The Audio Restoration Section of the Media Library is responsible for the restoration and re-mastering of audio. The Audio is obtained from recordings of local artists, recorded in various SABC Studios around the country, between the years 1950 and 1986. These recordings were made by the SABC to promote local talent, as well as provide local content for broadcast purposes.
Most of the audio is sourced from vinyl records. These are washed, cleaned and then recorded into a sophisticated computer for digitizing, electronic cleaning and transfer to CD.
All the necessary data, e.g. song titles, composers, artists and writers, is captured. We then design covers and sleeves for the CD, which contains this captured data. If necessary, the CD will also be duplicated here.
When the process is finished, the master CD is stored, the duplicates are distributed and the CD is used for broadcasting as and when necessary.
- Maryna Barnard, Bags Farrell, Sound Restoration Unit