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January 2012
Paul Mahern Presentation at ARSC Convention

Listen to an audio recording of Paul Mahern's presentation "Vintage Recording in the Digital Age" at the 2011 ARSC Convention in Los Angeles, which was recently released online. Paul describes the process of recording John Mellencamp's "No Better Than This" (produced by T-Bone Burnett). Click here for the audio. (Scroll down to the middle of Thursday, May 12, 2011 and look for Paul's name.)

December 2011
MAP Preserves Audio for The Archives of African American Music at IU

Mahern Archival has undertaken audio preservation duties for The Archives of African American Music at Indiana University Bloomington.

December 2011
MAP Preserves Deborah Meier Collection for Lilly Library at IU

Mahern Archival was recently awarded the contract to digitize the audio and video portions of the Deborah Meier Collection at Indiana University's Lilly Library. Here is a description of that collection:

The Meier mss., 1927-2009, consists of the papers of Deborah Willen Meier (1931-), an education reformer and the founder of the modern small schools movement in the United States. Materials in the collection include schoolwork and childhood writings by Meier; personal, political, and professional correspondence; drafts and final copies of many of Meier’s writings; writings by others on Meier and her projects; notes for speeches; documents on the organization of the Central Park East schools, Mission Hill school, the Coalition Campus Schools Project, and other educational initiatives; school newsletters and mailings to parents; student work and recorded performances; student assessments; conference materials; honors and awards; and video and audio recordings of Meier interviews and speeches.

September 2010
Mahern Archival Now Offers Film & Video Preservation Services

Mahern archival is proud to announce that we now offer preservation services for film and video collections. We bring the same standard of excellence to this new aspect of our business as we have held for our audio preservation work, and we can handle most any format. Contact us about future-proofing your film and video assets.

December 2009
Secretly Canadian Records Group Chooses MAP

Secretly Canadian Records Group (which also includes the Jag Jaguwar and Dead Oceans labels) has called upon Mahern Archival to preserve their extensive DAT collection. The collection includes master recordings of great artists like Songs:Ohia and Okkervil River.

April 2009
John Mellencamp Archives Preserved by MAP

John Mellencamp has entrusted his entire recorded audio archive to Mahern Archival for proper preservation for the years to come. The archive includes analog and born-digital multi-tracks; reel-to-reel, DAT, and DAW-based masters.

Midway through the project, Mellencamp was approached about licensing his classic song "Hurt So Good" to Activision for their Guitar Hero video game. MAP pulled the original 2" tape, baked and transferred it to Pro Tools, then Paul Mahern recreated the original mix for a stems delivery (each instrument is level-mixed by the game, depending on which part the player chooses).

This is a perfect example of the ways proper digitization and cataloging can help streamline the licensing of archival materials.
Read the full article on

March 2009
Yogi Bhajan Lecture Archives Entrusted to MAP

The estate of Yogi Bhajan, the man responsible for bringing Kundalini Yoga to the United Sates, has recently partnered with Mahern Archival to properly preserve over 5,000 lectures given by the Yogi before his death. These lectures were recorded on cassette tapes during the Yogi's time in the US. He arrived in 1969 and lived here until his death in 2004.

June 2009
Interview with Paul Mahern, by Jim Manion

Paul Mahern is an engineer on a mission: facilitate the analog-to-digital archiving process in any way he can. Sparked by his experience with Indiana University’s Sound Directions project, Mahern has launched Mahern Archival Preservation (MAP) to provide these critical services to all.

“This is an important issue we all have with our analog recordings,” Mahern says, “and we have to decide if we want to keep them. These old tape machines are breaking down. The machines are dying; a lot of the tapes need to be baked. The next ten years are going to be very critical for this material.”

Mahern’s eyes were opened to the audio archiving process and the overwhelming demand for it while on the staff of Indiana University.
Read the full interview with Paul Mahern.

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