Frequently Asked Questions
(With All The Answers)


Frequently Asked Questions
... About Audio Restoration

Q: Isn't Audio Restoration expensive?
A: It depends on just how much work is required to restore the recording, whether the work requires a lot of manual "detailing" or can it be an automatic process.

Q: Are there different levels or degrees of restoration that would affect the cost?
A: Yes. The cost is lowest where a phonograph disc is in good condition and only needs transferring to another medium, with some equalization and minimal other work. A firm price quotation can be given by examining the recordings you want restored, and determining the degree of work to be done.

Q: What medium is the finished work supplied on?
A: In most cases, DAT (Digital Audio Tape) or recordable Compact Disc (CDr), but cassette can also be supplied, as well as open reel tape.

Q: I have a lot of vinyl records that I'd like to have on CD. Is this possible and can I mix selections from different recordings?
A: Yes it is possible, and you can design your own personalized CD with your favorites, all in the order you choose. The only requirement is, to comply with copyright laws, you must own the original discs.

Q: Does the process damage the original records at all?
A: No more than playing a record would damage it. Most of the restoration is done in the digital form, long after the record is played.

Q: How do I get my records restored?
A: Nothing could be simpler... you mail us the record/tape/source, we'll mail the cleaned-up version back on the format of your choice. Like we said, nothing could be simpler!

... About Recordable Compact Discs
Direct-From-DAT and CD-ROM's

Q: How long does it take to make a CDr?
A: From a properly prepared DAT, it takes only slightly more than the amount of time required to play it. Your DAT will be checked to make sure it is properly recorded, and once the CDr is made, it will be finalized to make it playable on any normal CD player, exactly like a mass produced CD.

Q: Does the running time affect the cost?
A: Yes, but on average, only to a small degree... a less than 30 minute CDr is slightly less cost, but otherwise, "One size fits all". (Really short "one tune" CDr's ARE significantly less!)

Q: How long does a CDr last?
A: For practical purposes, a well treated CDr will outlive you! The "gold" formula CDr's are expected to have a life span of over 100 years, so pass it on to your heirs!

Q: Can you make a CDr from a regular audio cassette?
A: Yes, but there is an additional charge for preparing an intermediate DAT or workstation copy from your cassette. Other work can be done at the same time such as equalization, limiting, noise reduction, and adding reverb, stereo or other enhancing effects.

Q: What is the maximum recording time that I can put on a CDr?
A: Up to a maximum of 74 minutes according to the CD "Red Book" standard. It is possible to exceed this by using a non-standard 80 minute CDr, or by going to an Exabyte or 1630 master which is significantly more cost than a CDr master. You can see that it pays to keep within the CDr timings!

Q: Is it possible to make 10 or 20 CDr's at less than the "master" grade CDr's?
A: Yes. Small scale CDr replication can be done up to where it would be practical (about a quantity of 300) to make a glass master and do a small pressing run.

Q: Can you duplicate data CD-ROM's?
A: Yes. Provided you own the rights to copy the material contained on the CD-ROM, they can be duplicated on a small scale for the same prices as a regular audio CDr.




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