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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 CEDARs 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 CEDARs current standard):
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 dont will vote with their wallets.