• We bring spoken wisdom to life.

    This is Engage Wisdom.

  • Lectures, classes, presentations and stories have been recorded for decades...

    What do we do with all these files and decaying tapes?
    How can we find what we want and extract the meaning?

    How can we Engage Wisdom?

  • We restore, digitize, and remaster old recordings
    from any format of analog or digital media
    to professional standards.

    This is Archival Quality.

  • We put archives safely in the cloud,
    enabling global access by your community, wherever they are.

    This is a Streaming Solution.

  • Engage Wisdom empowers people to...
    search, browse, listen, read, explore, share and curate.

    This is a Living Archive.

Engage Wisdom

Engage Wisdom preserves audio archives in the cloud and empowers people to search, browse, listen, read, edit, discuss, share and curate the content.

This is a living archive.

What's Included

Engage Wisdom is a comprehensive solution for collections of recorded words.
Here's what we do for your collection:


We coordinate delivery logistics for you. For Bay Area customers, we can provide local pickup at no cost. We also offer free recycling if you wish to dispose of your tapes after archiving.


Photographs are taken of each tape giving you the full context of the original handwritten notes. These high resolution images will be presented alongside your audio files.


Physical media (cassettes, open reel tapes, etc.) are inspected for damage or deterioration and repaired as needed - preserving audio that might have otherwise been lost.


Analog recordings are captured into archival-quality files. Since our equipment's resolution far exceeds that of analog formats, we ensure full fidelity of the original recordings.


Digital files, video tapes, CDs, and other forms of media are all easily integrated into your finished archive. Collections of any format are welcome here.


All audio gets noise-reduction, tone-balancing, and volume-maximization for clear, enjoyable listening. Our proprietary audio processing is unparalleled in the industry.


We deliver your full resolution files as well as a cloud-based interface complete with photos and audio. Your archive will be all in one place, searchable by date.


After your media is in the cloud, we provide a free interface for easy access. This enables your community to search, sort, and engage with your archive.

Living Archives

Here are some examples of collections we've helped preserve:

The No Abode Archive

This collection contains the talks of a vibrant community, and hundreds of talks by Zen Master Reb Anderson, Tenshin Roshi.
See the Archive

The Suzuki Roshi Archive

This is the definitive Suzuki Roshi collection, included restored and remastered talks dating back to 1962.
See the Archive

The San Francisco Zen Center Archive

The SFZC collection is an in-progress project: the continual restoration and digitization of over 11,000 tapes.
See the Archive

Ready to preserve your collection? Start by getting a free estimate by email:

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Feeling the Love

"Our priceless archives of over 10,000 talks from the past 50 years are now safe from deterioration, and accessible by our community worldwide, thanks to Engage Wisdom. They even discovered several long lost recordings from our founder, Suzuki Roshi!"

Susan O'Connell

San Francisco Zen Center

Engage Wisdom chosen as one of five finalists, from over 200 other projects in the Wisdom Awards Challenge.

Wisdom 2.0 Conference

"Now everything is automated and crowdsourced by Engage Wisdom for better excavation of critical information, all with the convenience of working in the cloud. Brilliant!"

John Sheehy

Journalist & Oral Historian

What Does it Cost?

The cost of archiving a collection is primarily based on size and condition. With a few simple questions, we can generate a cost estimate that will be emailed to you instantly. It only takes a few minutes to find out how affordable true archival quality can be.

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About Us

Charlie Wilson


Charlie Wilson is an entrepreneur, music producer and inventor. His Oakland, California recording studio, Sonic Zen Records, has contributed to more than 200 album releases, and his acoustics consulting firm has designed dozens of recording studios and buildings. Charlie holds a B.A. in Philosophy from UC Berkeley and is passionate about preserving, sharing and engaging wisdom.

Shundo David Haye

Archive Engineer

Shundo David Haye spent ten years as Studio Manager & Audio Engineer at the BBC World Service in London before moving to San Francisco and beginning fifteen years of residential Zen practice. Now an ordained Soto Zen priest, he is very happily combining these two worlds in his work for Engage Wisdom.

Tim Black

Development Director

Tim Black is a professional consultant most comfortable wearing many hats. From masters-educated musician to cryptocurrency operations generalist, He applies his weaponized curiosity to every role he takes on. Tim brings product expertise, an eye for design, operations savvy, and 6 years of unique startup experience across the tech industry. Tim is the "operational, organizational glue."

Kim Helmuth

Sales & Support Director

Kim Helmuth is a audiophile and people person. Her background as sound engineer includes a stint teaching at the School of Audio Engineering in San Francisco. She's now an expert in consultative sales, and focuses on connecting organizations with the resources they need. She is passionate about creating community and preserving and sharing knowledge.

Laramie Crocker

Software Developer

Laramie Crocker is a systems architect and software developer, specializing in application, user interface and framework design, and tooling for teams. Laramie is the author of the open source dynamic web application framework, Dynamide. He is currently working in the areas of big data and social art sharing.

Joseph T. Tennis, PhD

Archival Specialist

Joseph T. Tennis is an Associate Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. Recent courses he has taught at the Master's and PhD level have addressed classification theory, indexing and abstracting, and social tagging. Each summer since 2009, he has brought a group of graduate students to the San Francisco Zen Center to do a month of hands-on work cataloging and preserving the archives there.

Engage Wisdom is a project of Sonic Zen, a creative audio engineering company in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Learn more about us at www.soniczenrecords.com.

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Find out more about how we can bring your archive to life.