Had the Job of backing up the main track today of my latest film which was a very much appreciated present from my close family members.
It was the Mono feature print of Derann's "Gentleman Prefer Blondes". It came to me initially only having the original Derann recording of the soundtrack on the main stripe only. This film was printed on Kodak LPP Polyester Stock and due to the era it was printed in, it was also on pre striped stock which is always a bonus!
I did today, what I always do with a print I am satisfied with regarding the original sound recording and that was to back up the main mono track onto track 2 by dubbing it using the Goko Editor.
I was pleasantly surprised with this one in that, given the slightly earlier era it was made in by Derann, the main track was originally recorded perfectly, often peaking at 0db, and dare I say even exceeding 0db for the highest peak periods within the soundtrack, often where there are musical passages.
This then produced, in turn, a wonderful recording to the balance track given the quality and levels of the original recording plus the fact that pre striped stock offers the best solution all round for guaranteeing a nice strong balance side without any drift or dropouts.
No distortion throughout though, despite the fact for a few milliseconds, the track exceeds 0db levels as seen here, so well done here Derek!
These are some of the meter readings registered first during recording on the Editor and then during playback using the editor and projector.
Very very pleased with these results straight from the original, here today!
I just wish they had all been issued like this!