lengthy lay-off (we know!), the Restoration Project is back. Over two and
a half years since we completed the most recent restoration,
All Done By Mirrors, we have
got the bit between our respective teeth and are taking a last run at the
remaining restorations, starting with this one,
A Deadly Gift, the radio series
version of television's
Cybernauts. This story is interesting in that it gives a glimpse
at the original name for the Cybernauts - Pabulum Robots - since these
productions were adapted from television scripts (though of course it is
possible that Dennis Folbigge just didn't like the Cybernaut name).
Anyway, to business:
September 2008: The serial is transferred from John Wright's original
quarter-inch recordings to Adobe Audition as CD quality WAV files. During
the copying, we noticed a small section of audio in Hugh Rouse's opening
narration for Episode One that had been obscured by a severe drop-out. Checking our older
recording received from a source other than John, we realised that this
was a fault common to all copies doing the rounds - and this would seem to
prove that all recordings of this story in circulation have John's
recording as their source. Naturally, the technical quality of his actual
tapes are much better than the much-copied bootlegs! Anyway, the good news
is that it is just possible to hear the dialogue being said in the
obscured section and we were able to recreate it exactly using words and
syllables from elsewhere in Hugh Rouse's narration. Good as new!
transferring Episode Five, we noticed a couple of nasty faults.
Remarkably, John had two copies of this episode on the tape (one not quite
fitting complete at the end of the first side, then the full episode
complete on the other), and each recording featured a different fault at a
different point, meaning that it was easy to create a fully fixed version
utilising the good footage on each alternate recording.
13th September 2008: Graphic equalisation performed on all episodes.
Episode Four would appear to have been recorded in two sections, one at a
much higher recording level than the other. As this will effect noise
reduction, we have split the file into two parts and will work on them
separately before bringing them back together again. The sound quality on
all episodes should be very good indeed, once all work is complete. Noise
reduction work was also completed today, and Episode Four re-combined. A
manual pass for clicks is next up.
We started the
manual pass on the same day. We were instantly faced with a problem right
at the start of Episode One, where are nasty series of clicks.
here.] With a little ingenuity and a modicum of luck, we were able
to cover and recreate the damaged area using silences and syllables from
elsewhere in Hugh Rouse's narration.
[Listen to the fixed
soundfile.] The remaining part of the
episode presented no problems that were out of the ordinary or that needed
difficult fixes. Episode Two and Three were also processed on the Saturday
afternoon, each taking about an hour and a half to go through and apply
the necessary fixes. Again, nothing out of the ordinary.
September 2008: The declicking continues... with Episodes Four,
Five and Six completed this morning. Routine problems, easily fixed.
Episode Six exhibited a high number of clicks compared to the other
episodes in this story, but none were particularly problematic, just
labour intensive. The work is complete.
Alan and Alys Hayes