Curtis aims to digitise every student recital

Curtis aims to digitise every student recital


norman lebrecht

March 20, 2017

Get your heads around this:

Challenges: 175 students, 100 recitals per year, each recital recorded 4GB per file

While the Curtis Institute of Music had already taken steps towards migrating its huge collection of recordings from tape cassettes to CDs, the accelerated rate of format change proved difficult to keep up with, and Curtis began to look towards a better long-term storage solution.

Curtis’ collection of audio and visual files is vast, and rapidly expanding. There are about 100 concerts in the student recital series alone, plus orchestra concerts, operas, masterclasses, and tour performances each year. Each student recital needs to be recorded and cataloged for future reference. Audio files can range from 100-300MB and video files from 1-8GB.

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  • Robert Holmén says:

    That’s about 1 to 2 terabytes per year, I think… that should be well within their means to afford and manage.