|Record Type||Audio Recordings|
|Expected Use||Distribution Copy|
|Product Name||MP3 [AUD-D2]|
This file can be used when speed of transfer rate or small file sizes are more important than quality.
|Nature of Source Material||
Any digital preservation or reproduction master file.
|File Properties||Data Format||
Typical file size
128 Kbps: ~ .96 MB/minute or .057 GB/hour
|Possible File Derivatives||
Derivatives are not made from this product category.
Quality Control for Digital Audio Files
Using automated batch-processing software tools, test plans are developed for each format and/or each appropriate project. The test plan allows for some characteristics to be evaluated on an actionable basis (warning, fail or pass depending on the defined parameters). Others are logged for internal use but are not actionable as a warning, pass or fail. Aim points for these benchmarks are evaluated against NARA's product specifications as well as NARA defined aim points which may change depending on specific project goals. The following represents the quality test plan technical characteristics for WAV and MP3 products.
Item Level Evaluation: Automated Quality Analysis
Fixity: NARA is evaluating workflows to create and validate checksums for each digital file.
Terms used in the QC protocols are defined in the Glossary of Terms.
The digital preservation masters products produced by the Audio Preservation Lab are in line with published guidelines and best practices including the IASA TC-04: Guidelines for the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects and ARSC Preservation of Archival Sound Recordings.
Reproduction masters are also BWF files but at the minimum CD Quality specification.
Distribution copies include a CD output option as well as an online delivery option.