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Some of our audio and video tape restoration reviews

I was recommended Sean through a recording studio and he did a wonderful job on mastering our EP through an analog tape for my project Kōya Belharra. I had the chance to have him on the phone and he sounded very authentic and passionate about this process. We'll definitely be working together again in the near future. xx

Lucas Vedel, singer

Kōya Belharra

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Sean had a very special project for me, working with my parents’ very old and battered wedding tape. You couldn’t make anything out on it and my Mum was heartbroken. Sean restored it to a quality so brilliant it was like we were in the room and it was happening live. Not a dry eye in the house when it was played! Sean is an absolute master at what he does. No job is too big or too small and he is an absolute creative genius. He is also the nicest person I’ve met and I drove all day from the South to the North to see him and would do the same again in a heartbeat. If you have anything you want doing to the most fantastic standard and it’s precious and you want it done by the nicest person you could meet, then Sean is the man. Thank you for literally making our dreams come true. We will be forever grateful.

- Katy, on her parents' wedding cassette recording -

Absolutely brilliant service. I had some irreplaceable reels, unplayed since the early 80s and haphazardly stored. Sean baked and transferred them, with some repair work also involved, and the results are superb. Fast service and excellent communication into the bargain. Can't thank you enough.

Colm Redmond, musician

FANDANGO! sound! 

You've done it!!!!!!!!!! ALL GOOD.... Clear and bright...THANK YOU!!!!!!

Mike Jewell

Amazing service, VHS dropped off Tuesday, the very next day I received an electronic version of the programme I wanted, colour enhanced

David Stevinson

I was recommended Sean through a recording studio and he did a wonderful job on mastering our Ep through an analog tape for my project Kōya Belharra.
I had the chance to have him on the phone and he sounded very authentic and passionate about this process. We'll definitely be working together again in the near future.

- Lucas, Kōya Belharra -

I had a set of old multitrack master tapes that I was going to transfer to a DAW. The only problem was they were quite badly shedding. I sent them to Sean who baked them for me in his specialist tape baking oven. Now they are playing back perfectly. Sean turned them around in a day too, which was amazing and greatly appreciated.

Phil Bourne

Sean digitised Kevin McDermott’s analogue archives, including original Popgun/Suede Crocodiles demos, and early sketches of the Suffocation Blues and Mother Nature’s Kitchen albums. Some of the tapes that needed restoration were nearly forty years old and contained the only recordings of specific tracks. Sean baked the ¼” reels before digitising them to .wav and MP3 files. He then filmed the process and supplied videos. The file-sharing of the digitised material was simple and efficient, and the quality was outstanding. He provided faithful transfers of the material in the first instance, but also provides mastering services, which was great. Communication with Sean was clear, timely, friendly and helpful. The process from start to finish was an adventure, and Sean’s enthusiasm for audio restoration is contagious. Thank you so much.

Julie Gilbey 

- Kevin McDermott -

I've just had a whole bunch of 80s Ampex reels baked and remastered by Sean - what a brilliant service. Retrieved so much audio (as well as forgotten memories) and all turned around in a few short days. Great communication and all at an extremely reasonable cost. If you've got some tapes you need bringing back to life, Sean is your man.

Lee Beddow

Sean’s done a great job ‘baking’, restoring & digitising reel to reel tapes by my old band Yachts (whom none of you will have heard of) and The Christians (whom some of you might’ve heard of)...some of these tapes date back to 1977, and they’ve all been restored perfectly...

Perhaps I need to release them!

Thanks so much, Sean!

Oh, and we made a film:

Henry Priestman, 

- Yachts, The Christians -

Thanks for a great job Sean, great service and communication, loved getting the audio of my family tapes back restored and cleaned up, thanks so much!

Louisa Roach,

She Drew the Gun

From the Strawberry archive, a previously-unheard full version of an early mix of 10cc's I'm Not In Love. What genius to have realised that less was more for the final version! Thanks to Sean Macreavy Media for baking the tape and transferring the sound

Peter Wadsworth

- The Strawberry Archive -

Big holler out to

@SeanMMedia who magicked some of my nearly 50 year old tapes into the digital domain. My first couple of electronic compositions and an early 80’s funk workout, shudder! Thanks Sean, (and he’s a gooner)

Paul Kendall

- Ex-Recoil -

Just had three 1980s tapes of very rare material transcribed by Sean. Two were on Ampex 456, and of the period to suffer from the dreaded “sticky tape syndrome”. Sean baked them first and then did a series of impeccable transfers. One track has already been used in a new documentary film, another is in the process of being mastered for release by 1-11 Music later this year. First class job, thanks Sean.

Paul 'Doc' Stewart,

- Record Producer & Filmmaker

Great full on music geek couple of days for me. Transfer of unique 46 year old studio reels was never going to be easy. Baked in an oven first to give them the best chance to transfer reel to reel, all recordings were preserved and sounded absolutely amazing, just as if we were back in that studio in 1977. Thanks to Sean Macreavy

James Williams

- The Clash, 1977 -

I gave Sean some old reel to reel tapes which had been stored in a cupboard for nearly 60 years, not expecting to get anything from them as they were in such poor condition. Sean managed to extract quite a bit of data from the tapes, in particular a large part of a live rehearsal session of a group we used to know and few seconds of my late mum and dads voices. we now have a treasured memory of times past which we could never have recovered without Sean's expertise. All in all a great service at a very reasonable price highly recommended, thanks Sean

Sid Barnfield

Excellent work from Sean Macreavy Media. Prompt response and nothing was too much trouble when I asked for additional services. Quality enhancement to my 43 and 44 year old master tapes which has returned them to pristine as recorded sound I am really pleased with the results and will be recommending Sean and Company to all my contacts. 

Mike Young

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