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31 December 2016
This page will, of necessity, be somewhat technical and “geeky”, but for those of you who want to know what we use in order to do what we do, here goes...
CD Recording and Mastering
Initial recording is done to a high-
Our range of microphones includes models by Shure, Audio-
We also have an extensive MIDI set-
Mixing and Mastering (the final preparation of each track on the CD) will always be done using Adobe Audition ® since we find this offers the best quality. Additional mastering tools available include iZotope Ozone 7 Advanced ®.
DVD/BD Recording and Mastering
All of the technology listed above for CD Recording is also available for DVD Recording. In addition, for video editing and DVD authoring we use MAGIX Video Pro X ®.
CD and DVD Copying
We assume for this work that the supplied CD or DVD is already mastered and ready for duplication. Should additional work be necessary this will be charged.
For small quantities of CDs or DVDs we will carry out this work in-
For larger quantities we will use a specialist duplicating company.
Video to DVD/BD Transfer
The output from a high quality stereo VHS player is fed to a Canopus ACEDVio ® PCI card interface, which converts the analogue audio and video to a digital stream which is stored on PC. For DV tapes a Canon MV920 camera and for 8mm, Hi-
High Definition Video Recording
We use, as a minimum, 2 Canon ® HG10 video cameras which record in HD format, widescreen (16:9) to an internal Hard Drive. The files are transferred to PC and then edited as for Video to DVD/BD Transfer (above).
(Vinyl) Disc to CD Transfer
A high quality record deck (turntable) feeds its audio output via a RIAA Phono Pre-
For 78 rpm discs a dedicated ION Contour LP ® deck is used.
Audio Cassette to CD Transfer
A AIWA AD-
For both Disc and Cassette transfer to CD, if the quality of the original audio is not good, we have recently upgraded to iZotope RX5 Advanced ® audio restoration software, specifically to assist with improving the overall quality. Any agreed use of this will incur additional costs.
This requires specialist software, IsoBuster, and lots of time!
Photo/Slide/Negative Scanning to DVD/Blu-
We scan the original images using an Epson ® Perfection V550 Photo scanner. Following experimentation at different resolutions we have settled on 300 or 600 dpi for slides that are to be put onto either a Data DVD or Slideshow DVD; for Blu-
Interactive CD and DVD ROMs
We use Ashampoo ® Burning Studio 18 to produce the actual discs.