Announcing the winners of The CEDAR Awards 2002

CEDAR Award 2002

1 November 2002

CEDAR Audio is pleased to announce the winners of The 2002 CEDAR Awards which recognise outstanding contributions in the field of audio restoration. Nominations were invited in each of the following categories, and this year's winners include studios and engineers working as far afield as India, Canada, Germany, Australia, Poland and the UK.

Marketing Manager, Deborah Coral, explains, "This is the fifth year that we have presented The CEDAR Awards, and the quality of the entries never fails to astound us. The judging of the Award submissions is one of our annual highlights, and it is a wonderful opportunity to hear the audio that our customers produce, and to keep up-to-date with them."

Judging was carried out by a panel that listened to 'before' and 'after' samples for each entry, and who 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 made it a very difficult task to choose just one winner per category. Nonetheless, judging is now complete and we are pleased to announce the winners.

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

CD REMASTERING FROM A MODERN RECORDING - POST 1949 Debasish Mahapatra, Pancham Studios Pvt. Ltd
WINNER: Debasish Mahapatra - Pancham Studios Pvt. Ltd: Doctor Zhivago (Composer, Maurice Jarre) - MGM Records (1965)

Debasish Mahapatra at Pancham Studios, India used a 33 1/3 rpm vinyl record as source material to restore the soundtrack of the classic film Doctor Zhivago. Using his CEDAR Series 2 DC-1 De-Clicker, CR-1 De-Crackler, and DH-2 De-Hisser, Mr Mahapatra successfully removed unwanted clicks, scratches, crackle and surface hiss.


CD REMASTERING FROM A VINTAGE RECORDING - PRE 1950 Gilles St Laurent
WINNER: Gilles St-Laurent, National Library of Canada: La chanson du bavard - Madame Edouard Bolduc (1931)

Gilles St-Laurent restored this 78rpm disc as part of a Bolduc retrospective that includes her entire recorded output of approximately 160 songs. This comprehensive project required the use of a range of CEDAR for Windows processes including WIN1: Declick, WIN2: Decrackle, WIN4: NR3 Noise Reduction, and WIN5: Phase Correction.


POST PRODUCTION OF A FILM SOUNDTRACK Eberhard Koehler
WINNER: Eberhard Koehler - Powerplay Mastering, Germany: Gregory Peck, 12 O' Clock High - 20th Century Fox (1951)

Eberhard Koehler had to remove clicks, crackle, hiss and a variety of other problems before the French version of 12 O' Clock High could be released on DVD. Three CEDAR Series X units - the DCX declicker, CRX decrackler, and DHX dehisser were used alongside the DNS1000 Dynamic Noise Suppressor.


AUDIO RESTORATION FOR BROADCAST USE Ted Kendall
WINNER: Ted Kendall, UK: Round the Horne - Series One - The Collectors Edition, BBC Worldwide

Ted Kendall is already well-known for his CEDAR restorations of The Goon Show and Hancock's Half Hour, and has now won his fourth CEDAR Award for restoring the first series of 'Round the Horne - The Collectors Edition', which was recently released for the first time as a CD box set.


AUDIO RESTORATION FOR FORENSIC USE Graeme Kinraid
WINNER: Graeme Kinraid, Australian Federal Police

Graeme Kinraid 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 Kinraid's work, we cannot give details of the recordings.


DEALER OF THE YEAR Bogdan Wojciechowski
WINNER: Bogdan Wojciechowski and Wojciech Karolak - DAVE s.c. - Poland

DAVE s.c. is one of CEDAR's most dedicated dealers, and we are delighted to present The CEDAR Dealer of the Year Award 2002 to Mr Wojciechowski and Mr Karolak. They have transformed the CEDAR market in Poland, introducing CEDAR to the audio market, as well as hosting many audio forensic seminars.


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