Records to CD
(Operated by DLF Music Transfer, LLC)
2985 Wilmington Road
Lebanon, Ohio 45036
513-274-1144 www.Record-to-CD.com 866-384-6970
Frequently Asked Restore Lp to CD Questions
From the time I receive your lp until I ship your your restore lp and cd back to you is usually about one week. During peak times, our turn-around time can extend to 2 weeks, but will not stretch past that 2 week period.
I can accept payment in four forms – personal check, money order, cash, and Paypal. Because I have wonderful customers, I prefer a personal check included with your restore lp to cd order. Of course, if you prefer to use a money order, please feel free to do so. Cash is best only for those customers who drop their records off in person. If you wish to pay by credit card, you can do so from the website using Paypal.
Because we don't begin the restore work until we have received full payment, it is best if you include your full payment with your lp when you send the order.
YES !!! In order to obey copyright laws, we must return your original media. According to the copyright laws, the CD we make for you from your records are permanently paired with the records you sent for conversion to CD. It is the lp that you purchased that holds the copyright for the music copied to your new CD. You should retain the lp to prove you have purchased a copy of the copyright to the music held on the CD.
It is legal for a consumer to restore for his or her own use copyrighted material from one medium he has purchased to another medium. You must, however, retain the lp since the copyright you purchased is attached to that item. Making multiple copies is not legal unless you own multiple copyrights obtained from purchasing multiples of the original media, or if you are the original copyright owner. I operate my business following copyright laws. Accordingly, I cannot make CDs when I suspect that the customer's intent is to reproduce my work to make multiple copies.
It is my assumption that each of my customers has obtained a legal copy of any lp sent to DLF Music Transfer.
If you would like multiple copies of personal or family lp, please contact me. A personal or family lp is not limited by the same guidelines as copyrighted materials and can be reproduced as many times as you wish.
How do I know you've received my lp?
If you provide an e-mail address with your lp, you will receive an e-mail from USPS when your order is checked into our system. When you receive this e-mail, you will know that your lp has arrived....safe and sound. In addition, this e-mail will provide you with the USPS tracking number that will be activated when I ship your restore lp back to you with your cd. This e-mail also gives you an opportunity to verify that the shipping address in our records is accurate. If you find an error in the shipping address, please let me know immediately! Your lp and cds could be shipped within a couple of days of the USPS e-mail, so it's important I correct my records as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, due to time constraints, if you do not provide an e-mail address, we do not initiate any notification that your lp has arrived. In this case, we invite you to call our toll-free number to obtain the status.
***** NOTE: If you provide an e-mail address and do not receive the e-mail from UPS, check your spam-blocked e-mails. In addition, we have experienced problems sending messages to some free e-mail accounts (i.e. Hotmail). Many times the USPS e-mail bounces back to us as undeliverable when we send to this type of account.
What if there is a problem with my order?
If there is a problem with your order, I will contact you. Please provide a daytime phone number with your order.
At times, if the problem is easily explained in e-mail, I will e-mail you. For this reason, it is important that you add firstname.lastname@example.org to your trusted senders list to prevent an important e-mail from ending up in your junk e-mail bin.
I explain the sound you will achieve this way. Play your records right now. Call that sound a zero. In comparison, a cd you buy at the store would be a perfect one. The CD we make you will get at least half-way between the zero and one. While it is possible we could get as high as 95% on that scale, we most often achieve a result in the area of 85% to 90%.
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Will the lp songs be split into tracks?
My standard procedure is to divide every cd into individual tracks. Unless your lp contains more than 12 tracks, track dividing is included in the standard restore price. If your records contains 13 or more tracks or titles (i.e. medleys), there is a surcharge for track dividing.
There can be situations when it is not appropriate to divide your cd into tracks or when the labor involved can be extensive and create additional charges. If this happens, I will contact you to discuss the situation and will follow your wishes after our discussion.
Each cd case has a reproduction of the album artwork on the front cover. The back cover has a complete song/track listing as well as the artist and release/album name. In addition, the spine of the case is labeled with the artist and release/album name so that you can find the cd easily when filed away.
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Can I download my cd to a computer?
