Restoration

Frequently asked questions

Which types of records and reel to reel's do you restore?
We can restore 33 1/3, 45, and 78 rpm records in 7", 10", and 12" sizes. We can also restore most 1/4" reel formats, including 3.75 i.p.s., 7.5 i.p.s., and 15 i.p.s. reels as well as any standard sized cassettes.

How much damage can a record or tape have and still be restored?
We can't give an answer without hearing the source. Bring it by the studio and we can assess the damage.

What format do you restore the recordings to?
A CD is the standard format, but we can also provide restorations as 24bit digital files, or various other digital formats including MP3.

How much does a restoration cost?
Projects are charged by the amount of audio restored. The cost varies by the amount of processing done to eliminate extraneous noise (e.g. a straight transfer of the source to a digital format would be the most inexpensive process.)

Restoring your old recordings

The past century has given us a wealth of musical history. Whether you are doing a commercial re-release, or transferring something from your personal collection, Dryhill specializes in the highest quality preservation of your audio.

Hearing is believing!

Listen to a side-by-side comparison of a vintage recording and the version we restored.

What happens during restoration

First, the source is prepared for the best possible transfer. With records this includes a thorough machine cleaning, with alcohol-free solution for shellac-based 78s, eliminating the dust and static charge on the record. For reels the tape may be "baked" if it is deteriorating. Baking allows the tape to temporarily hold together for a transfer, and can improve the fidelity of a reel.

Then using high quality components the recording is transfered to a computer. With special software, we edit and remove noise from the track, depending on the level of processing you request.

Finally, we record your restored tracks onto the media you specify, typically a CD.

Restoration resources on the web

Check out these independent sources for more information about how old recordings are restored.

Allen Reny's "Restoring Old Records"
The grandaddy of all restoration information on the web. Still the most exhaustive guide for beginners and pros.
Digitally Restoring Old Recordings (On The Cheap)
For the technical word go here.
Meloware's "Recording an Acoustic Record for Restoration"
Meloware is an archive of antique records digitized into mp3s. Check to see if they have your recording before you go through all the trouble yourself!
High Criteria's "Primer on Digital Audio Restoration"
May be more than a primer to the beginner
Restoring Old Gramophone Records
From start to finish: how you do it.