London, U.K. (May 27, 2011)-At the recent AES Convention in London, Celemony Software premiered its Capstan music restoration program.
According to the company, Capstan removes wow and flutter from musical material of all kinds and is therefore targeted for professional restoration and mastering studios. Capstan runs as a standalone application under Windows and Mac OS, supports all common 2-track formats and will start shipping in mid June 2011.
Celemony claims that Capstan can remove wow and flutter from musical recordings on tape, compact cassette, wax, shellac or vinyl, stating that it analyzes the musical material itself, so the medium is of no relevance. The Capstan algorithm reportedly is capable of recognizing wow, flutter and continuous speed variations within the musical material itself and makes possible detailed editing that extends to drawing in the curve manually. It is based on the patented DNA (Direct Note Access) technology of the company's Melodyne, which is used for the editing of pitch and timing.
"Already during the Capstan test phase, we unearthed our first musical treasure," relates Capstan product specialist Mathis Nitschke. "A recording of Wilhelm Furtwängler conducting Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in 1954. Even to this day, the interpretation is regarded as perfect, but the same unfortunately could no longer be said of the tape, chronic wow and flutter and even a momentary tape freeze having hitherto spoilt the enjoyment. Thanks to Capstan, a restored version will now be released in 2012."