Audio Recordings Preserved onto Gold CDs
I copy cardboard discs, dictation belts, wire reels, poorly-made tapes,
broken cassettes, etc, and put the restored sound onto CDs and cassettes.
Services include choosing and implementing the restoration techniques
most appropriate to recovering the basic
sound of your originals. Additional work may include assembling
fragments created by repairing repeating and skipped grooves, bad
tape splices, etc., into an uninterrupted program and removing prominent
remaining clicks and pops by human editing. Digital systems in use
include those made by Cedar, Smaartlive, Sound Forge, Waves and
Wavelab. I often get surprisingly fine results, considering the
original recording equipment's limitations and the effects of the
passage of time and casual storage. My objective is to balance recovering
the distinctive audio picture of those on the record with the suppression
of undesirable background noise.
A reasonable number of your old recordings can be sent
here for a free, no obligation estimate;
check with me first. After inspecting your items, I'll let you know
what problems I expect and what the charges will probably be. Some
difficulties disclose themselves only late in the process. If additional
studio time becomes significant, we discuss the costs and benefits
of investing further time before continuing.
I make all CD copies on white inkjet printible gold CDs manufactured
by Mitsui or other reliable original products. Though a gold reflective
layer offers a lifespan much greater than the common aluminum and
silver discs which can oxidize and become non-reflective over time.
it's the latter group that is on the shelves in the mass-market
office supply and computer electronics chains.
I'm Steve Smolian, performing sonic restoration
magic for over 40 years, operating Smolian Sound Studios in Frederick,
MD. I welcome work in any quantity, from a family with a few home
recordings to projects from large archives.
Logo drawing by Steve Stiles
site ©2001 Steven Smolian. rev.2