Welcome to Ian Samson Sound Studio

Specialist Attention, Professional Results

Ian Samson Sound Studio is a hobby and not a registered business. Everything I do is strictly non-profit and is provided as a service to people who possess vinyl recordings, VHS tapes & audio cassettes but cannot play them.
Occasionally, I digitize photographic slides, negatives and photographs CD, VCD or DVD. I do not transfer 8mm Cine film to DVD as this is a specialist function in itself. Try any Kodak Express kiosk.

Using professional recording, filtering and editing software, The Studio transfers 33rpm LPs, 45rpm Seven Singles, old 78s, audio cassette tapes (C60) to CD. C90 tapes takes 2 CDs or can be converted to MP3 for dedicated MP3 players and computer CD ROM drives up to 52x maximum speed. Please note that C90 tapes do NOT fit on one 78 minute CD in CD Audio format.

Customers' records are thoroughly cleaned to ensure noise and crackle reduction. The turntable stylus is replaced frequently, whenever they are locally available. Only one recording is made from the original source material and no copies are retained on computer systems or other CDs, except at the client's request for possible re-arrangement or further copies at a later date.

There is no remedy for stylus jumps on shellac, vinyl, or warped tape, and clicks from badly scratched records cannot be entirely removed.

The professional software I use performs noise, hiss, crackle, scratch reduction, and can enhance the resulting sound, especially for use with 5.1 Sound Cards in PCs or home theatre CD/DVD equipment. Only when I am completely satisfied with the quality of the result do I transfer the recordings to CD. The surface quality of the original source material greatly influences the quality of the material transferred to CD.

To produce full-colour Jewel Case inserts, The Studio scans the original record cover (if available) and types out the full track list, with individual track duration. The Studio prints a colour CD label. Where no cover exists, as in the case of many old 78s, The Studio chooses an appropriate graphic for the Jewel Case front cover. The Studio uses Verbatim Audio CDs, when available, and running speed up to 52x. These are 78 minutes in length and can be played on any CD player.

Should you wish to supply a compilation list together with your LPs, The Studio welcomes these. Put all your favourite music together on one CD. This could be as many as 28 tracks; or even more in MP3 format. to transfer to your iPOD!

The Studio also converts audio sources to MP3 to be played either on your computer's CD drive or a dedicated MP3 player (such as a DVD device, or iPOD) with a maximum speed of 52x. This way you can get up to 10 hours of music on one CD. MP3 Stereo is very heavy on electronic resources but the stereo reproduction quality can be astounding!

Approximate Prices

VHS to DVDR250.00 per video
33 RPMR70.00 per side
45 RPMR20.00 per side
78 RPMR30.00 per side
C60R80.00 per tape
C90R120.00 per tape
Photographic Slides & NegativesR3.00 each excl. CD
Add the cost of CD, CD Covers,
Track Lists and Labels
R30.00 per CD

Unless otherwise arranged and stated, the following financial conditions apply: The Studio prefers cash or internet transfers for payment, but not cash deposits into the bank account due to "cash handling fees". Crossed cheques are not accepted due to the restrictions on cheque clearance imposed by banks; however CASH cheques are welcome.

Should you consider these prices high, please feel free to search the internet for others' prices, services, talent, ability, attention to detail, accuracy, audio quality, and the like.

LP to CD restoration costs R65.00 per side per LP for the recording, splitting into tracks, scratch filtering, editing, audio modification, hiss/noise reduction, etc., plus R30.00 for the CD, totalling R160.00 per CD. This Studio does not offer any form of "bulk discount". All work is performed by the owner, and for bona fide owners of the original source material. We will not accept orders from 3rd parties or "Agents" under any circumstances due to possible infringements of local and international Copyright Acts.

Applicable Conditions are that the original LPs/Seven Singles/78 disks/audio cassette tapes remain the property of the owner requesting the CD backup. The sound source may not under any circumstances be given away or sold and no copies of the resulting CD may be made on any CD-duplicating equipment as this is an infringement of international Copyright Acts. To remain legal and ethical, The Studio does not make copies of CDs from professionally-recorded & bought CDs, nor does The Studio keep copies of recordings on its computer system. The Studio does not take selections from various sources to create backing tracks.

While The Studio accepts most genres, there are some that we simply will not work on. This is a personal preference and, while we respect customers' listening choices, we reserve the right to refuse to transfer music that offends us.

For further information, please contact:

Ian Samson Sound Studio
Telephone: 011 431 0820
Facsimile: 086 551 4790 (no area code required)
Location: 7 Camelot, 21 Lords Avenue, corner Louise Street, Windsor West, 4 streets north of Cresta Shopping Centre, on the Beyers Naude Drive side. Find us on Google Earth at "21 Lords Ave, Randburg, South Africa". From outer space you are landed on our building. Amazing technology! However, Louise Ave on the graphic is actually Louise Street, and Camelot is located on the North East corner.

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