Digital Conversion - reproducing the best possible quality of sound
My name is John Shaw and have always been involved with sound and music reproduction from quite an early age.
My interest in audio started many years ago building 'crystal set' radios and listening to the 'Home Service' on the BBC medium wave band!
I'm afraid that dates me a bit! I also remember with affection visiting the "Radio Show" exhibition each year at Earls Court, London, searching out all the products that reproduced the best sounding quality - Roberts Radios and Hacker VHF transistor receivers come to mind - beautiful!
Well, things have come a long way since then and the level of fidelity sound seems to have reached an all time high.
In the 1970's I worked as an audio and maintenance engineer at the Polytechnic of Central London (now known as The University of Westminster).
Part of my work there was involved in providing facilities for students during their 3 year media studies degree course, and assisting with various BFI and BBC projects.
Whilst there, I was part of a team creating and installing two broadcast standard radio studios designed for the compilation of radio programmes.
After a few years of freelance engineering work and location recording projects, I formed my own company 'Shaw Sounds' in November 1981.
My aim today is to produce high quality digital transfers from analog formats such as Vinyl, Shellac, Acetate 78 records, reel to reel tapes and cassettes.
With the aid of the internet, orders are received from all over the UK including projects from overseas.
Record and tape projects for conversion are always welcome whether large or small.
There seems to be increasing demand nowadays for retrieving and preserving precious sound memories to digital
They all hold valued and treasured thoughts for so many people!
Many projects have been undertaken for museums, archive establishments, film companies and broadcasting - I particularly enjoyed producing input for the John Peel programme - 'Home Truths' for BBC Radio 4 in 2004.
Some of my work involves digitising large quantities of oral history archive tapes - this is particularly satisfying, knowing that the content will be preserved for years to come for future generations.
With the growing popularity of genealogy these days, vintage audio recordings are becoming an interesting and necessary addition to family history research and documentation.
As a lover of music, it's always a pleasure to transfer vinyl LP and 78rpm record collections for enthusiasts to treasure and relive their past!
I enjoy listening to music of high quality and earn a living from allowing others to do the same. By paying attention to the smallest detail, I am an enthusiast in the quest for ultimate performance.
As a musician at my local church, I enjoy the opportunity to play a range of musical instruments from time to time, therefore have an ongoing interest in various types and styles of music.
It brings me enormous satisfaction to reproduce and restore old recordings to digital, especially vintage and archive gems!
These days, digital formats can reproduce audio at extremely high standards with no loss of quality or dynamic range. Transferring old material to digital, customers are able to relive the past and listen to sounds that will not spoil or deteriorate in years to come.
Whether it's CD, iPod, USB or any other format, the digital medium is so convenient !
My company slogan is "Reproducing the best possible quality of sound" My aim is to maintain that service for the listener at all times!
Here are a few satisfied clients
Website last updated - March 2024