“The tapes sound beautiful. Thank you for the great job and the pleasant, courteous service.
It was a pleasure working with you.”

 

Restoration

Hidden away in attics, basements, closets and garages are old sound recordings, videos and photos of people, places and events that have special meaning to someone. Restoration is the term we use for converting these unique sounds and images to compact disc, DVD or high-resolution print.

Restoration is a far more sophisticated process than it may seem. Although eager amateurs may be more than willing to attempt such conversions, there is considerable risk involved in entrusting irreplaceable original materials to someone who might either damage or destroy them altogether.

Savvy clients understand the wisdom of having their priceless original acetates, vinyl discs, audiotapes, videos and photographs handled professionally. The process begins by creating a digital file.

Digitizing is necessary because no one has invented a machine that allows dropping an original in at one end and having the finished product pop out the other – like with a photocopier. Transferring original materials directly to disc isn’t practical either because of the difficulties that may arise along the way.

For example:
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In playing a disc recording, the stylus (needle) can skip a record groove – or become stuck in one.

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A 78 rpm disc requires a specific type of stylus for optimum sound transfer.

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Open-reel tapes may contain splices that fail on playback.

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Even when properly handled, an old, brittle tape may break and require repair.

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There are a variety of playback speeds and head configurations to be considered.

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The tape in vintage audiocassettes may have become tangled or broken.

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An audiocassette may be missing a pressure pad, and the tape may need to be transferred to a new shell.

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In video, the tape may be tangled, broken or detached from the takeup spool.

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A damaged section may need to be removed in order to save the rest of the tape.

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A video may need special effects added to ensure maximum picture quality.

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Vintage photos may be damaged and require special handing.

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Photos may also need extensive retouching to repair damage.


Nearly all of these matters may be addressed using specialized methods developed in this studio since 1967. Once created, a digital file can be manipulated with the highly skilled use of one or more digital workstations. Digitizing is truly necessary. Below are the reasons why.

AUDIO

bullet Program Recording Level
In audio, there is a rather strict limit to the absolute recording level acceptable by a compact disc. Beyond that limit, distortion becomes both immediate and severe. Careful use of the digital workstation allows determining the overall level of original recordings as well as the exact locations of occasional peaks. Once digitized, the level can then be set precisely for distortion-free transfer to CD.
bullet Program Length
Professional CDs may contain a maximum of 80 minutes of audio. Longer programs may require additional discs. Use of the digital workstation in dubbing to CD allows determining the exact running time of the program, as well as where a longer program might be appropriately divided for transfer to two or more discs.
bullet Program Condition
The greatest benefit of the digital process is the capacity to repair, restore or enhance poor-sounding recordings. Background sounds can be reduced, voices brought further forward, unwanted music or dialogue deleted, missing sections restored, annoying noises corrected, speed and pitch adjusted and monaural recordings enhanced for a pleasant stereo effect. All of these benefits are available to you only through the skilled, creative use of digital audio.

Delivery
When bringing an original recording here for restoration, here are some hints:
 
bullet Whatever it may be, don’t attempt to play it first. Without meaning to, you may cause harm.
bullet Carry open reel and cassette tapes in a clean paper or plastic bag.
bullet Disc recordings may be delivered in their original sleeves or jackets. Or, line a clean, unused corrugated cardboard pizza box with ordinary writing paper. Separate multiple discs with additional paper, then carry flat.
bullet Delivery from out of state is easy enough. Package very carefully, then send only by Certified U.S. Mail or United Parcel Service.

Audio Rates
Standard Process - Best Sound Quality 

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Clean a disc recording

Free
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Add leaders to open reel tape

Free
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Create a digital sound file from your original material, 60 minutes maximum

$34.95
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Trim heads & tails to eliminate sounds of needle drop and liftoff

$2.00
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Optimize recording levels, from

$5.00
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Create AIFF files for transfer to CD, approximately

$20.00
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Compact disc with printed label & standard jewel case

$5.95
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Compact disc with printed label & standard jewel case (spare)

Free
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Compact disc with printed label & standard jewel case (archival, retained on file for ten years)

Free
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Backup on multiple external hard drives (retained for one year)

Free
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Approximate Total

$67.90

Economy Process
 

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Create a digital sound file from your original material, 60 minutes maximum
$34.95
bullet Compact disc with printed label & standard jewel case, from
$ 5.95
bullet Approximate Total
$40.90

Extras
 

Correct disc mistracking, labor charge per minute
$ 1.00

Calibrate noise reduction software to reduce surface noise
$10.00

Recordings longer than 60 minutes, per minute
$   .60

Divide material into separate tracks for easy access, approximately
$16.25

Splice open-reel tape, each
$ 1.00

Audiocassette repair
(May include splicing, replacing internal parts or new shell.)
$14.95

Design of full-color custom CD cover, from

$24.95

Additional covers, printed, scored, cut & installed

$ 2.95

Design letter-quality tray liner with song titles or other information, from

$10.00

Additional tray liners, printed, scored, cut & installed

$ 1.75
 

VIDEO
Rates

Create digital video file from your original material
$34.95

Trim heads & tails to eliminate unwanted images
Included

DVD with printed label & standard jewel case
Included

DVD with printed label & standard jewel case (spare)
FREE

DVD with printed label & standard jewel case (archival copy retained on file for ten years)
FREE

Backup on multiple external hard drives (retained for thirty days)
FREE

Extras

VHS repair (May include splicing, replacing internal parts or new shell.)
$14.95

Design of full-color custom DVD cover, from
$24.95

Additional cover, printed, scored, cut & installed
$ 2.95

Design letter-quality tray liner with song titles or other information, from
$10.00

Additional tray liners, printed, scored, cut & installed
$1.75

Photo
Rates

Create high-resolution digital file from your original image
$24.95

Align and crop - remove unnecessary peripheral material
$ 1.00

Detailed retouching, per quarter-hour
$16.25

Reduce cracks in original photo
 

Remove unwanted persons or objects
 

Reconstruct missing portions, etc.
 

Restore damaged or missing text
 

Enlarge original image
 

Change image proportions
 

CDR (jpeg) with label & case
$ 5.95

*Assemble series of photos as movie on DVD - Please ask for estimate.

Summary
Skilled, creative use of digital technology to determine and then control the volume, length and condition of your original sound recordings and videos provides you with maximum quality in transfer to disk. The same system applies to restoring and preserving your priceless photos and documents from long ago. The secret, of course, is not the system but the operator.



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