(- and Tape-To-Digital conversions!)
Some vinyl - and some tape - is just worth it.
If you had a band in those by-gone glory days that invested time and money to record your own original music in a recording studio...then it is without a doubt - worth it!!
If you have any hard-to-find vinyl record albums that are not available on CD, then this is definitely worth it.
If you have any expensive hard-to-find vinyl record albums that warrant a transfer to CD so you do not risk scratching or placing more needle wear on those delicate grooves...then it's worth it.
Or - if you've invested good money in collectible vinyl only to try doing this yourself with an off-the-shelf USB turntable and the free software that came with that turntable, then you really know it's worth it! (Conversion to CD can turn a great vinyl recording into a harsh, cold, thin-sounding version of the original if not done correctly.)
What RHR Offers:
For vinyl - we start with a modified direct drive turntable with a high quality cartridge and stylus.
(Currently, a modified Kenwood KD-50F Quartz PLL with an Audio Technica AT440ML/OCC cartridge.)
For cassette tape - we use a pro-grade auto-biasing cassette deck.
(Currently a Pioneer CT-A9; quartz DD, closed-loop dual capstan, 3-Head System with DC Amplifier.)
We then feed that signal into one of two audiophile-grade preamplifiers:
A.) a custom-modified, tube-based pre-amp for the initial "warming" of the audio signal.
(Currently a Conrad-Johnson PV-1 with PV-2 modifications.)
B.) a super-clean "straight-wire" solid-state preamp for uncolored sound and pristine transfer of the original.
(Currently a Music Hall MMF Phono Pack.)
Either pre-amp then gets fed into a high-quality, pro-grade analog-to-digital converter.
(Currently, the award-winning Lynx Aurora.)
Once inside the digital realm, each song undergoes meticulous individual cleaning of clicks, pops, and/or tape hiss as well as spectral repair of damaged sections.
* The more pristine the vinyl or tape, the better the end result.
* No guarantees on really bad skips, or extended tape drop-outs as they cannot always be fully repaired!
After that, it's all about the re-mastering for the digital medium.
Utilizing high-quality audio processors yields exceptional results!
The final re-mastered tracks are saved in Hi-Rez/HD formats, then converted down to the requested consumer formats. If a CD is requested, then a high-quality "Master" and "Copy" CD are burned.
(We are currently using the highly acclaimed Blank CD's from Taiyo Yuden, now JVC Advanced Media1.)
The results simply must be heard!!
Along with the CD, other digital formats which can also be added are:
MP3 (or Apple's AAC) - for mobile devices (not recommended for critical listening).
FLAC (or Apple's ALAC) - lossless compression formats which return the file to it's original quality when uncompressed.
WAV - uncompressed CD quality audio file (44.1kHz/16-bit).
HD Wav - uncompressed, high resolution audio (up to 192kHz/24-bit available).
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) - the "new" high resolution audio. Playable in some mobile players. A great archival format.
Also used in SACD (Super Audio CD).
and many more...
Please CONTACT US for more information, consultation or pricing.
1. [JVC Advanced Media is a Japanese materials and electronics company that helped pioneer recordable CD technology. JVC Advanced Media discs offer great playback compatibility, low error rates in recording, and come with a 100-year data-integrity guarantee.]