We Can Denoise and Improve Your Recordings

Audio restoration is the process of removing imperfections (such as hiss, impulse noise, crackle, wow and flutter, background noise, and mains hum) from sound recordings. Audio restoration can be performed directly on the recording medium, or on a digital representation of the recording using a computer (such as an AIFF or WAV file). Record restoration is a particular form of audio restoration that seeks to repair the sound of damaged gramophone records.

Modern audio restoration techniques are usually performed by digitizing an audio source from analog media, such as lacquer recordings, optical sources and magnetic tape. Once in the digital realm, recordings can be restored and cleaned up using dedicated, standalone digital processing units such as declickers, decracklers, dehissers and dialogue noise suppressors, or using digital audio workstations (DAWs). DAWs can perform various automated techniques to remove anomalies using algorithms to accomplish broadband denoising, declicking and decrackling, as well as removing buzzes and hums.

Often audio engineers and sound editors use DAWs to manually remove “pops and ticks” from recordings, and the latest spectrographic ‘retouching’ techniques allow for the suppression or removal of discrete unwanted sounds. DAWs are capable of removing the smallest of anomalies, often without leaving artifacts and other evidence of their removal. Although fully automated solutions exist, audio restoration is sometimes a time-consuming process that requires skilled audio engineers with specific experience in music and film recording techniques.

The majority of audio restoration done today is done for music sound recordings and soundtracks for motion picture and television programs. The demand for restored audio has been fueled by new media consumer technologies such as CD and DVD. Modern audio reproduction systems require that sound sources be in the best condition possible to enhance the listening experience. Media content owners have come to recognize the importance of having clean sound on their products to enhance the commercial value of their media assets.

The byproduct of these restoration efforts is that many audio sources are brought into the digital world and preserved for future use. An unfortunate fact is that most of the sound recordings and motion picture soundtracks created over the past century have been lost due to improper storage and neglect.

Enhancements are often done to motion picture soundtracks. For example, taking a mono or stereo soundtrack and re-mixing it to a modern 5.1 surround soundtrack. When sources from original discrete audio “stems” containing dialog, music and sound effects are used and properly restored, the enhancements can be significant and highly effective.

 

Our Restoration Service Includes

  • Tape Repair for Cassette Tapes, DATs, ADATs, Microcassettes and Video Tapes
  • Click and pop removal
  • Hum and hiss removal
  • Crackle and buzz removal
  • Background noise clean-up
  • Unwanted noise such as telephone ringing or whistle removal
  • Fixing distorted audio
  • Declipping
  • Unwanted reverb and echo reduction
  • Static removal without affecting the audio quality
  • Fixing sibilance and plosives
  • Removal of moderate wind
  • Getting rid of tape noise
  • Mouth declicking (elimination of clicks, pops and smacks)
  • Fixing mic bumps and rustling (especially on lapel mic recordings).

 

What Type of Audio Material Can We Restore?

  • Audio files such as .wav, .flac, etc. 
  • Audio of a video file taken with your camera or your mobile phone
  • Podcast audio
  • Professional voice-overs (narrations, audiobooks)
  • Seminar recordings
  • Conference audio (or videos such as Google Meet or Zoom)
  • Audio on your YouTube videos
  • Old, transcripted records, as old tapes or vinyl
  • Sound of old video tapes
  • Wedding videos
  • Marketing videos.

For more information on our full range of professional audio transfer and digitisation services, including LP to CD, Cassette tape to CD and Reel-to-reel tape to CD, contact restore@diefunkhausgruppe.de.