"OUR PHILOSOPHY...Restore your LP'S...45'S and Cassettes...and irreplacable audio while preserving your precious vinyl...45's...LP Cover Art and 45 Picture Sleeves". We maintain the "warm analog sound"...
TRANSFORMING...CUSTOMIZING...AND PRESERVING YOUR VINYL AND CASSETTE COLLECTIONS...REALIZING YOUR AUDIO VISION!
There are many audiophiles...and vinyl and tape cassette collectors...and just plain folks that love records...who have old LP's...45 RPM records and numerous cassette tapes from decades ago that sound terrible with vinyl pops...hisses...surface noise and turntable hum. Our Audio Restorations offer a complete solution which enables us to convert your precious and valuable vinyl records and cassette tapes to digital format and still maintain the "warm" vinyl sound of your original vinyl recordings. Modern software and preamp technology allow us to perform this task.
VINYL IS BACK AGAIN IN A BIG WAY! 180 GM Virgin Vinyl is back...and here's you chance to preserve your new...or original...investment...and maintain complete integrity of the actual record and jacket.
We recommend and prefer the .wav format over mp3 to convert your files. MP3 files have high compression and may not yield the desired final results.
REASONS TO CONVERT
PRESERVE YOUR MEMORIES. If you have special family activities...musical or vocal performances...either on cassette tape or vinyl...consider transferring them into a digital format. You'll have them in a convenient format...and you won't run the risk of having a tape break or vinyl getting scratched. We'll also custom-label your media for you the way you want it.
WE "BABY-SIT" THE ENTIRE PROJECT. Perhaps you can get the job done cheaper...elsewhere...and perhaps it will be automated...but we prefer a human ear to do the job of noise elimination. We can also determine where many of these flaws are too by looking at the spectrogram and waveforms on our software to precisely see where the noise is. Old records will likely have cracks...pops...hisses...turntable hum...etc. After a digital copy is made...we go to work with a variety of software noise reduction programs to eliminate unwanted noise...but to keep the "warm analog sound" of vinyl. Want the noise and cracks on the finished product...NO problem...we can keep that on for you too...even the needle drop if you want that too! All recordings are done "flat"... with no EQ at all. Noise reduction...track separation are done in the second step of making your finished product. Finally we master/enchance your entire project to finish it off so it sounds the best it can be. This part of the conversion is highly labor intensive...but well worth the investment!
"CUSTOMIZE" YOUR RECORDINGS. How many times have you gone and bought one of your favorite LP's on CD...and found out it's been compromised? Songs...truncated before their proper finish...songs completely left off in the interest of "editing"...or added tracks you don't either need or want? You won't have to worry about those issues with us. We will "customize" your precious vinyl recordings the way you want. Wish to change the order of songs???...we can do that! Wish to make a "special collection" of several favorite LP tracks on one CD???...we can do that. That's the beauty of having us customize your project. We'll take care of it for you!
HISTORICAL VALUE...Recordings on cassettes found in time-capsules from years ago and other valuable public recordings can be converted and saved for future generations in a format that will not degrade over time.
STORE ON YOUR EXTERNAL HDD. If you have a large collection...or special collection...and really want to protect it...we can save your collection on your external HDD. External Hard Drives of 3 or4 TB or larger are inexpensive now and can provide an excellent device to save your precious tracks. Pull your player up...and load your songs in...easy as that!
LABELING. After we complete the conversion project...we'll label all the tracks for you...complete with time and header.
COPIES. Family and friends sometimes "borrow" LP's or cassettes. Do they always come back in the same condition? Perhaps...or maybe not. Why not have us make a copy of their favorites...from your collection...for only a small additional fee. Everyone wins!
CLIENT PROJECTS. Our Client projects have ranged from standard LP and Cassette transfers...to personal family keepsakes and even a funeral! The folks we've worked with have expressed a high level of satisfaction from our work...a number of them have even returned for additional projects. We look forward to discussing your needs and then turning your vision into a solid audio project to be enjoyed for many years. Some vintage vinyl we haved worked with is over 60 years old!
With the advent of USB turntables there is much excitement about converting vinyl to digital format for those folks who wish to do it themselves. However feedback we are hearing indicates less than satisfactory results with such turntables as they do not offer the quality or stability of a vintage turntable and preamp such as we use in our process.
Our equipment includes a vintage Techniques SL-3200 Direct Drive Turntable and Shure M95ED Cartridge...both in excellent condition. We have maintained our original analog equipment in perfect condition over almost 40 years. We also use a Audio Technica AM150 Preamp for converting phono and tape signals. We then "normalize" the tracks to maintain the RIAA curve originally used in the recording process. Then your project is processed through a variety of noise reduction software for best results.
For cassette conversions we use a state of the art Sony TCWE 475 Cassette Deck which has yielded excellent operational results and we have assisted customers to restore and convert this media as well. Enhancement of tapes is possible to some extent. The Dual Cassette option also allows us to make an additional cassette copy for you as well if desired.
Our computer systems are state of the art. We use an H-P Pavilion computer with 8 GB RAM and a 1 TB HDD. We also have two external HDD...a 1 TB and a 4 TB for additional storage. We also use a Dell Inspiron Laptop with 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB HDD for field projects and additional computer power. We also have a 500 GB and a 1 TB external HDD for the Laptop.
If your records have deep skips or cracks in them...there is little or nothing we can do to avoid that during the transfer. We can reduce all but the severest of scratches on your vinyl. The success of each restoration will depend on the actual condition of your records and tapes at the time we do the work. If your original media has been neglected and are in very poor condition...we will do our very best to improve the sound and eliminate as much noise as possible...but in those conditions we can't guarantee 100% success.
CURRENT PRICING :
CD and Cassette Copies...$10.00 Each
Fee includes...vinyl transfer and digital copy...track separation...preservation...restoration...enhancing...and label printing. The same standards apply for tape cassette recordings also. Actual fee will depend on the amount of prep work...noise-reduction...enchancement...and track separation involved.
We will be happy to discuss your custom project with you.
E-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
67 Lyman Street
Westbrook, Maine 04092-3540
Call us at 207-420-7683