St. Louis, MO (May 10, 2004)–Sacred Heart/Contact Radio, based in St. Louis, has acquired a Retouch system, developed by audio restoration specialists CEDAR Audio, to help it dramatically increase its return on investment in both its archives of radio productions and its present and future schedule of shows.
“Contact” acquired the Retouch system for use with its SADiE RADiA system, a combination that allows the producers to quickly and efficiently clean and restore archived shows for rebroadcast, as well as create new programming that will stand the test of time. SADiE users since 1993, the “Contact” program, produced by Sacred Heart Program and syndicated to over 300 stations nationwide, portrays stories of real people meeting real-life challenges and surmounting them.
“Some of the productions in our archives go back as far as the 1950s,” said Jim Hone, production director at Sacred Heart Radio. “They were produced at a time when broadcast technology was at one stage. Today, we’re at a completely different stage, one in which any artifacts that the older productions have will be magnified considerably. But with the Retouch system, we can make them sound as good and new as they did 30 years ago.”
Contemporary productions also benefit from the application of Retouch. Sonic artifacts that occur while doing voice-overs and other open-microphone recording can be located and eliminated in seconds using Retouch’s powerful algorithms working with the SADiE workstation’s speedy processing.
“This represents a major improvement in quality overall for us, whether we’re talking about new or archived programming,” said Hone. “At a time when the importance of content has never been greater because of all the ways in which it can be repurposed, SADiE and Retouch give us the power to leverage that content.”