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Raising the Q-bar

The Swiss National Sound Archives, under the slogan Raising the Q(uality) bar initiates, promotes, and participates in a number of projects that aim to optimize the playback quality of each and every sound recording, thus helping to enhance the emotions aroused in the user at the time of listening.


By observing the surface of a record with the assistance of a microscope, the variation of the groove is easily visible. It should be possible to restore the sound starting from a picture of a record! (...)



HearTomorrow seeks to educate and promote awareness of the damage to our hearing caused by continued exposure to loud sounds. And so this initiative has the goal of better learning, better listening, and better sound. (...)


Save the BRSSave the BRS

In a remote corner of the world, even if in reality it is not so remote, as it is located near Soweto, Johannesburg, and Pretoria, the largest cities in South Africa, we discovered quite by chance a structure dedicated to the world of sound simply fantastic. It is the BOP Recording Studios & Resort (BRS), designed and built in the early nineties by Swiss architect Thomas Rast and world-renowned acoustician Tom Hidley. (...)


International Year of Sound 2020+IYS 2020+

The International Year of Sound is a global initiative to highlight the importance of sound and related sciences and technologies for all in society. It consists of coordinated activities on regional, national, and international levels, which aim to stimulate the understanding throughout the world of the important role that sound plays in all aspects of our society. (...)



Our research and development team has long dealt with the technical aspects to be taken into consideration in order to correctly replay a 78 rpm record. On this page, we have decided to disclose the results of so much work, creating and releasing a small web application that can be of help to all those who have in their hands a 78 rpm record to replay. (...)



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