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This will take you to information and photos of early RCA Pregrooved Discs This will take you to information and photos of Thin Plastic Discs This will take you to information and photos of Lacquer (acetate) Discs You are here, you will find information about Discs in this section This will take you to information and photos of Radio Transcriptions This will take you to information and photos of Cardboard Discs This will take you to information and photos of Uncoated Aluminum Discs BLUEBAR
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Radio Transcription Discs
Radio transcriptions, like all phonograph records, require preparation and cleaning before they are ready to be copied to CD or cassette. They were pressed like commercial records but were not for sale to the general public. This was how syndicated radio shows were distributed in the days before tape. Many commercials, public service announcements, stock music libraries, government (including those for Armed Forces radio) and specialized programs still survive on this medium.

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    Syndicated Radio    Program Library       Movie Promo          Armed Forces
      Program Label                Label                          Label                  Radio Label

These shellac or plastic records were usually 16" in diameter though later and/or shorter ones may be 12". The big ones hold about 15 minutes per side as do some of the 12", though others of this size play at 78 rpm and last under 5 minutes.

BASIC LISTENING. Cleaning and copying to the workstation; setting basic equalization and processing the sound through the digital cleanup program; initial playing speed adjustment, $ 100 per side.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES:

ENHANCED LISTENING. This includes removing many clicks and other non-program noises by hand editing that the digital program does not. Further hiss reduction, equalization and level adjustment is $ 25 to $ 75 per side..

REPAIRS. Making a continuous program of a side interrupted by repeating or skipped grooves, $ 15 to $ 75 per side, more for those with extreme damage.

COPYING. Recording your CD or cassette copy from the restored signal including assembling the selections into playing sequence is $ 30 for the first CD or cassette, $ 20 for each thereafter. A CD can hold 14 or so 5 minute sides or 4 15 minute sides.

 


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