Graphics:   

Shown here are examples of imprinting on the CD, the jewel case insert, and tray card.  We use thermal wax system  (Rimage) for printing the CD lable.  This produces a label comparable to screen printing.  It is durable, scratch resistant, and waterproof.  We do not use paper labels on the CD.  The jewel case insert and tray card are laser printed on heavy weight paper.  

We will design a CD label, jewel case insert and tray card for you.  We will send you proofs (electronically) of the designs for your approval.  Any photos or artwork you wish to include should be high quality: for optimal scanning, photos should be glossy 3×5″ or larger, sharp black & white or color.  Electronically submitted photos and artwork should be 1-5 MB or larger, as a Windows compatible file, such as .jpeg, .tiff,   Files imbedded within an email or text message can be problematic to extract, therefore electronic submissions should be sent as separate files, i.e. attachments.

Examples of graphics:

Recordings:

The samples below were recorded by Magnetic Memories from performances by church choirs, high school and middle school choirs, high school and middle school concert bands, and smaller ensembles.  They were recorded ‘live’ by Magnetic Memories at various venues, except for the Elvis impersonator in which the voice was dubbed over the CD and assembled from several takes of a ‘recording session’.  These samples are presented here to highlight various aspects of the recordings, including removal of background noise and most clapping (a personal preference of mine), silence between pieces, and the addition of ambience to enhance the esthetics of the performance.  

To appreciate the true quality of the recordings, the listener is encouraged to listen with good speakers powered by a good receiver or amplifier.  Good quality earphones or in ear monitors are also acceptable.  As a testament to the live recording process, listen closely and you will hear an occasional wrong note, cough, or baby cry.  These are the extraneous noises that may be present in a live recording which are not able to be removed in ‘postproduction’ processing.  

Some Examples of Editing/Processing (Format Conversion to CD and De-Noise):

The following samples are presented to appraise the listener of some of the more common noise issues present on archival recordings encountered during ‘format conversion’ to CD and how they sound after processing.  Each sample is divided in two parts – the first half is the original source and the second half is the result after processing.  Some of these examples are from commercial recordings and others are from personal recordings.  All the samples have been digitized from their original analog source.  Audible tape hiss is always present on all audiocassettes that do not have encoded noise reduction.  Tape hiss is often not obvious on casual listening.  To appreciate the difference with tape hiss removed, you may need to increase the volume while listening carefully to those examples.  Excessive processing in noise reduction however can introduce an unpleasant artifact of unnatural metallic and other sounds.  Sometimes this is preferable to the original noise – you can hear this as you listen to #1 below (Auld Lang Syne).