyte Servers on a local network. These are configured in a RAID 5 array so that each of five hard drives in the server is redundant and will be restored completely when replaced following a failure. Also, we always make an archive copy of each program on an mp3 CD and place it in a drawer. We are also retaining the original cassette tapes. As you might imagine, all of this requires hours and hours of work just to process one program. Fortunately, the material is always interesting to listen to.

Noble Crawford- editor


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