Happy Ireland Productions take great care with all audio formats, from dictaphone tapes to reel to reels, as they are easily damaged and hard to repair. We inspect and clean the audio using anti-static materials or special audio cassette cleaners, and capture the audio using professional standard players and sound cards.
Then on specialised computers, we use professional sound editing software to clean, enhance and master the audio files while removing any blank sections. In the case of reel to reels, there may be several hours of unnecessary dead time between recorded sections plus crackling, hissing, popping, scratching and tape hum.
We also correct tone inconsistencies, speed, balance audio levels and boost vocal recordings. We quality check the final edited audio files, chapter point where appropriate then burn them to in-house professionally printed CDs. Finally, a test is performed on the finished CD, before we package it with a detailed quality report.