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Why restore old 78 rpm records to CD format?
Very few people today have access to turntables capable of playing 78 rpm records. A vast wealth of popular music going back before World War I until the early 1950's was recorded at 78 rpm. Using the latest audio restoration software, these old records can now sound sometimes even better than they did when they were new. Records made as long ago as the mid 1920's have surprisingly good audio fidelity. Transferring these recordings to CD format allows almost anyone to once again enjoy the wonderful music and family recordings of an earlier era.
The restoration process
First the audio is run through a "declicking" filter to remove most surface clicks and pops from the recording and then through a "continuous noise filter" to reduce background noise. The noise is sampled at the beginning of the record before the recording begins and then the filter takes that same noise out of the entire recording without disturbing the actual music or voice information. Download the sample MP3 recordings below, "Before" and "After", to see how much quieter the recording is after utilizing this process. The restored audio file is now ready to transfer to CD format.
What to expect
782CD.com makes the highest audio fidelity its primary goal. Sometimes this means that a small amount of surface noise and a few stray clicks may remain within the final product. Any further processing would deteriorate the full bass and treble response which is most desirable.
Recordings that are over seventy-five years old are considered to be in the public domain. Newer recordings owned and copied for personal use can also be considered to be within the rules of fair usage. Clients agree to assume all risks and responsibilities regarding copyright issues.
How long will it take?
Most orders will be shipped within a week of receipt. Larger orders will take longer.
Audio restoration: $10 each side from a 78 rpm record 10" or less in width (example, both sides of a 10" , 8" or 6" 78 rpm record would be $20). Larger 12" 78 rpm records are $14 per side.
To make a CD (after restoration above, up to 20 songs): $20
Additional CDs: $15
Flat rate return shipping via Prority Mail (including insurance) is $11
Download Sample MP3 files - A record from the early 1920's, Tomorrow by Arthur Hall, before and after restoration:
Tomorrow by Arthur Hall (Before Restoration)
Tomorrow by Arthur Hall (After Restoration)
e-mail: Click here to send e-mail
Instructions for sending records
Telephone: 800-714-4445 (Colorama)
Lee Herterich c/o Colorama Color Copies, Inc., 138 Dearborn Road, Hill, NH 03243 USA
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