Audio Engineering and Restoration Services
Welcome fellow music lover.
Malone Digital fuses authenticity with precision. We produce sound that is faithful to its analog heritage yet leverages the exactness of digital technology. In doing so, our audio archaeologists reveal the rich qualities that made historical recordings special and combine them with 21st century reproduction. In short, it's the best that both worlds offer. If this sounds like what you are striving for, you have come to the right place.
The links below provide more information on our services, philosophy and project work.
Audio Engineering and Restoration Services
An overview of Malone Digital's audio engineering and restoration services and what we will bring to your next project.
Our Work - Audio Projects
Commentary on selected Malone Digital projects, including: Breakfast at Tiffany's, Star Trek: The Original Series, Hatari!, and A Place in the Sun.
Articles, Analyses and Commentary
This site also attempts to collate a history of film music recording engineers and the venues in which they worked. For example, you will be able to learn about Eric Tomlinson and the Anvil Film and Recording Group's contribution to recorded history.
So, put some music on, make yourself comfortable and have a read.
Recording the Star Wars Saga
A comprehensive 42 page chronicle of the scoring and recording of both the Original and Prequel Star Wars trilogies. Unique and never-before published comments from the engineers who recorded the scores are included to provide technical details on miking setups and recording media.
Recording Engineer - Eric Tomlinson ( PDF 1.20 MB)
A detailed profile of one of the most prolific and successful film music recording engineers of the 20th century. In a career that spans over 40 years, Eric Tomlinson has captured some of the most famous film music in history. His recordings for scores including Goldfinger, Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark have been forever etched into the collective consciousness of generations of film music fans. Tomlinson was instrumental in establishing the Cine-Tele Sound (CTS) studios, Anvil Film and Recording Group and Abbey Road Studio 1 as premiere film music recording venues in England.
Anvil of Denham - A Brief Musical History
A brief history of the Anvil Film and Recording Group's "Denham" years through to 1980.
The Cine-Tele Sound (CTS) Studios - A Brief Musical History
A brief history of the Cine-Tele Sound (CTS) Studios from inception at Bayswater to the Watford Colosseum.
Superman Blue Box Listening Test
A review of Film Score Monthly's Superman Blue Box set released in February 2008. Raises questions about what the term "restoration" really means.
Where Was That Recorded?
Details of recording venues and engineers for older films. This page attempts to collate information that might otherwise be lost to the sands of time.
Auditioning Audio System Components
A handful of Malone Digital's favourite test tracks to audition audio system components with.
Suggestions for music compilations of material from other albums.
Capsule Comments and Controversy - Brief Reviews of Something Old or Something New
Brief reviews and commentary on the quality of an old or new CD release ranging from film to popular music. Includes comments on: Abbey Road by The Beatles; the Concord Records Indiana Jones Trilogy soundtracks; the James Bond series; Tadlow Music's The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes; and a smorgasbord of well-produced albums from Film Score Monthly and Intrada.
You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view some articles on this site.
Links to Other Resources
Sonograms - Comparing Star Wars Music Releases
High resolution versions of sonograms (spectrograms) presented in documents elsewhere on this site.
- Information Technology (IT) Tips and Tricks
An assortment of IT related tips and tricks.
- Loudness War
Matt Mayfield's simple, yet elegant, YouTube example of the excessive dynamics processing found in many "remastered" albums.
- Film Score Monthly Message Board
The original hangout for film score enthusiasts.
- Steve Hoffman Music Forums
A wealth of resources for audiophiles and music lovers alike courtesy of mastering genius Steve Hoffman.