Restore your Vinyl Records or Cassette/Reel-to-Reel Audio Tapes by transferring them to CD

2008 Price Increase: This is regrettable but in keeping with the inflation rate, the Rand/Dollar exchange rate, the rise in the repo rate and bank lending rates, the price of credit, the price of doing business, the price of commodities, the price of electricity, and the price of relaxation. Anyone running an inkjet printer will realise it's an expensive business. Turntable styluses (styli?) are becoming scarce, and IF AVAILABLE, cost in excess of R120.00 EACH!

LP to CD restoration costs R60.00 per side per LP for the recording, splitting into tracks, filtering, editing, audio modification, hiss reduction, etc., plus R30.00 for the CD, totalling R150.00 per CD. If you have a double album and both LPs fit 1 CD the cost is R270.00, otherwise the cost is R300.00 for 2 CDs.  This Studio does not offer any form of "bulk discount", but is prepared to negotiate for orders over 100 LPs. All work is performed by the Studio owner, and for bona fide owners of the original source material. We will not accept orders from 3rd parties under any circumstances due to possible infringements of local and international Copyright Acts. Please read further down for other costs and applicable terms and conditions.

Using professional recording, filtering and editing software, The Studio transfers 33rpm LPs, 45rpm Seven Singles, old 78s, audio cassette tapes (C60) and reel-to-reel audio tapes to CD. C90 tapes takes 2 CDs or can be converted to MP3 for dedicated MP3 players and computer CD ROM drives up to 52x maximum speed.

Customers' records are thoroughly cleaned to ensure noise and crackle reduction. The turntable stylus is replaced frequently. Only one recording is made from the original source material, and no copies are retained on computer systems or other CDs, except at the client's request; for possible re-arrangement at a later date.

There is no remedy for stylus jumps or warped tape, and clicks from badly scratched records cannot be entirely removed.

The professional software used by the studio performs noise, hiss and crackle reduction, and can enhance the resulting sound. Only when The Studio is satisfied with the quality of the result does The Studio transfer the recordings to CD. The surface quality of the original source material greatly influences the quality of the material transferred to CD. However, from reports from former SABC broadcasters (among others), they cannot hear any clicks on the resulting CD taken from a 1937 78rpm recording of pipe organ music recorded in Liverpool Cathedral! If you need a reference, The Studio has clients who are prepared to give their opinion of our work telephonically.

To produce full-colour Jewel Case inserts, The Studio scans the original record cover (if available) and types out the full track list, with individual track duration, and a total playing time, if requested. The Studio prints a colour CD label. Where no cover exists, as in the case of many old 78s, The Studio chooses an appropriate graphic for the Jewel Case front cover. The Studio uses TDK Audio CDs, when available, and running speed up to 52x. These are 80 minutes in length and can be played on any CD player.

Should you wish to supply a compilation list together with your LPs, The Studio welcomes these. Put all your favourite music together on one CD. This could be as many as 28 tracks; or even more in MP3 format!

The Studio also converts audio sources to MP3 to be played either on your computer's CD drive or a dedicated MP3 player (such as a DVD device) with a maximum speed of 52x. This way you can get up to 10 hours of music on one CD. MP3 Stereo is very heavy on electronic resources but the quality can be astounding! Even MIDI these days has improved ...

TABLE OF COSTS
33 RPMR60.00 per side
45 RPMR10.00 per side
78 RPMR15.00 per side
C60R60.00 per tape
C90R90.00 per tape
ReelsR180.00 per reel
Add the cost of CD, CD Covers,
Track Lists and Labels
R20.00 per CD

Should you consider these prices excessive, please feel free to search the internet for others' prices, services, talent, ability, attention to detail, accuracy, audio quality, and the like. The above price increase is the first increase in 5 years and justly deserved, especially in light (ouch, no pun intended) of the price increase in April 2008 of 14.2% not at all deserved!

Applicable Conditions are that the original LPs/Seven Singles/78 disks/audio cassette tapes/reel-to-reel audio tapes remain the property of the owner requesting the CD backup. The sound source may not under any circumstances be given away or sold and no copies of the resulting CD may be made on any CD-duplicating equipment as this is an infringement of international Copyright Acts. To remain legal and ethical, The Studio does not make multiple copies of CDs, nor does The Studio keep copies of recordings on its computer system. The Studio does not take selections from various sources to create backing tracks. The Studio does not transfer VHS to DVD, yet, due to the enormity of the hardware requirements for such transfers. It is, however, very willing to accommodate any suggestions from customers to assist us in making this service available!

Please note that C90 tapes do NOT fit on one 80 minute CD except in MP3 format.

The Studio does not accept Opera including Operatic Arias, warbling Sopranos with their melodyless notes, or Violin Concerti, those ubiquitous recordings of solo Violin and Orchestra [yuk!], Eastern or Oriental music, Asiatic or Arab music, RAP, Reggae, Acid Rock, Jazz, Elvis Presley (except for very early releases that are not available on commercially produced CDs), Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep, Underground, Deep Purple, Janice Joplin, Black Magic, or ethnic or tribal music. The Studio will also not accept traditional "sakkie-sakkie boeremusiek". The Right of Refusal is reserved, without prejudice. The Studio will also not have anything to do with any music that is of any occult nature or origin or from musicians or owners of such music who are known, or reputed, to be anti-Christian or anti-Semitic.

For further information, please contact:

Ian Samson Sound Studio
Telephone: 011 431 0820
Cellphone: 076 784 4112
Location: Lords Avenue corner Louise Street, Windsor West, 3 streets north of Cresta Shopping Centre.
LP2CD@telkomsa.net

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