July 3, 2017 - John Hadfield
Using Our Own Cassette-to-Digital Service
How do you treat your own items.
Anyone who knows me very well knows about my past as a professional musician. I started playing the guitar when I was a young kid and I started putting bands together by the age of 13. By the age of 17 my band was performing and making money. Not only was the bad pretty good, we were best friends too. The band stayed together for many years after high school as we recorded and performed extensively. We never reach the "rock star" status, but we did pretty well.
Fortunately we have remained friends ever since.
A week ago we had a high school reunion. And rather than go to the reunion itself, the "band" decided to spend a few days together. On Friday night, we ended up in Village Inn sharing old stories.
We were all stunned by two things. First, it felt as though time had stood still. Second, we were amazed how many experiences we had together. Through the entire night the words, "Oh yeah!" and "I forgot all about that!" were heard dozens of times.
At one point we started going back over our favorite songs we had written and recorded. We were remembering songs that were long since forgotten. Trying to remember lyrics, melodies, etc. Seeing a group of men like us in Village Inn, laughing, reciting lyrics, and even singing must have been a sight.
And it got me thinking...
When I left Village Inn that night I remembered my box of tapes. I have a box of cassette tapes from High School that I have never bothered to convert to digital. It's funny considering that's what this company does. So rather than drive home, I drove straight to our studio here. I rummaged through our storage room and found the box. I pulled these aging tapes out one by one searching for a title that would spark my interest. I grabbed about ten of the tapes and went into one of our analog-to-digital rooms and sat at one of our workstations. I put the tapes in and started digitizing them.
By 4:00 am I had finished digitizing several tapes and had found some true gems. I went through our normal process of editing, minimizing the hiss, etc. And finally created MP3s.
The following day the guys came over to the studio and we spent over four hours talking and listening to these newly digitized recordings. They sounded amazing! It was one of the funnest and most fulfilling experiences I have had in my life.
The following day I loaded all of the recordings to a shared Dropbox account where everyone could access the recordings.
I have heard from the guys several times since thanking me for taking the time and preserving these incredible memories for all of us.
Of course that wasn't the first time I had digitized my own tapes, but it had been a long time. I am always proud of what we do here, but maybe a little more so after last week. I had a little taste of what our customers experience, and I loved it. :)