Equipment & Specifications

Close up of two audiocassette decks including VU meters

Equipment and Facilities


  • Software: Steinberg Wavelab; Steinburg Cubase; iZotope RX; Metric Halo SpectraFoo Signal Metering and Analysis
  • Audio interface: Symphony I/O MMk II
  • Monitoring: Meyer Sound HD-1; Genelec 8030A; Tannoy PBM 8 II
  • Switching: Coleman Audio
  • AD/DA Converters: Apogee Rosetta 200; Antelope Audio Orion 32; Prism Sound Orpheus; Lynx Hilo
  • Equalizer: Elberg MD-12 MK2 (2); KAB Souvenir EQS MK12
  • Disc: Rek-O-Kut Rondine 3; Technics SP-10MK2 w/ SME 3102-R tonearm; Technics SL-1200MK2 (KAB Custom)
  • Cylinder: Archeophone
  • Microcassette: JBR Technologies
  • Cassette: Nakamichi Dragon; Nakamichi MR-1; Tascam 122MKIII
  • MiniDisc: Sony MDS-E11; Sony MDS-E12
  • DAT: Panasonic SV-3700; Sony TCD-D10 Pro II; Tascam DA-40
  • ¼” open reel tape: Studer A-820; Otari MTR-10; Otari MX-5050 (3)
  • ½” open reel tape: Otari MTR-12
  • Multi-track: Alesis ADAT (2); Tascam DA-88
  • Compact Disc: Sony CDP-2700; Marantz PMD321


  • Moviola 4-plate
  • Steenbeck 8-Plate
  • Elmo film to video transfer units: TRV-16G; Transvideo R8; Transvideo S8



  • Software: Final Cut Pro
  • Switcher: Extron MCP 1000; Panasonic WJ-225R
  • Monitor: Sony HR Trinitron
  • Color sync generator: Horita RM-50II
  • TBC: DPS ES-2200T
  • Converters: Teranex 2D Processor, Canopus ADVC-500
  • Digital Betacam/BetacamSP/BetacamSX: Sony J-30
  • Betacam SP: Sony UVW-1800
  • VHS: Aiwa HV-MX1
  • SVHS: Panasonic AG-1970; JVC BR-S822U
  • Hi8/8mm: Sony EVO-9800A
  • Mixer/Splitter: Behringer Ultralink Pro
  • DVCAM/DV: Sony DSR-25
  • Digital Betacam: Sony DVW-A500
  • U-matic: Sony VO-9800

Cleaning, Inspection and Treatment Equipment

  • Keith Monks disc cleaning machine
  • Fisher Scientific oven
  • Farberware commercial convection oven
  • Film winds and inspection tables (35mm, 16mm, 8mm)
  • RTI 490 VHS Tape Cleaner


File Specifications

Preservation Access
Audio* Uncompressed PCM, 96kHz/24-bit, BWF MP3 codec, 44.1 kHz/16-bit, MP3 (320kbps)
Video** 10-bit FFV1, MKV H.264, MP4 (5000kbps)
*Native sample rates & bit depth for DATs
**Native codec for DV, DVCAM, and DVCPro

Digital Preservation Storage

All preservation masters are stored on a secure server with strict read/write/delete permissions. Specialized replication and backup exists to generate 2 additional copies in alternate locations, with integrity checks performed every 90 days. Preservation related code and documentation can be found in UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries’ Longleaf and Pinecone repositories on github.

Discovery and Access

Files that have been made available online are linked from our finding aids, while DuraCloud supports our streaming access and storage needs.