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In the Dig4E Audio module, you learn about the present state of standards and recommended best practices for the digital re-recording of analog audio signals stored on magnetic tape. In most cases, the underlying technical standards for audio digitization are stable and complete, although professionals debate how to apply the standards to a wide variety of audio media. For the vast majority of the audio holdings in cultural heritage organizations, archival quality digitization is technically and administratively feasible.
This video introduces the Audio module in the broader context of the risks and challenges to audio heritage. The primary points are the consequences of inaction, the critical value of digital processes for rescuing audio content, and the complexities of legacy playback. The video also introduces the top level learning goals for the Audio module.