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Archiving

We are committed to preserving past masters for the ages in our purpose-built archiving facility housed right here at United. We have the capability and expertise to archive virtually any format to digital files, ensuring your masters live on.

 

 

 

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United Archiving 

United’s new archiving suite is perhaps the most complete, purpose-built archival studio in existence today; a secure, climate-controlled suite that features such attention to detail as:  

  • Specially built anti-static flooring to prevent any electrical disturbances
  • Climate control for optimal tape storage
  • Dedicated, clean tech power 
  • Separate baking room for tape baking
  • High level security

 

All machines are maintained by a dedicated technical staff who keep everything running correctly at all times.

We have an archiving team and reputation that is second to none, with all the experience and expertise that has long been synonymous with United Recording.  Since the opening of United Archiving in 2016, dozens of legacy artists and labels have chosen United to transfer many hundreds of priceless master tapes of all formats.

 

The Archiving Process

  • Tape condition is checked precisely and processed accordingly. Tape preparation includes baking when necessary, as well as replacing damaged splices and bad leader tape.
  • Formats are correctly determined and documentation checked regarding speed, noise reduction, etc. 
  • All tape boxes, notes, and track sheets scanned at 300dpi. 
  • The machines are aligned, tape head azimuth is adjusted and applicable noise reduction is calibrated.  If the reel is striped with SMPTE timecode, then synchronization is setup between the machine and Pro Tools.
  • The tape is transferred into Pro Tools as hi-res Broadcast Wav files (192kHz/24 Bit for analog. Digital transfers are done at the same sample rate/ bit depth as the master). 
  • Archiving notes are taken and are included with the box label/track sheet/etc. scans.
  • All documentation and audio are then placed into the client specified media (i.e.. external hard drives, DVD-R, Blu-Ray, etc.) for delivery.

Benefits of Archiving

Your masters are irreplaceable. Preserving them is incredibly important. The archiving process offers the following benefits:

  • Rescues audio from deteriorating tapes, and keeps assets viable after the tape becomes unplayable 
  • Sending digital copies for mastering/mixing means no damage/mishaps to fragile tapes
  • Digital files can be electronically delivered 
  • Lowers insurance/storage costs by having digital back-ups 
  • Assets are always safe and available
Equipment 

Analog Machines

Studer a827’s w/ custom 2” 24 track & 16 track heads, and 1” 16 track & 8 track heads
Ampex ATR-104’s w/ custom 1/2” Stereo, 3 track & 4 track heads, and 1/4” Full Track Mono, Stereo & 4 track heads
Tascam MSR 16 1/2” 16 track
Tascam 38 1/2” 8 track
Tascam 122 MKIII cassette decks
Yamaha MT4X 4 track cassette
Various mini & micro cassette players (El Caset, RCA Tape Cartridge, 8 Track Cartridge, etc.)

Digital Machines

Sony PCM 3348HR (hi-resolution) 1/2” 48 track (backwards compatible with PCM 3324 tapes)
Mitsubishi X-850 1” 32 track
Sony PCM 3402 1/4” 2 track
Mitsubishi X-86HS (up to 96kHz sample rate) 1/4” 2 track
Mitsubishi X-80 1/4” 2 track
64 tracks of DA-98HR / DA-98 / DA-78HR / DA-38 {aka: DA-88} 8 track (hi-8mm tapes)
40 tracks of Alesis M20 / XT-20 {aka: ADAT} 8 track (SVHS tapes)
Rane PaqRat stereo bit splitter
Otari RADAR II hard disk recorder
Tascam DA-45HR (hi-resolution) DAT players
Tascam MD801R mini disk player
Sony PCM F-1 & Betamax Player

 

Noise Reduction

Dolby MT24 racks (24 channels of SR/A)
DBX 411 Type 1 cards in DBX 900 racks (24 channels)
Telefunken Telcom C4 rack (24 channels of C4DM cards)
Dolby 363 Stereo SR/A units
DBX FS900 rack with 911 Type 1 cards
DBX 422 Type II cards

Computers/Converters

2012 Mac Pro 12 core, 64GB RAM
AVID 9HD/10HD/11HD/12HD Pro Tools (HDX cards)
Digidesign 192’s (with additional digital i/o and analog inputs)
AVID Sync HD I/O’s
Otari UFC 24 universal format converters
Mac G4 w/ OS 9.2.2 with SCSI cards
Mac G5 w SCSI cards
Glyph SCSI drive bay
JAZ 1GB Drive
Dell DLT800XT tape drive
Lacie AIT1/2 USB tape drive
Iomega Zip 250 drive

Monitors, etc.

JBL LSR 6328 monitors
JBL 308 MKII monitors
Audio Technica MHX-50 headphones
Little Labs Monotor headphone amps
Presonus Central Stations
APA PSA-28 Stereo Attenuator
Brainstorm Distripalyzers
Timeline Lynx 1 synchronizers
Timeline Lynx 2 synchronizers

Other Studios

Studio A
Studio B
Studio C
Studio D
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