The cds I produce are in cda format, the same format used in commercially produced cds. As such, you should be able to utilize your new cd from DLF Music just as you would a commercially produced cd you bought in a store.
I use a printable cd, not a glue-on label. Each cd is printed with the artist and release/album name as well as a listing of track/song identification. An image of the lp artwork can be added to the cd as well.
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Sound Cleaning is the computer process I use to remove much of the annoying noise produced during the playing of a lp. These sounds are grouped into 4 categories -- click, crackle, hiss and noise. A complex computer sound editing program analyzes the wave form created from your original records that becomes your recorded music. The editing program minimizes or eliminates these unpleasant sounds very gently so as not to remove any of the sounds of the music that you want to hear.
How does my lp go from an lp to a cd?
SIMPLE ANSWER: First your lp is cleaned on a state-of-the-art, automatic lp cleaner. Next your lp is are played on an “old fashioned” turntable connected to a stereo amplifier and mixer. As the lp plays, the sound from the amplifier is fed into a computer sound card. This sound card changes the analog sound from the amplifier into a digital recording which is stored on the computer. This digital recording is then reviewed by a special sound editing program that looks for unwanted sounds to be removed. This same program is used to divide your music into individual tracks. Next, artist, album title and song names are added to the digital recording on the computer imbedding them into the digital files. Finally a CD is “burned” and all the data is transferred from the computer to the CD. If you wish, a jewel case is then produced containing the imbedded information as well as a reproduction of the album artwork.
LONGER ANSWER: First both sides of your lp is cleaned on a state-of-the-art, professional lp cleaner using professional record cleaning fluid. The cleaning process begins with cleaning fluid gently scrubbed into the grooves of the lp by special short and soft bristled brush. The alcohol free, biodegradable cleaning fluid is then vacuumed off the lp. Next your lp is played on a new “modern” turntable with a new cartridge and stylus. The turntable is connected to a new, modern amplifier which is used to pump the volume up to roughly the correct level. The output from the amplifier is fed through a stereo sound mixer which is used to fine tune the final recording volume. The output from the mixer is fed into the computer via a special 24-bit, 108 dB SNR (sound to noise ratio) sound card. This sound card transforms the analog sound wave, which is used by “old fashioned” stereos, into a digital form of the music. This version of the recording is stored on the computer’s hard drive. This uncleaned digital recording is analyzed by a professional sound editing program looking for four types of unwanted sounds -- hiss, clicks, noise and crackle. Once analyzed, the correct amount of filtering for each type of correction is set and applied by the sound program. Next artist, album title and song names are imbedded into the digital recording on the computer. Finally a CD is “burned” with all this information stored on the CD. If you wish, a jewel case with this information and a computer scanned copy of the lp art is printed.
What do you do?
Seal the box and ship to DLF Music Transfer.
What are shipping/sandwiching boards?
Sandwiching boards are two, 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" wooden boards which help protect your lp against breaking or warping during shipment. These are included in both the EZ Pak and the DLF Shipping Package.
In general there are three options. These options are detailed below in order from least to most expensive:
PACK THE RECORDS YOURSELF
What do you do?
Seal the box and ship to DLF Music Transfer
You can take your records to a shipping service in your area. They will supply all the needed materials to ship your records. I have found for most customers the cost for this will be $20-$25.00. Examples of larger shipping companies include: UPS Store, Sunshine Pack & Ship, Parcel Plus, Pak mail Centers of America, Pack and Mail Plus and Post Net.
For a small charge, I will ship you a box which contains everything you need to safely ship your lps to DLF Music Transfer. All you do is place the lps between the wooden sandwiching boards as instructed, place your lps in the box, remove the liner to close the self sealing box, and have the box available for USPS. The wooden sandwiching boards I've included will help protect your lp against breaking or warping during shipment.
Of course. While I am usually in the office during normal business hours, please call ahead and let me know you're coming.
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How will my lp be returned to me?
DLF Music Ships USPS
If you prefer another method for return shipping a surcharge charge will be added to the normal shipping to recover the extra cost and/or time required. In addition, special handling required to ship by a method other than USPS may affect turn-around times by a day or two.
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