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Perhaps a better idea than using a bureau service for such a critical application as the restoration of artistically and commercially valuable archive material is the possibility of buying a CEDAR system...

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Perhaps a better idea than using a bureau service for such a critical application as the restoration of artistically and commercially valuable archive material is the possibility of buying a CEDAR system. Installed in a studio with good acoustics, and operated by an experienced sound engineer there is every possibility of excellent results. At present, CEDAR seems to be in a transitional phase between the theoreticians who devised the process, the computer experts who implemented the system, and the sound engineers and other musically aware people who ought to be in charge of its use.

If CEDAR’s past has not exactly been ideal in terms of a product launch, then this is no reason to suppose that its future may not be very bright indeed. Arguments about restoration and enhancement will no doubt continue, but if CEDAR is placed in the hands of audio professionals and seen as a tool to be used rather than a total solution, then it has every chance of success.


Some commercially available CEDAR processed recordings (some older releases are not up to CEDAR’s current standard):

  • Albert Lee: Hiding (A&M 394750-2)
  • The Best of the Big Bands: Benny Goodman (CBS CK 45338)
  • Glen Grey (CBS CK 45345) Woody Herman (CBS CK 45340) Les Brown (CBS CK 45344) Cab Calloway (CBS CK 45336) Kay Kyser (CBS CK 45343) Hal Kemp (CBS CK 45346)
  • Columbia Jazz Masterpieces: Gene Krupa (CBS CK 45448)
  • Billie Holliday Vol 6 (CBS CK 45449) Bix Beiderbecke (CBS CK 45450)
  • Noel Coward: Noel 1928-1938 (Conifer CDHD 168) Jack Buchanan: This’ll Make You Whistle (Conifer CMSCD 010)
  • Elizabeth Schwarzkopf: Recital (EMI CDH 7 63201 2) Rudolf Serkin: Bach/Beethoven (EMI CDH 7 63494 2) Dinu Lipatti: Chopin/Grieg concerti (EMI CDH 7 63497 2) Pablo Casals: Dvorak/Elgar/Bruch (EMI CDH 7 63498 2)
  • Various: The George Formby Years (Grosvenor Records CDGRS 1224)
  • Roger Whittaker: Live at the Tivoli (Polygram Music Video 081 1843)
  • Holst: The Planets (NIXA CD6013)
  • Various: The Bing Crosby Years (Reader’s Digest Records RDCD 121-6)

Unfortunately, while CEDAR Audio Ltd require the CEDAR logo to be included in the CD booklet, it is not always present on the cover which is the only place it would be seen in the shop if the product was shrink-wrapped. Just as many people would be unhappy about buying a mono recording which had been artificially processed into stereo, there is a distinct need for restoration and enhancement processes, CEDAR and others, to be identified so the customer has the opportunity of judging which process they think is best. Obviously, people who like what they hear will want to buy more, those who don’t will vote with their wallets.

By David Mellor Thursday January 1, 2004