In the process of transferring vintage recordings, we often come across some true gems.
I wish to thank everyone who has graciously granted permission to use the following audio clips . Each MP3 audio clip contains a brief description of the original format and date of recording.
Before making the final transfer, we attach a brief MP3 sample audio clip to an e-mail for evaluation. The following are some of those clips.
All audio clips are in MP3 format
Obviously, vintage recordings are not the quality of digital music today - not even close...
But if the microphone was of half decent quality, held close enough with proper recording levels, the recording heads were clean, the media was properly stored, then the fidelity can be quite good !
Original Format: RCA Sound Tape Cartridge - Transfer to CD
Venue: Family recording.
Shelly - International Falls, Minnesota
This clip literally brought me to tears laughing. Just the way she said it.... I was laughing so hard, it took another 10 minutes before I could resume the transfer !
Shelly then was about 4 years old and had "Jack & Jill" down pat, but hadn't yet quite mastered "Little Miss Muffet".
Click Here to Play (Shelly 274k mp3)
"Again, thanks so much. You've made our day!!! Last night I played the clip of me and my sister over the phone for her about 10 times and she called back before she went to bed to hear it one more time. A trip down memory lane!! "
Original Format: Webster Wire Recording - Transfer to CD
Venue: Family Recording
Becky - Newport News, VA
Description: Another gem !
Click Here to Play (Becky 558k mp3)
"Thanks so very, very much for checking out one of the reels and sending the mp3! It sounded great!!! It is my older sister at about age 3-4 doing her very best Doris Day imitation. She was quite a little ham back then :) I think it was about 1956/1957. I was very excited to finally really hear it so good after so many years and am really looking forward to the rest of it. I really appreciate what you are doing. "
Click Here to Play Multi-samples voice & music (1.5mb) 1947
Dictabelt Recording - Dictation report
Date: Circa 1945
Dictation- WWII Medical Autopsy - one of the earliest Dictaphone recordings before it's commercial release.
Click Here to Play (794k mp3)
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