Sirensound is a high-end Audio Mastering and Archival Facility
specialising in recording, archiving and mastering. Sirensound Digital has specialised equipment sourced from the world's leading manufacturers, including ATC (World class monitoring), Millennia music and media systems (HV3D) Preamplifiers, (LOCi) Library of Congress Legacy Archival Playback Environment for vinyl, shellac and acetate discs and wax cylinders, Sony mixers, recorders and playback machines, Sonnox software, equalisation, limiting and audio restoration suites, Pyramix recording software bundles, with Panasonic, Junger, Audio Design and Audio Developments recording and clocking products. Sony APR 5003 quarter inch recorders with stereo, mono, 1/4 track headblocks and half inch headblock, Otari MX 7800 one inch 8 track open reel, MCI JH 24 Analogue open reel recorder for 24 track archival work.
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My clients past and present encompass major higher learning instutitions throughout the United Kingdom and the Irish Republic, The British Library Sound Archive, The University of Edinburgh Library, Cardinal Tomas O'Fiaich Memorial Library and Archive, Gloucester Archives, The University of Gloucester, Krishnamurti Foundation Trust, Voyager Press, The Planned Environment Therapy Trust, The Royal Dragoon Guards, CBS New York and RTE Digital.We will work to collate and organise your oral history projects, your transfers from analogue to digital originating on quarter inch tape, 2 inch tape, cassette or PCM F1, vinyl, shellac and acetate discs, and perform your mastering requirements and recording projects using established skills providing meticulous attention to detail, in areas that others may overlook.
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Sirensound Digital remains a preferred contractor to the British Library Sound Archive having recorded thousands of obsolete recordings to a more robust digital format, and I try to keep the older machines in service by using them as often as possible so they're ready when required.
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We archive according to the AES and IASA standards utilising 96 kHz 24 bit converters with the capacity to transfer from one channel to 24 channels.
A fresh power supply to the studio was installed so all audio (and video) work would be on a seperate clean single phase.
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We have an acoustically designed room for acoustic recording and voice.
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Whatever your requirements may be, at Sirensound Digital your projects will be treated with the respect they deserve and managed sympathetically to the highest technical and artistic standards.
Millennia Media LPE-2
Quarter Inch Tape A workhorse of the audio industry for nearly half a century, 1/4 inch (6mm) tape has declined rapidly in recent years with the production of tape decks and blank tapes coming to an end.
Because 1/4 inch tape was so successful for so long, audio archives across the world are filled with this format. Around 90% of ‘one-of-a-kind’ material in audio collections and over 50% of total audio archives including commercial recordings are estimated to be on 1/4 inch tape. Some of this material is on notoriously unstable acetate and other recordings may have been archived for more than forty years – ten years more than its life expectancy but still able to be transferred successfully. Furthermore, with the decline in 1/4 inch tape usage, playback equipment has become obsolete and numerous hours of material are now unplayable. Preserving and protecting these precious audio assets has become a major challenge for organisations all over the world and remain a challenge in the United Kingdom where our methodologies are endorsed by major organisations like the British Library Sound Archive.