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Uist Digitisation Centre

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The Uist Digitisation Centre evolved out of the Tobar an Dualchais project,, which was set up to digitise, catalogue and make available on-line more than 12,000 hours of recordings in Gaelic and Scots from the collections of the School of Scottish Studies, National Trust for Scotland and BBC Scotland.

Following on from the experience gained TAD developed the Uist Digitisation Centre as a commercial enterprise. It is now one of the largest UK audio operations providing professional digitising services.

Audio collections from many prestigious institutions including BBC Maida Vale, National Museums Scotland and Manx National Heritage have been transferred from analogue to digital. In addition to these the centre has also processed small and private collections.

The centre is equipped to the highest standard and provides fireproof and waterproof storage for tapes and discs while held on-site. The staff are highly skilled, experienced in handling archival and heritage assets and providing professional digital reproduction and restoration of audio.

Every effort is made to provide faithful reproduction of audio with all files supplied up to archival standard.


We provide faithful digital reproduction of audio recordings from:

78s and vinyl discs
Acetate, polyester and paper open reel tapes

We clean discs and bake sticky tapes.

We handle reels up to 10 inches in size at speeds of 3¾, 7½, and 15 inches per second and less common speeds such as 1? ips.

Files are delivered at all standard resolutions from archive standard 96khz/24-bit to CD quality 44.1khz/16-bit. Other formats and resolutions provided according to archive holder's requirements.

We can improve audio quality by correcting speed issues; removing or reducing crackle, hum, hiss and background noise.

All source material is held within fireproof and waterproof storage while on site.

Visit the site:

Tobar an Dualchais

Please also visit Tobar an Dualchais which contains thousands of oral recordings recorded in Scotland and further afield, from the 1930s onwards. The items you can listen to include stories, songs, music, poetry and factual information.

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