Independent artists returning to the music scene after a period
of semi-retirement will want to upload files to their new websites or sell CD's at their
concerts. And the original source masters may just well be DAT's or open reel tapes.
With the right transferring equipment, the right restoration and mastering software, and the right engineer, the results can be amazing!
This will save substantial re-recording, re-mixing and production costs; and other time-related factors as well.
Mastering software like WaveLab can handle recording chores for transferring and converting to wav files.
Equalization will definitely by needed, and special filters for hum removal and other types of nasty un-wanted tones!
But I might use upward expansion or multi-band upward expansion, especially for cassettes. When the settings are placed just right, it can bring much needed life back to the music.
Stereo imaging tools are extremely useful for analog tape transfers.
Noise reduction software may need to come in to play depending on your listener's tolerance levels for hiss and clicks!
DAT's, especially older ones, can occasionally introduce these un-wanted clicks. And they may not happen at every pass! What I'm saying is, you can re-play a section that had a click, and it might not be there the second time!
Ah yes – the wonderful world of digital!
I keep the recorder running while I make a second pass at transferring any trouble spots in the DAT. Later on in the editing stage, I'll join the best of the two - or three - takes. Having two or more different DAT players can be handy as different machines can give markedly different playback results.
Finally, some limiting may be needed if the music has to be on par with today's levels (ca. 2012). This has to used carefully. Especially in the case of cassette to CD transfers where upward expansion has been applied, as the limiter may be defeating the expander's actions!
Of course no amount of software will restore badly damaged, badly stored, source tapes or vinyl.
...Even in the case of a cassette to CD transfer! When you make the effort and follow that advice, you can be sure to produce absolutely wonderful results - by applying the right processes in the right amount at the right time.
This will save you time and money!
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