Magnetically shielded masters storage

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/04/2001 - 08:55

I got ripped this morning and had a thought. Has anybody every constucted a magnetically shileded storage bin for their media masters? I know 1/4" reels will store well in the right atmostphere, but unfortunately I don't have the ideal atmosphere. I have a 2 bedroom condo.
So would this be hard to do? It wouldn't have to be very large because I want it to be "Moving Truck Movable" when I move outta this hell whole (no sp error on that-the whole place is hell).
Would this thing need to be electrically powered? Or is it possible to do it passively?

I don't know about building a magnetically shielded storage bin...but unless you're storing them next to an electric motor (or in a speaker), you should be fine. I think you'll find variations in temperature and humidity more of a detriment to their health and well being than 'stray field magnetics'. Then again, I could be wrong...

The only time I've been into the shielding thing is when tapes are transported. Mu-metal or Mu-metal/copper shielding is used for that. The sandwich stuff is hard to find and expensive.

Best bet is to store them where you don't have strong fields (like a power cord servicing a high wattage device). Where most drop the ball is in not exercising analog tape on a regular basis.

It's a pain in the ass but worth it. It's an interns job but you'll find that the biggest threat to an analog master is the tape itself when in long term storage.

TB ;)