Audio Restoration

The Sound Restoration Unit of the SABC was established during the 1950’s.  The Department was  established as a means of recording local music for use as broadcast content, as well as establishing local artists. The Department is now responsible for converting the collection  of records to CD and re-distributing the music to all  SABC media libraries in the country.  With a constantly changing technology and the switch to digital sound, the Sound Restoration Unit has had to keep up with the changes.


The Unit now concentrates on the following:

  • Audio Restoration: The department operates two Sonic Studio  NoNoise Studios offering facilities for noise  removal and Sound Restoration  and, 
  • CD and DVD duplication with our in-house sleeve design and CD printing section.

The Sound Restoration Unit of the Media Library is responsible for the restoration and re-mastering of audio. The audio is obtained from recordings of local artists, recorded in various SABC Studios around the country, between the years 1950 and 1986. These recordings were made by the SABC to promote local talent, as well as provide local content for broadcast purposes.


Most of the audio is sourced from vinyl records. These are washed, cleaned and then recorded into a sophisticated computer for digitizing, electronic cleaning and transfer to CD.


All the necessary data, e.g. song titles, composers, artists and writers, is captured. We then design covers and sleeves for the CD, which contains this captured data. If necessary, the CD will also be duplicated here.


When the process is finished, the master CD is stored, the duplicates are distributed and the CD is used for broadcasting as and when necessary.

Contact Details:
Edward Macie
Sound Restoration Technician

Tel:              +27 11 714 2780  


Maryna Barnard
Sound Restoration Administrator
Tel:             +27 11 714 2770       

Recent Articles

  • A quick peek in the SABC Audio Restoration - I am holding... Bags Farrell works as a sound engineer in the Audio Restoration Section, where they restore and re-master audio.SABC Audio Restoration is part of the SABC Media ...
    Posted 17 Apr 2013, 03:03 by Sabc Media Libraries
  • A quick peek in the SABC Audio Restoration Section: I am holding... Maryna Barnard is working on a on a Southern-Sotho-Hymn more
    Posted 21 Feb 2013, 01:26 by Sabc Media Libraries
  • Wordless Wednesday in audio restoration see more
    Posted 15 Mar 2012, 02:14 by Sabc Media Libraries
  • Audio Restoration prepared a recording of Nikola Petrovic, “My heart is a Violin” Nikola Petrovic was born in 1918 in Osijek, Yugoslavia.                                                                                                                                                             He gave his first public concert at the age of seven.         read more...
    Posted 23 Jul 2010, 01:04 by Sabc Media Libraries
  • Audio Restoration mastered and prepared "East is number one" with Dennis East as lead vocal. Dennis East was born in Durban.  Dennis started playing in bands at school, eventually joining up with the band “The Statesman” and turned professional in 1969.     Read more...
    Posted 21 May 2010, 06:06 by Sabc Media Libraries
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