NEW YORK, NY—Last December, the Library of Congress released the National Recording Preservation Plan, “a congressionally mandated blueprint for saving America’s recorded sound heritage for future generations.” The plan encompasses a near decade of work by the Library and the National Recording Preservation Board.

More recently, the 135th AES Convention presented an informative multipart Workshop and Tutorial Series, the “National Recording Preservation Plan,” launched at the Convention with a workshop hosted by Konrad Strauss, “Best Practices for Creating and Preserving Born-Digital Audio Files.” The panel also featured Chris Lacinak of Audio Visual Preservation Solutions, George Massenburg of McGill University, and Charles Van Winkle of Adobe. The Series continued with back-to-back Tutorials hosted by Lacinak, “Audio System Performance Testing” and “Preservation Planning,” and closed out its convention run with three “Audio Preservation/Archiving” Tutorials.

“This really is a gift,” gushed Strauss in his introduction, referring to the ample attention the 135th Convention gave to the subject of audio recording preservation.

Compared to the multitrack recording days using two-inch analog tape—where track sheets and outboard gear settings were also “analog,” documented on paper and stored with the media—today’s archiving challenge involves storing future-ready, flexible audio files with comprehensive file names: anything to insure sessions can be accessed in the future.

Details of the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan can be found at