| 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.
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.
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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