Digital Recording by DED
are a service that takes your records, cassette tapes, reel-to-reel
tapes, or MiniDiscs and transfers
them to Compact Disc (CD). We also offer professional audio restoration which can remove or
reduce clicks and pops, crackle, rumble, and some effects of wear. Your favorite records, albums, or
tapes can be preserved to CD for you to conveniently enjoy.
prices are “ala carte”, you only pay for what you want
done, nothing more. Our services are priced
to provide the most-requested services but custom work can also be done at competitive prices. Please
see the descriptions below of our equipment and processes. Each order also must include a mailing fee.
Please see mailing information below.
Basic Album Transfer - $12.95
LP or cassette is cleaned and transferred to CD as one track for each
side of the album or cassette.
This type of transfer is ideal for those who normally listen to entire albums instead of individual tracks.
This type of transfer is also ideal for those who want to create their own compilations saving the expense
of purchasing their own turntable and equipment. A standard jewel case is included and album information
is hand written on the CD. No noise reduction is included.
Basic Album Transfer With Track Separation - $17.95
of the services of Basic Album Transfer plus each album cut is
created as a separate track. This type of
transfer is ideal for those who desire to listen to individual tracks more than entire album sides. This
includes up to 12 tracks.
For albums with more tracks add $1.49 per track.
Basic Album Transfer With Noise Reduction - $17.95
the services of Basic Album Transfer plus 4 stages of noise reduction
to remove pops, crackles, rumble,
and general noise. No track separation is included. Please see Noise Reduction Information below.
Basic Album Transfer With Track Separation and Noise Reduction - $20.95
deluxe transfer service with track separation, and 4 stages of noise
reduction on all tracks. This includes
up to 6 tracks per album side. Please see Noise Reduction Information below.
For albums with more tracks add $1.89 per track.
Two-On-One Album Transfer, Basic - $9.89
typical album is 15 – 20 minutes per side. A CD can hold a
total of 80 minutes, allowing for the possibility
of 2 complete albums on one CD. This service allows you to put two albums on the same CD. This service
is only valid with one of the basic transfer services. If you ship us multiple albums for processing, please
specify which albums you want on the CD.
Two-On-One Album Transfer, Basic With Track Separation and Noise Reduction - $15.49
service, like the one above, allows you to have 2 albums transferred
to one CD. This includes up to 6
tracks per album side. This service is only valid with one of the basic transfer services. If you ship us
multiple albums for processing, please specify which albums you want on the Two-On-One CD.
For albums with more than 12 tracks add $1.89 per track.
Note: Use Album Transfer services for cassettes too!
Custom Compilations, Basic Charge - $10.49
service is meant to transfer individual 45's, 78's, cassette,
MiniDisc, or album cuts to a CD. The basic
charge includes 2 tracks. Your records are cleaned and transferred to CD. A standard jewel case is
included and track information is hand written on the CD. No noise reduction is included.
For each additional track add $1.49.
CD can hold 80 minutes of audio. For typical popular music of the 40s
the 70s this means 22 to 30 cuts per CD. Beginning in the 1980s songs tended to get longer, so please add
up the length, or if times are not available, estimate no more than 20 per CD.
Custom Compilations With Noise Reduction, Basic Charge - $15.49
service is the same as above plus 4-stage noise reduction is applied
to each cut. The basic charge
includes 2 tracks.
For each additional track add $1.89.
Reel-to-Reel Tape Transfer, Basic Charge - $10.49
service is meant to transfer ¼-inch tape in either full-track
or 4-track format to CD. The basic charge
includes up to 15 minutes of audio. A standard jewel case is included and track information is hand written on
the CD. No noise reduction is included.
For each additional 15-minutes or any part thereof, add $4.79.
Reel-to-Reel Tape Transfer With Hiss Reduction, Basic Charge - $13.49
service is the same as above plus an application of hiss-reduction
noise reduction. For each additional
15-minutes or any part thereof, add $5.79.
MiniDisc Transfer, Basic Charge - $10.95
service transfers a 74- or 80-minute MiniDisc as a single cut to CD.
MiniDiscs recorded using extended
monophonic mode will include up to the first 80 minutes. For times over 80 minutes, order additional
transfers for each 80-minute block.
MiniDisc Transfer With Track Separation - $19.49
service transfers up to 30 MiniDisc tracks to CD as separate tracks.
For additional tracks add $1.49 per
Printed Disc Label - $3.49
A printed label including Album Title, Artist name, and a track listing printed on an Avery or Neato label.
Front Jewel Case Insert - $5.99
digital color photo of the album cover is taken and a high-resultion
insert is printed on heavy paper stock.
This process is intended to capture the look of the album cover and not capture minute details which may
be lost in reducing the album cover to fit in the jewel case.
two-on-one transfers both album covers will be reduced and printed on
one heavy stock insert.
For two-on-one inserts add $2.99.
Rear Jewel Case Insert - $5.99
digital color photo of the rear album cover is taken and a
high-resultion insert is printed on heavy paper
stock. This process is intended to capture the look of the album and may not capture minute details which
may be lost in reducing the album cover to fit in the rear jewel insert.
two-on-one transfers both album rear covers will be reduced and
printed on heavy stock. For
two-on-one inserts add $2.99.
Rear Jewel Case Track Listing - $7.49
black and white printed listing of all tracks, artists, and track
times. The spines will have the album title
and artist name along with the original album number. Printed on heavy paper stock, trimed, folded, and
two-on-one orders, track listings will include information for both
albums, spine information will
consist of the two album titles. For two-fers add $2.99.
