Sirensound is a high-end Audio Mastering and Archival Facility
specialising in recording, archiving and mastering. We have specialised equipment sourced from the world's leading manufacturers, including ATC (World class monitoring), Millennia music and media systems (HV3D) Preamplifiers, (LPE-2) Library of Congress Legacy Archival Playback Environment for vinyl, shellac and acetate discs and wax cylinders, (TD-1) single channel preamplifier and DI, CEDAR De-Clicker hardware, Cedar for Pyramix software, Sony mixers, recorders and playback apparatus, Sonnox software, equalisation, limiting and audio restoration suites, Pyramix recording software bundles, with Panasonic, Junger, Audio Design and Audio Developments recording and clocking products.
Our clients past and present encompass major higher learning instutitions throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland such as The British Library, The University of Edinburgh, Cardinal Tomas O'Fiaich Memorial Library and Archive, Gloucester Archives, The University of Gloucester, The Krishnamurti Foundation Trust, Voyager Press, The Planned Environment Therapy Trust, The Royal Dragoon Guards, CBS New York and the Wellcome Trust.We will work to collate and organise your oral history projects, your transfers from analogue to digital originating on quarter 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. With the British Library Sound Archive announcing that in their opinion we only have approximately 14 years to transfer the older formats to a more robust digital storage state I can only suggest that now is the time to act, before the last few experienced archival audio engineers decide to withdraw their service.
I remain a preferred contractor to the British Library Sound Archive having recorded thousands of obsolete recordings to a more robust digital format.
Our current archival preferences, usually coming from our valued customers, is utilising 96 kHz 24 bit converters with the capacity to transfer from one channel to 48 channels at this sample frequency.
When this facility in the Cotswolds was first established I had a seperate power supply installed so all audio (and video) work would be on a clean power line. We use ATC Loudspeaker Technology active monitors (SCM Series), with 3-way power amplifiers attached to each of the towers. The rooms are acoustically treated to aid a flat frequency response for the listener.
Sirensound Digital UK is a specialist provider of recording, mastering and archival work.
We record to AES and EBU R.128 broadcast standards
We work hard and achieve our goal of producing the highest quality audio each time.
In doing so, we help you to achieve your goals for the future ...
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.