Announcing the winners of the CEDAR Awards 2001
18 September 2001
CEDAR Audio is pleased to announce the winners of The 2001 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, "We listened to 'before' and 'after' samples for each entry, and we were looking for material that had been restored without changing the fundamental nature of the original recording. As in previous years, the quality of the submissions was outstanding and it was difficult choosing just one per category."
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: Jon Astley, UK
George Harrison - All Things Must Pass (1970)
Jon Astley removed scratches, clicks, crackle, and hiss from All Things Must Pass using a CEDAR SERIES 2 CR-1 Decrackler alongside Declick for SADiE and Denoise for SADiE. This is the second CEDAR Award to be presented to Jon. He also won in this category in 1998 for the restoration of The Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions on Atlantic Recordings.
CD REMASTERING FROM A VINTAGE RECORDING - PRE 1950
WINNER: Ted Kendall, UK
Eddie South - Black Gypsy: The Complete Victor, Gramophone and ARC Recordings 1927 - 1934 (Frog Records DGF36)
Ted Kendall used a SERIES 2 DC-1 Declicker, a CR-1 Decrackler plus NR3 Noise Reduction running on CEDAR for Windows. This equipment was used alongside Declick and Dethump for SADiE to remove noise from source material that included American stock shellac, French laminated pressings, and vinyl test pressings. This is the third CEDAR Award presented to Ted Kendall.
POST PRODUCTION OF A FILM SOUNDTRACK
WINNER: Novastar Digital Sound Services, USA
Vincent Price - The Invisible Man Returns: Universal Pictures (1940)
Tim Carpenter at Novastar Digital Sound Services restored The Invisible Man Returns using CEDAR Series X units to remove scratches, clicks, crackle and hiss. Novastar is the winner of this category for the second consecutive year after winning in 2000 for the restoration of Cary Grant - Once Upon a Time (1944).
AUDIO RESTORATION FOR BROADCAST USE
WINNER: ITN, UK
Live Coverage of the British General Election Results 2001
Coverage of the General Election was presented live from the floor of the Atrium at ITN's Headquarters. Nick Ashton and Paul Cunningham used a CEDAR DNS1000 to remove unwanted sounds including cooling fan noise from the banks of large LED screens, a plasma screen and lighting dimmers, as well as reverberation in the 3D virtual reality suite.
AUDIO RESTORATION FOR FORENSIC USE
WINNER: Alan French, BSB Forensic, UK
Alan French uses a range of CEDAR equipment to reduce noise and increase the intelligibility of covert surveillance and other forensic audio recordings.
Due to the confidential nature of Mr French's work, we cannot give further details.
DEALER OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Dave Dysart, HHB Communications Canada Ltd
Dave Dysart helped identify the market requirement for a digital noise suppressor that could clean dialogue and remove location noise, and was part of the inspiration that led to the development of the DNS1000. This achievement coupled with his dedicated sales and support in Canada has led us to present him with a CEDAR Award for the second time in four years.
For further information:
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