terry cromer

Restoration Repair and Mastering

It is not that long ago that all recording was on analogue magnetic tape only. Many of these tapes are now in poor condition and require transfer to a new archive medium so they can have current or future use otherwise they will be lost forever. Many of these were recorded in the 1980s when new ecological manufacturing conditions determined a tape backing which started to disintegrate after less than 5 years. Similarly many old tapes will only play back accompanied by a high pitched squeal due to lack of lubrication.

I have the experience and specially modified equipment to stabilise these valuable masters, be they analogue or digital, and carefully transfer them to a digital file format. I can also use judicious noise and distortion removal techniques to create immediate commercial possibilities for the restored masters. I use a vast array of software and analogue tools. Our experience over 35 years of recording has given me the knowledge to give the best results.

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Vinyl discs are currently enjoying a revival with many old and not so old recordings being reissued. Discs are unfortunately very vulnerable to damage and many recordings only exist on a damaged item.

Typical damage is dust, fungal mould and worn stylus damage which if played can cause further damage. Sometimes the discs have further suffered physical damage such as scratches.

Before vinyl, shellac and wax were the standard for 78 rpm recordings. The method for mastering to vinyl disc has always been a consistent standard of 33 1/3 or 45 RPM. These 78rpm recordings used many different different cutting needle sizes and were recorded with many different equalisation settings that make accurate playback on modern cartridges impossible. Many record companies did not even use 78rpm and used mastering speeds between 68 and 90 rpm making correct pitch and key difficult to determine.

I have the knowledge and specialist equipment to make the best transcription to a 192kHz 32 bit digital format. It can then be archived for future use or carefully treated, descratched, declicked, depopped and removal of cutting lathe rumble.