Transfer and restore your vintage
recordings to newer storage media.
Some of the most rewarding work we do is
restoring the content of older recordings which exists only on obsolete media
such as cassettes and reel to reel tapes. Many of the projects we have
completed involved interviews or performances recorded 30 or 40 years ago.
Often cassettes or reel to reel tapes
stored since the 50s, 60s, and 70s are so fragile that attempting playback on
ordinary machines is not recommended. We take great care with this older media,
and prepare it as necessary for one pass audiophile transfers in which the
audio is converted to digital format.
We then work with the digital encodings so
we can return your master to you.
The digital recordings can be restored
using state of the art software. We can greatly reduce hiss, remove some
undesireable audio artifiacts like clicks and pops, and enhance the sound
quality and intelligibility of your recordings.
We provide you with a master of the
original transfer, and one of the restored audio as well.
Many of our clients request that we
duplicate the restored recordings onto CDs so they can be given as gifts. We
can replicate the CDs and prepare inserts and other CD packaging materials in
house. All you pay is our regular rate of $50.00 per hour for our work. There
is no charge for standard materials.
Some recent projects include:
- Two teenage sisters, now adults with
their own teenage children, interviewed their great-grandmother about what her
life was like in the early 1900s.
- A woman's father, who was a popular
radio host, had left professional reel to reel recordings of some of his radio
show appearances to his daughter, who did not have the equipment to listen to
- A cassette recording of a grandmother
who passed away in 1972 was found in a shoebox. Until they listened to the
restored recording, her children and grandchildren had not heard her voice or
her music in 30 years.
- A legal firm needed police interview
recordings only available on cassette transferred to CDs so they could use them
in researching and preparing their case.
- A composer needed recordings of her
pieces, made 30 years ago during a performance, transferred and restored so she
could use them as demo material.
- A mother and father had cassette
recordings of a son's performance with an internationally renowned boy's choir
transferred to CD, so they would not lose this important part of their family
Transfer costs vary with the restoration
work necessary and equipment required for playback. Please contact us to discuss your project.
Many cassette and reel to reel recordings
made prior to 1975 are getting dangerously near the end of their usable
lifespan. Please, if you have recordings that are important to you and your
family, get them transferred to a newer format soon!
Online music delivery requires that your
audio be available in a compressed format. Standard audio files are too large
to be practical for download or streaming. Some common formats include MP3s,
WMA, and protected formats like those used by music on iTunes. Many audio file
encoders/converters are available for home use, and some artists choose to do
their media encoding themselves.
But if you want quality encodings, using
the best software codecs, made by an engineer with a discerning ear, we suggest
that you let us do the work for you. We feel our encodings sound better than
the average musician can do at home.
Charge for file encoding is our usual rate
of $50.00 per hour.