Audio Archival and Restoration Services
Creative Audio Works are experts in archival & restoration services, including the transfer, restoration, and migration of analog audio to digital formats. We are happy to work with small or large orders, individuals or large institutions. It doesn’t matter if you have one family recording from the 1940’s that you’d like to hear on CD or a library of thousands of quarter inch master recordings to transfer and restore for access to contemporary researchers and historical and archivists. These are all important to their owners and to us. We have a wide range of both vintage and modern machines for the transfer of records (16, 33.3, 45 and 78 rpm), Audograph Disc and tapes (micro cassette, cassette, DAT, 1/4 track and 2 track 1/4″ reel-to-reel).
Audio restoration is a generalized term for the process of removing imperfections (such as hiss, crackle, noise, and buzz) from sound recordings. It might begin with the physical recording medium itself. For example, washing a record with a cleansing solution or cleaning moldy audiotape might be necessary as the first step in the restoration process.
Recordings are then imported to a digital audio workstation (DAW) using digital conversion hardware and software. All processing is performed with 24-bit 96KHz precision using dedicated software programs produced for audio restoration and CD mastering. DAWs are capable of removing the smallest of anomalies, often without leaving artifacts and other evidence of their removal. The finished product is then burned onto a Compact Disc, DVD or hard-drive for worry-free listening and archival.
Although fully automated solutions exist, Creative Audio Works has chosen a one-on-one approach to audio restoration. It is a time consuming process that requires a skilled audio engineer with specific experience in both music and dialogue recording techniques.
Samples of transferred and restored recordings