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NOA Preserves Golden Sound Archive

Vienna, Austria (November 9, 2009)--The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company has deployed NOA Audio Solutions' mediARC system to preserve its archives.

Dan Barabas at one of the
six NOA ingest stations.
Vienna, Austria (November 9, 2009)–The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company has deployed NOA Audio Solutions’ mediARC system to preserve its archives.

The mediARC system supports a massive, ambitious project dubbed Golden Fonoteca, the migration of the Societatea Rom‚na de Radiodifuziune (SRR) analog audio archive to a secure, fully managed digital system for long-term preservation and improved accessibility. NOA and SRR worked with partner SnT Romania to implement the project, which was inaugurated on Sunday, November 1.

Dating back to the 1950s, SRR’s collection includes more than 125,000 hours of sound stored on almost 600,000 carriers–including quarter-inch magnetic tape, DAT tape, vinyl and rubber records, and CDs–and full migration is expected to take about 10 years. To accomplish it, SRR’s mediARC system has deployed six NOA Ingest Line devices with a concurrent license model of NOA Record, MediaLector, and CD Lector system, supporting a total of 28 concurrent audio paths.

“Because of the mediARC system, we are finally able to surmount what had been the overwhelming challenge of preserving our valuable archive for future generations,” said Dan Barabas, Golden Fonoteca project manager for SRR. “mediARC makes both the process of migration and ongoing management of the collection easier while simultaneously improving its transparency. We also appreciate NOA’s commitment to continually improving its product.”

He added, “mediARC’s new Autocut feature, which automates the merging of analog files, is a big timesaver, while MediaButler not only supports the most popular current formats but also those that are gaining popularity for the future. Moreover, the new document attachment extension contains data de-duplication and supports the most common document formats with simple but effective rights management, all this now comprised in a fully enabled MediARC UNICODE version, which means we can confidently tackle the ongoing challenges of the preservation process.”

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