INA’s Sound Archives

INA offers a wide range of programmes and clips to professionals for their audiovisual projects. Among its collections, INA features a variety of high-quality musical repertoires, promoted and marketed to independent labels, major studios, aggregators and audio platforms.

INA’s clients embarking on projects involving CD, LP or digital audio are given tailor-made support. Whether they are based in South Korea, the UK, the US, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Brazil or the Netherlands, clients will find jazz, classical music, variety shows, pop and rock repertoires in the INA catalogue. Most of INA's clients are independent labels and major studios in the record industry, but they also include digital platforms and aggregators. These clients are keen to discover "live" audio treasures, and rare - or even historical - recordings, which are sourced mainly from the radio collection and, occasionally, from television (with the sound isolated from the images).  INA's Sound Archives provide high-quality recordings, which is one of the priority issues for editors.

In order to best meet its clients’ expectations, INA coordinates with the Institute's documentation, legal and technical departments. Researchers specialising in jazz and classical music (the National Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra and recitals) have been working hard for many years upstream to promote radio musical content. An audio restoration specialist makes high-resolution digital copies of the recordings as well as restoring them, while a multimedia technical manager plans and supervises large-scale works. INA’s Legal Department provides analyses for all audio licences.

Every year, INA presents a rich and varied musical offer at the Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale (MIDEM), which adds a new dimension to the increasingly successful LP publishing projects.

In this, the paperless age, a taste for handsome objects, attractive visuals and artwork is making a comeback. It is also a way of refocusing the audio product on the human adventure of the performers, musicians and composers, who have passed these musical treasures down to us, as well as noting a chapter in their story and conveying it to the public. The return of the culture of LP sound among audiophiles is a question of feeling: it is a sound that is considered "warmer" and more "alive" compared to digital.

New "prestige" box sets were produced at the end of 2019, with further sets planned for 2020 and 2021. These will help to raise the profile and influence of INA's collections in France and on the international stage. 

  • Box sets with the major studios: Scott Ross, Hephzibah Menuhin, Samson François at Warner Classics (UK); Johnny Hallyday, Marie Laforêt, Léo Ferré for Universal Music France.
  • With the aggregator Music Manager (Denmark) for concerts by the National Orchestra in particular.
  • With independent labels: LP - Art Blakey, Billy Harper, Jef Gilson and Lester Young with Sam Records (France); Pharoah Sanders for Transversales Disques (France); a Dexter Gordon CD and LP series with Elemental Music (Spain) and Don Cherry with Blank Forms (USA); Amalia Rodrigues in Paris with Valentim de Carvalho (Portugal).
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