Do you have any old vinyl records (33, 45 or 78 rpm), or cassette tapes, stored away in a box or cupboard because you no longer have the audio equipment to play them on? Have you tried without success to find your old favourite music on CD?
We can transfer those old recordings to CD for you, and also restore the audio quality as close as possible to the original “as new” playing condition.
What Can Be Done?
We can remove, or greatly reduce, all the clicks, pops, crackles and scratches that appear on vinyl recordings over time. Persistent background noises, such as “tape hiss”, can be almost completely eliminated. If general wear and tear has reduced the overall audio quality so that the music sounds lifeless and flat, we can breathe life back into your old favourites to make them sound almost as good as new.
Alternatively, if all you require is for your music to be transferred to CD, without any restoration work, we are also happy to do this.
How It Is Done
Your original records or tapes are always handled with the utmost care and attention.
Records are first examined and as much surface dust and dirt as possible gently removed. Usually, this will be done using a soft, dry cloth, but if the surface is particularly dusty or has sticky patches or other stains, it may be necessary to wash the record using lukewarm water. If water is used, all care will be taken to ensure that the centre label on the record does not get wet, and the record will be dried using a soft cloth. Under NO circumstances will sprays or other solvents be used in the cleaning process.
Tapes will generally require little maintenance, although the cassette will be checked to ensure there are no loose screws or other problems which may prevent the tape from running smoothly.
Records are played on a good quality turntable from a component stereo system. This is directly connected to the computer via a “pre-amp” device. This device allows the audio signal to be recorded directly from the turntable to the computer, and provides improved capture quality over other methods.
Tapes are played on a standard stereo system and captured to the computer via the headphone connection and sound card. Note that the tape player has an “auto-stop” feature which stops the playback immediately if the tape starts to come unwound, which is a common problem with old tapes. This prevents your tape from continuing to unwind inside the stereo system, which may cause severe damage or even breakage of the tape.
Each individual track on an album will be recorded as a separate file, stored in WAV file format for maximum quality and minimal data loss.
Any required restoration work will then be done using the most recent version of MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab software.
The final product will then be burnt to high-quality CDs.