With Audio Restoration No Record or Tape Transfers are the same. Sometimes the Restoration Service we provide requires more detailed work. This can be when a Record will not play through without sticking or jumping & requires editing together in a DAW. Enhancing Dialogue with Random Volume & Noise Spikes & Motor Hum especially on old Reel to Reel & Cassette Audio Tapes. As in the art of Mastering Audio there are no quick fixes with software presets. At the final analysis with any Audio Restoration experience & your ears are your final judge.
Reel to Reel Tape Baking
A few brands of Studio Reel to Reel Audio tape from the 70’s & 80’s especially Ampex suffer from what is known as Sticky-Shed Syndrome. Some of these Tapes are treated before being transferred with a process called Baking. Most Domestic Tape Brands used on Home Recorders & Professional Studio Tape pre 1970 do not need Baking. We provide this additional service with Tape Transfers when it is required.
Below are a few Clips where we have had to spend a bit more time Restoring Old and Damaged Vinyl Records & Audio Tape.
This original Metal Acetate Disk from the early 1950’s was extreamly worn. The following 2 clips show the original as transferred with Considerable Surface Noise & loud Clicks. The Restored Clip has quite a bit of the Surface Noise Removed as well as the loud clicks.
Dialogue on old Reel to Reel Audio Tapes can be enhanced. This Wedding Ceremony was recorded in the Middle or Rear of the Church with a Single Microphone, The Wedding vows are difficult to hear. Once Transferred to Digital by cutting the file into small sections then applying High & Low Pass Filters with high quality Parametric EQ its possible to Enhance Different Sections of the Recording as can be heard below whilst still maintaining the ambiance in the church for continuity with the rest of the Recording.
Conversations from old Family Recordings on Cassette Tape or Reel to Reel Tape can also be enhanced as per this Original & Restored Clip.
The following extract was from a Male Voice Choir recorded at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester and never issued on CD. This Record stuck in places and had to be edited together. It was not possible to hear the edits. Clicks, Crackles and Surface Noise were also removed.
78 records can be the most challenging. But as many 78’s are one of a kind Original Recordings they are very gratifying to Restore. Significant improvement can always be made but the condition of the original record will always dictate how much overall improvement can be made. The following before & after extracts are from very well played original 78 Acetate Records. The Restored Recordings are considerably clearer with much of the Background Noise removed.
We use excellent industry standard equipment to play all Analogue Audio & Video. Superb Quality Arcam Phono Preamp with Linn & Rega Turntables, Denon MC Cartridge for 33 & 45 RPM Vinyl. A dedicated Turntable & Pre-amp is used for 78 Records. Tascam, Sony, Panasonic & Denon Tape Machines recorded through Focusrite A/D Converters at a sample rate of 24/44. Industry standard professional software is used including Audio plugins from Universal Audio. Great Care is taken of all Audio Tapes, Video Tapes & Vinyl Records whilst in our possession.
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