Featured at this year's Winter NAMM TEC Tracks was the popular "A Musician's Guide to Archiving" panel.

Anaheim Winter NAMM 2918 - Featured at this year's Winter NAMM TEC Tracks was the popular "A Musician's Guide to Archiving" panel at the Anaheim Hilton adjacent to the Convention Center. 

Pictured (L-R) are moderator Lenise Bent and panelists Jack Douglas, Producer/Recording Engineer; Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Recording Artist; Kelly Pribble, Archive Engineer, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services; Dan Johnson, Archive Engineer, United Recording; and Dave McEowen, Archive Engineer, UMG/Capitol Studios. Photo by David Goggin.

Pictured (L-R) are moderator Lenise Bent and panelists Jack Douglas, Producer/Recording Engineer; Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Recording Artist; Kelly Pribble, Archive Engineer, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services; Dan Johnson, Archive Engineer, United Recording; and Dave McEowen, Archive Engineer, UMG/Capitol Studios. Photo by David Goggin.

"The wealth of experience and knowledge with this panel was astounding," remarked moderator and acclaimed recording engineer and archivist Lenise Bent. "Jeff Baxter brought to light insights about high level security issues and the possible future of data storage; Kelly Pribble recounted restoration of salt-encrusted Jamaican Reggae masters that could only be played once before they fell apart; Dave McEowen shared his insight into working with fire damaged tapes and masters that suffer from vinegar syndrome; and Jack Douglas told a very moving story about working with Dan Johnson to recover a John Lennon cassette that Ringo Starr thought was lost."

NAMM attendees this year learned how professional archival facilities rescue audio from deteriorating tapes, keeping assets viable after tape becomes unplayable. Sending digital copies for mastering and mixing means no damage or mishaps to fragile tapes. Digital files can be electronically delivered, while assets are always safe and available.

The NAMM Convention TEC Tracks offered 70-plus free sessions for sound, studio and stage professionals. These big-picture sessions featured industry thought leaders presenting innovative ideas in recording, live sound, event technology and music business. https://www.namm.org/