Boyers, PA (December 15, 2004)–Xepa Digital is celebrating its first anniversary on Jan 15, 2005 having restored, preserved, digitized and accessed thousands of irreplaceable audio and video master tapes for companies such as Universal Music Group (UMG) and Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG). Xepa has also worked with content from artists such as Lena Horne, Harry Belafonte, Elvis, Roy Orbison, B.B. King, Public Enemy, Sting, and Nine Inch Nails to name a few.
Xepa Digital was founded by entertainment industry veterans Ken Caillat, Edwin Outwater and Claus Trelby, to preserve and protect historic rich media assets. Media formats requiring hard-to-find machines are handled every day. After restoration and digitization or migration, assets can be transmitted electronically and delivered to production within hours worldwide from the Iron Mountain underground vaults. Xepa Digital digitizes audio in both PCM and DSD at all sample rates and video is delivered or archived to any tape or compressed/uncompressed video file format.
Randy Aronson, sr. director, UMG Vault Service said, “The staff at Xepa Digital is not only among the who’s who in the music business but if you read their bios you have the confidence of knowing you are with a top notch recording facility. UMG only works with the best engineers and the staff at Xepa has proven themselves to be exceptional with their technical service and expertise. Their handling of our historical audio and video assets has been performed with respectful care and without flaw.”
Metadata development has turned out to be one of the most important and fastest growing services provided by Xepa Digital. Tens of thousands of high resolution scans of all media assets and all associated documentation have been used for research as well as database updates for their clients. The huge demand for Metadata has led Xepa to expand their graphics capabilities. The company now provides production-quality resolution, speed and scan/photo manipulation with professional touch-up capabilities for photos and documents.
Lower storage costs and Xepa Digital’s presence have provided content owners the opportunity to consolidate their archives in what was formerly known as “deep archive storage.” With Xepa’s instant access capability and transmission service their clients now consider the remote PA location “near-line storage.” For content owners with security in mind in a post 9/11 World, the level at Iron Mountain, PA is the highest available at any non-governmental facility.
Aronson continued, “It is no secret that the Music Business is going through rough times. The business, in general, has to totally reinvent itself to survive. This can sometimes lead to great things and new ways of doing business. This is certainly true with the opening of Xepa Digital.
“There is no doubt that storing music elements in a secure underground facility makes monumental sense from a security, environment and cost analysis point of view, but how do you gain back the speed, accuracy and metadata crucial to having the music assets locally stored? Xepa has been our solution. They have scanned, mastered, created digital back ups, and sent files (audio and video) to our clients, consistently beating our old metrics when the sources were stored in the LA and NY areas. And, yes the cost savings are substantial…I recommend Xepa Digital with out hesitation,” Aronson added.
In 2005, Xepa Digital plans to step up video transmission services to assist the newly announced UMG Music TV project as well as TV broadcast facilities nationwide. With the knowledge that their tape assets are within real-time reach, broadcasting stations will realistically be able to consider all-digital tape-less transmissions. Xepa also plans to develop a grant preservation program that will be specifically tailored to public collections/libraries and other historic rich media collections. Through a new secure low-cost shipping initiative, Xepa also aims to attract even more clients from outside the Iron Mountain location.
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