The most overlooked at-risk recordings seem to be those in the broadcast video and pro audio formats. They typically get put on a shelf and slowly deteriorate to the point of being unrecoverable. Not only is the analog media losing it's magnetic qualities making it compromised, but the actual machines to play these gems on are getting fewer and fewer. Many of the machines easily available via ebay can chew your tape and be forever lost. Our machines are maintained and "babied". We must limit our transfer and restoration services to to those in the fields related to music and entertainment. Don't let those valuable performances turn to dust. We can transfer them, restore and often enhance the quality to let the music live on!
Regarding restoration, all of the old formats are what is called interlaced. Without getting into the weeds with this, it simply means horizontal scan lines that look smeary when upscaled and converted. Most content is now progressive scan. We have a process after we digitize your tape to upscale your SD file to HD and convert to progressive scan that is quite impressive. Cost is minimal. As for the audio, with our processing tools it's amazing how we can improve . . or even save what is on your tape!
There are many analog audio formats and we have a variety of machines. We are adding vintage formats as needed so feel free to ask if we can help you. We have ¼", ½" and 2" tape machines. We also have ADAT, DAT, Phonograph and even an old wire recorder. With our new digital mastering tools it is possible to recover, clean up and manipulate the audio to the point that it often sounds quite respectable. The video on this page shows some examples of worst case scenario transfers.