Restoration

The old-beloved vinyl

Since late 1982, when CD’s took control of recorded media, the public have been left with old vinyl LP’s and analogue tapes, slowly deteriorating on their shelves. In many cases, these recordings have not been transferred to CD by the record company – or the consumer no longer needs or wants large, space eating Hi-Fi separates – leaving no way of playing these masterpieces.

Analogue CassetteYou may have a drawer full of old tapes, with priceless recordings of your child’s nativity, first words, or maybe just a guitar piece you never got round to doing anything with.

This is where we can help.

We can transfer your old vinyl LP’s, cassette tapes, Minidiscs, DATs or even some Reel-to-Reels to CD or mp3 for iTunes, using good quality equipment – keeping the digital sources in the digital domain, saving any loss of quality. Then we can either transfer it straight to Compact Disc or, use our restoration software to clean it up – removing hiss, scratches or hum etc, making it as good as new.

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iZotope RX™ 2 Advanced is the most complete audio repair toolkit on the market, enabling you to remove noise, hiss, buzz and hum, eliminate clicks and crackle, restore clipped audio, visually select and suppress unwanted sounds, resynthesize missing audio and much more.

With RX 2 Advanced, iZotope is introducing a new class of audio manipulation tool called Deconstruct. Deconstruct intelligently separates audio into tonal and noisy components. For example, a singer’s voice has tonal parts (vowels, M and N sounds) and noisy sounds (breath sounds and sibilance like H, S and Sh).

RX 2 gives you the power to separate and rebalance these audio building blocks, opening up creative possibilities like accentuating only the tonal parts of a flute or sax recording, or bringing out the airy qualities of a nuanced vocal performance.

The Declick module and Declicker plug-in automatically identify clicks, pops and digital impulse noises and remove them seamlessly. For the best performance, select from one of several algorithms for periodic or random clicks. Additionally, the application’s Interpolate mode allows you to make manual sample-level corrections to audio.
The newly added Decrackle mode and Decrackler plug-in are designed to treat continuous background crackle from vinyl and similar sources.

The Declip module and Declipper plug-in reconstruct peaks damaged by clipping at either the analog or digital stage. Use the level histogram to pinpoint where the damage starts. Set the Clipping threshold to set where peak resynthesis will begin.

Automatically identify the base frequency of hum for precise removal of the fundamental and harmonics. The module will even recommend when Denoise should be used to more effectively treat certain kinds of hum

For transparently repairing problems or filling in gaps, Spectral Repair is at the heart of the visual editing engine in RX. Once a problem sound has been indentified and selected, the Spectral Repair algorithms are able to resynthesize the audio while taking into consideration tonal harmonics, nonlinear pitch changes like vibrato, background noise characteristics and transient events. With the power of these tools, you can remove unwanted, interfering sounds ranging from dogs barking to string squeaks and missed notes.