First Cedar Cambridge V8 sold to National Library of Australia
AUSTRALIA: Cedar Audio recently supplied the first Cedar Cambridge V8 system to the National Library of Australia in Canberra to enable an extensive audio restoration project. The system was installed and commissioned by Peter Orehov of CDA Professional Audio in Sydney together with Cedar Audio’s managing director Gordon Reid, who travelled from the UK to Canberra to thoroughly train the library's audio engineers.
‘When I'm talking to libraries and archives holding huge collections, I have to keep in mind that the audio restoration process must synchronise with existing procedures as well as excel at cleaning the sound,’ explained Mr Reid, who has been visiting the premises since the mid-90s in order to obtain views on the ways in which Cedar products can be best developed to fit NLA’s requirements.
‘The NLA has 45,000 hours of recordings in its oral history and folklore collection, so they not only have to be able to digitise and restore as efficiently as possible at the highest quality possible, they also need to be able to keep track of every file and its processing history.’
Following ongoing talks with the NLA's director of sound preservation and curator of oral history and folklore, Kevin Bradley and his team, Cedar Audio was able to understand the solution that was needed. ‘Their feedback in 2005 was instrumental in our development of Cedar Cambridge's metadata facilities, and in 2008 they helped us to specify its Report Generator, which generates HTML and XML reports that fully describe what has been done to the audio, complete with parameter tables and graphics,’ said Mr Reid.
‘Of course, designing, developing and testing significant upgrades such as these can take years rather than months, but they are now available for every Cedar Cambridge system.’
‘One big feature that drew us to Cedar Cambridge was Respeed – it's incredible,’ enthused Mr Bradley. ‘We have a lot of material that was recorded on tape machines built in the 1950s, and these can increase in speed in a non-linear fashion as the tape is played. With Respeed, we can make things that were previously unintelligible, intelligible. Another critical concern for us is the information regarding the processes that went into creating the audio as well as identifying the content, and Cedar fits very nicely into our database structures.’
‘As a high-end distributor, it's very important to us to work with suppliers who foster strong, long-term customer relationships and who understand what's needed to support government institutions and larger commercial organisations,’ added Peter Orehov of CDA Professional Audio. ‘Cedar continually demonstrates its competence in this area with things like its update policy, which is still free of charge, yet the company provides all of its users with new revisions of their software whenever these are released. That's extremely rare, and hugely appreciated by our customers.’