Do you have media can no longer play? Maybe cassettes of your gigs and band rehearsals from years ago? Or your grandfather's 78s? DAT tapes from old recording sessions? Physical media (both analog and digital) is subject to deterioration -- at an alarming rate. Tomorrow it may not be playable. The situation is dire, but you are not alone -- and Masterdisk can help you.
The first step towards preserving your audio is to convert it to digital. At Masterdisk, we have the expertise and equipment to guide you through this process, from media assessment to digital file management. The conversion to digital files is critical, as it defines how the content will be heard by future generations. If you have content that you truly care about, trust the job to Masterdisk -- after all, we have been handling irreplaceable media for decades!
Reformatting (also called digitization if it is from analog masters) refers to the re-recording of the original content onto a new, current format. Nowadays that format is generally a 96 kHz, 24-bit broadcast WAV file. The transfers are always done "flat", i.e., with no extra processing, and digital encoding ensures that subsequent generations are immune to so-called "generation loss," the implicit loss of quality in analog copies. Reformatting is an absolutely critical step, as future listeners will listen to this material as it was transferred at this point: it can only sound as good as the engineers and equipment making the transfer. Masterdisk's expertise, as well as its world-class tape decks, converters, and pure signal paths (see equipment list) ensure that your masters will be presented at their best for generations to come.
Media degradation or poor original recordings can conspire to damage the sonic integrity of legacy materials. The optional process of restoration can help your materials sound better than they ever did. Masterdisk’s vast experience making all kinds of recordings and reissues can come to the rescue.