Sound Restoration

Fandango Recording Toronto provides audio and sound restoration and enhancement from audio sources like reel to reel tapes, cassettes, LP records - 33, 45 and 78's, mini tapes, VHS tapes, phone answering machines and many more. The following are some mp3's samples of audio restoration. The first two samples are from "A Passing Fancy" album - transfer from vinyl, audio restoration and remastering performed for Pacemaker Toronto, the third sample is from Eugene Smith - restoration and remastering released by the same label - and the fourth sample -Sugar foot stomp - is from a very old and almost completely destroyed vinyl recorded in 1944 in Manitoba by Mr. Alan Parkin from Toronto and his band on 78 format.

I'm losing tonight - original and restored



A Passing Fancy - original and restored

Eugene Smith - Amy - original and restored

Sugar Foot Stomp - original and restored

The real question is to what extent can this process restore the freshness of a song? Are there any other advantages to this? There is no short answer. First of all, let's consider the example of an old tape: it's only going to get worse in time, and it's exhibiting a lot of noise and lack of details. Or take an old LP, a lot of crackles, scratches, clicks, thumps and noise. Having them restored and burnt on a CD or on a digital archive is definitely an advantage; the digital medium won’t degrade in time like an analog tape. 

There is a difference between transfer and audio restoration; transferring from analog to digital does just that, maintaining the sound problems from the original source. When it comes to sound restoration, we are listening to the source and decide the best way to convert it, having in mind the processes required for restoration.

The sound restoration process deals with noise, crackles, scratches, clipping, hiss, hum and clicks removal, spectral repair and advanced spectrogram restoration, and brings back some of the shine of the recording. If needed, warmth or harmonic enhancement will be done. The removal of the unwanted problems is done using RX6 Advanced Audio Restoration (Izotope), Restoration Suite for TC Powercore, Algoritmix Noise/Scratch Free, Sonnox Restore, and Waves Restoration Bundle.

The next step is the harmonic enhancement of the material to get the best perception of the original sound. This is done through sophisticated programs and hardware,  and the result is quite spectacular. The harmonic enhancement is needed as the removal of noises, crackles, scratches, clicks, thumps does affect to a certain extent the audio part. EQ just doesn't do it in this case,Once the process is finished, the audio file is prepared for burning on CD; in plain English, it will be remastered.

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