Insured Parcel Post Shipping - $6.95
This charges provides shipping charges via USPS Parcel Post Insured for up to 1 pound.
each additional pound add $2.00. Error on the side of excess. Orders
postage will be held until additional postage is authorized. Extra funds will be promptly refunded
by money order after mailing.
are responsible for packing and mailing your items to us. You can use
any method or carrier you
choose. Many of our customers have used USPS Parcel Post insured and have found them to be
reasonable. When complete, I will return your CDs and original material using insured Parcel Post.
To use other methods or carriers, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request prior to
placing your order and we can discuss arrangements.
mailing charges can be complicated. Each pound (not counting packing
6-8 33s (albums), about 20 45s, or just 2 78s. To simplify things, I have tried to use “worst case”
situations and will refund excess postage. Our facilities are located in Tucson, Arizona. To ship a
2-pound insured package with delivery confirmation to New York costs approximately $6.50 with
each pound about another $2.00. So please use the weight of your records figuring $6.50 plus $2.00
for each additional pound. When I mail your parcel, if there is any excess money I will have a Postal
Money order prepared and sent to you, refunding the difference.
are often asked, “Why must you return my materials?” and
the answer is to comply with the
provisions of the Copyright Act as it exists. We are allowed to make one copy of your materials and
then return the copy and materials to you. This does add extra costs but I know of no way to remain
in compliance with the law without this part of the process.
wrap and pack your items carefully to avoid breakage. We are not
responsible for any items
received broken or damaged. In most cases we will use whatever packaging you used to return your
materials to you. For 33s, 45s, reel-to-reel tapes, cassettes, and MiniDiscs, place cardboard around
the materials and then wrap that with the bubble-packing material available at Office Depot, Office
Max, Staples, and other places. Use the criss-cross method to insure coverage on all sides.
78s, extra care must be used as these records break easily. One of
the best shipping containers
is the “albums” used for 78s. These held 4 or more 78s and offer reasonable protection. Use them if
you have them, wrapping them with bubble-pack in a criss-cross way. Some customers have also
used old LP album covers for each 78, again wrapping them using bubble-pack in a criss-cross way.
You can also use pieces of cardboard, 10” by 10”. Stack them as follows: cardboard-2 78s in
sleeves-cardboard, repeating as needed. 78s are fragile, please use extra care in handling to avoid
cracking or breaking them. Hold them carefully by the opposite edges when handling them.
Noise Reduction Information:
use professional quality noise reduction software by WAVES and Sound
Forge, among others.
Noise reduction can accomplish many things, but it also has limitations. Noise reduction is excellent
for removing the normal pops and crackle found on many older records. Noise reduction can
minimize some minor scratches. Noise reduction processes do not remove deep scratches, cracks,
or skipping. Noise reduction also does not remove the damage done by someone playing the record
with a damaged needle, creating raspy sounds or other noises.
reduction is also not a “sure thing”. Some records clean
up very well and it becomes almost
impossible to identify them as vinyl recordings. Other records may look good but contain noise
patterns that electrically just do not clean up well. We do our best, and we use the several noise
reduction applications we have to do the best job for you, and we do not charge extra if we need
to exert a little extra effort. We also experiment with the levels of noise reduction to make sure
we do not affect the remaining audio. In some cases this may mean leaving small amounts of noise.
when you listen to a record you hear some strange noise and you
notice it seems to
be heard everytime the record goes around. This kind of noise can be difficult for noise-reduction
software to identify and remove. Again, we will do our best.
78s clean up reasonably well unless they are beat up and destroyed
beyond recovery. If the
records look reasonably decent we have a good chance of recovering the audio for you. Another
important note about 78s. Prior to about 1926, records were recorded acoustically. When played
back with modern equipment they may sound rather tinny and lacking in fidelity. Starting about
1926 the companies installed and started using electrical transciption methods. Immediately
noticeable are the existence of bass and treble, and a more natural sound. When we use restoration
techniques we do not claim to make the early recordings sound like modern recordings.
use professional-quality equipment to transfer your materials to CD.
Technics and Numark
turntables equipped with various Stanton professional cartridges are used for records. Teac C-3
cassette decks, Pioneer reel-to-reel tape decks, and TASCAM MiniDisc recorders are used for
those media types. Roland A/D converters are used with IBM computers.
Mailing Address and More:
keep our expenses low we accept PayPal, Money Orders, and Cashier's
checks. Orders paid
for with personal checks will be held for two weeks to allow your check to clear the bank.
To order via mail, print these pages and mark what services you desire, and include your payment.
Mail your materials to us at:
7541 S. Dunbar Court
Tucson, AZ 85747-5607
Normal turnaround time is one week or less from the time we receive your materials. We treat all customers on a first-come first-served basis.
We also do custom work. Please contact us with your requirements or any other questions you may have. Our email address: email@example.com
We have been doing audio restoration since 1997. First-time customers sometimes ask, “Why does it cost so much?” and we must explain that the entire process of transferring your audio materials to CD is very time intensive. There are no shortcuts. Digital transfers are done in real-time mode. For example, a 3:00 minute record takes at least 3 minutes to create the digital file, then several minutes of processing with noise reduction software. Add to that the time needed to assemble and record the CD, plus whatever jewel case information is needed.
Our service is intended to transfer records or other audio materials not commonly available on commerical CDs to your CDs. Among items our customers have transferred to CD: 78 rpm records (American and foreign), historic album, out-of-print albums, 45 rpm singles, reel-to-reel tapes of special events, and unique cassette tapes. Other customers have used our service to avoid the expense and time of purchasing a turntable or other equipment to transfer their materials to CD.
We have competive rates and look forward to counting you among our satisfied customers.