Scarcity and sentimental value are only two of several reasons why many recordings are very prestigious. Be it a voice recording or music, a wealth of unique audio heritage has been recorded on such media. Unfortunately, due to humidity, physical contact and various other matters; the integrity of analog tape and vinyl is worsened, and the quality of prestigious recordings is further compromised.

 

At Reanimar, we are avid audio restorers, keen to repair and revive your most treasured recordings. Together with our years of experience and fully-fledged facilities; we are able to provide our clients with various audio repair and enhancement solutions, ranging from the recovery of old recordings found on many types of tape and vinyl, to any other analog or digital recordings carrying all sorts of unwanted noise and artifacts.

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  •     what is audio restoration ?

    Restoration starts with hand cleaning vinyls or tapes by hand, using the appropriate type of chemical solution for the specific media type. Whether we are dealing with tape or laminated, shellac, soft cut - lacquer vinyl; any kind of dirt, or residual mold release compounds are completely removed.  This process ensures that the media is restored immaculately, so that it will be digitized at it's best possible state.

     

    Using some of the highest quality analog to digital converters in the industry, we then transfer the analog media onto one of our workstations where we perform in depth examination about the captured digital recording. Our expertise, experience and industry standard equipment combined, enable us to isolate and get rid of, various types of anomalies such as; hiss, hum, clicks and crackles, and others. Changes in playback speed caused by degraded media known as wow and flutter, are also  handled and fixed flawlessly. Finally, advanced stereographic techniques are applied to 'retouch' any kind of discrete unwanted sound without leaving artifacts or other evidence of their existence.

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Cleaning & Repair

  • Noise Reduction
  • Hum Removal
  • Wow & Flutter Removal
  • Click, Crackle & Pop Removal
  • Recovery from Distorted Audio
  • Digital Artifact Removal

 

Enhance

  • Frequency Response Linearization
  • Filtering Reduction
  • Transient Recovery
  • Acoustic Space Reduction/Removal
  • Pitch Tuning

 

Match

  • Acoustic Space Match Between Multiple Recordings
  • Sonic Characteristics Matching Between Multiple Recordings
  •     frequently asked questions

    Q. I have digital files which I recorded recently, and I need to get rid of several background noises. Can you do this for me?

    A. Of course! We will send you a unique secured link, where you will be able to upload your files on our server.

     

    Q. I need to restore an old LP from sound anomalies. What shall I do?

    A. Simple. You can either provide us with a digital file which you can send through our website or send the LP through secure, insured postage and we can provide the service of digitizing the LP audio for you. We can later restore your degraded audio, from the digital file.

     

    Q. Why does sound recorded on a tape medium deteriorate?

    A. Several factors promote tape deterioration. Some of these are:

    1. Humidity: Water particles in the air promote the chemical degradation of the tape polymers by a process called hydrolysis. These water particles can also cause fungi to grow on tape.

    2. Temperature: Apart from increasing the rate of hydrolysis, it also causes dimensional changes to tape.

    3. Mechanical deformation: Any physical deformity to the tape will damage the sound produced. The tape edge is most susceptible to this kind of damage.

    4. Dust and dirt: Both mechanical and chemical degradation can occur due to dust and dirt. Dust will interfere when the play head needs to make contact with the tape or vinyl. Dust and other chemical pollution accelerates chemical degradation.

    5. Magnetism: Magnetic fields alter the information on magnetically modified tape

     

    Q. Why does music recorded on LPs deteriorate?

    A. Several factors promote vinyl deterioration. Some of these are:

    1. Foreign particle deposits: Dust and anything from soot to body oils from fingerprints can deposit inside LP grooves. These can become permanently embedded inside the grooves, especially if the LP is played without being cleaned. These foreign particles change the needle movement and can result in clicks or pops.

    2. Temperature: Causes chemical degradation of the vinyl polymer apart from dimensional changes to vinyl.

    3. Humidity: Although not big of an issue as tape, humidity can cause mold to grow especially on carton covers, dirtying the LP grooves in the process.

    4. Mechanical deformation: Badly stored LPs can bend resulting in warping of the LP record. Warping causes a change in the groove structure thus altering the sound.

    5. Playback equipment: Worn-out styluses or a high or low tracking force (high tracking forces puts extra pressure on the grooves, while a low one will cause the stylus to bounce on the grooves) can alter the shape of the grooves.

     

    Q. How do I take care of my LPs and tapes?

    A. Unlike CDs, DVDs, pen drives and hard disks, LPs and tapes are more prone to damage resulting in sound deterioration. Here are a few tips take can help you store your LPs and tapes in a safer environment:

    1. Keep your LPs and tapes in dry and cool conditions (usually not more than 50% humidity and a temperature of around 15°C to 20°C (60°F to 68°F) is suggested). Try using an air-conditioned space combined with a dehumidifier!

    2. Store your LPs and tapes in a vertical position so as to avoid mechanical deformation of tape edges and LP warping.

    3. Store LPs and tapes in clean, dust-free environments.

    4. Avoid magnets or devices producing magnetic currents for tapes.

    5. Before playing an LP, clean with a lint-free anti-static cloth or a disc-cleaning brush.

    6. Handle LPs by the edge or center label.

    7. Always store LPs in polyethylene inner sleeves as opposed to using paper sleeves (may leave paper and oil residues) or PVC sleeves (may fuse with the vinyl and cause imprints)

    8. Never use worn-out styluses and use a perfect tracking force for playing LPs.

     

    Q. How can I contact you?

    A. There are two ways to do this. There is an easy-to-use contact form where you can contact us through the website or you can contact us through any social media website such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

     

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