Announcing the winners of the CEDAR Awards 2000

CEDAR Award 2000

26 October 2000

CEDAR Audio is pleased to announce the winners of The 2000 CEDAR Awards, which recognise outstanding contributions in the field of audio restoration. The judging was carried out by a panel that included CEDAR's in-house audio engineer, Tony Webster, who explains, "As in previous years, the quality of the submissions was excellent. We listened to 'before' and 'after' samples of each, because we were looking for material that had been restored without changing the fundamental nature of the original recording."

Marketing Manager, Deborah Coral adds, "The CEDAR Awards are a great opportunity for us to discover more about the projects on which CEDAR is used. We always look forward to receiving the entries, and the winning material demonstrates the variety and quality of work being carried out. We would like to thank everyone who submitted work for The CEDAR Awards 2000. I hope that all CEDAR users (and especially those who didn't win this year) will enter in 2001."

CEDAR also presents a special Award to one of its dealers to recognise exceptional performance over the past 12 months.

"... and the winners are ..."

CD REMASTERING FROM A MODERN RECORDING - POST 1949
WINNER: Simon Gibson, Abbey Road Studios, UK: Franz Lehar - The Merry Widow (1962-3) Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (EMI Classics CMS 5673702)

Simon has completed a wide variety of audio restoration projects, ranging from early 78s and classical recordings from EMI's extensive archives, to modern-day world-music albums for EMI's Hemisphere label. He used Decrackle and NR-3 Noise Reduction modules running as part of a CEDAR for Windows System to restore The Merry Widow.

CD REMASTERING FROM A VINTAGE RECORDING - PRE 1950
WINNER: Marina and Victor Ledin, & Stuart A. Rosenthal, USA: Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.2. (Recorded 1944)

Performed by pianist Benno Moiseiwitsch and the Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by George Weldon, the original recording contained crackles, background noise, and hiss. Marina and Victor Ledin, & Stuart A. Rosenthal used the Decrackle and NR-3 Noise Reduction processes on CEDAR for Windows to remove these.

POST PRODUCTION OF A FILM SOUNDTRACK
WINNER: Novastar Digital Sound Services, USA: Once Upon a Time starring Cary Grant (1944)

Restored for Sony Picture Entertainment, Novastar Digital Sound Services in Hollywood used three CEDAR Series X units to remove clicks, crackle and hiss from Once Upon a Time.

AUDIO RESTORATION FOR BROADCAST USE
WINNER: Andy Pearce, Masterpiece, UK: Bing Crosby & Louis Armstrong - Lazy Bones (1951)

Taken from a 16" acetate, this recording contained clicks and crackle. Andy Pearce used a CEDAR SERIES 2 DC-1 De-Clicker and a CR-1 De-Crackler to remove these.

AUDIO RESTORATION FOR FORENSIC USE
WINNER: Axel Thiel, the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation

Axel Thiel uses NR-3 Noise Reduction as part of his CEDAR for Windows System to reduce noise and increase the intelligibility of black box and other forensic audio recordings.

DEALER OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Uwe Seyfert - For-Tune GmbH, Germany

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