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High Resolution Audio Recording, Preservation and Delivery at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music

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The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has been making live concert recordings on a variety of formats since the 1940s, and we continue to record approximately 500 concerts each year. Recent industry trends and changes in technology have led us to investigate the possibility of creating high-resolution digital files rather than continuing to use physical media as the archival format for our recordings. Our goal was to develop a system for the creation, access, and long-term preservation of high-resolution audio recordings and associated metadata that conformed to emerging standards for digital audio preservation. We began building such a system in July of 2006 and reached full implementation in February of 2007. This paper gives an overview of the development process, presents hardware and software solutions, and discusses workflow and data management issues.

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