PASSIONATE ABOUT MUSIC
We specialize in vintage music and old time favorites. We have analog and digital equipment and tools to convert sound and to cut records to achieve the perfect matching ‘original’ sound without artificial gimmicks.
MODERN AUDIO CHAIN
Cutting or restoring vintage sound does not mean bad quality – quite the opposite. We use technology made by BEHRINGER, KLIPSCH, SENNHEISER, TEAC, TASCAM, DBX and more to create great sound without fake effects
DIGITAL OR ANALOG?
You decide – but a careful touch can make a big difference. We can apply digital methods to edit and enhance the signal (click/pop removal ..) or convert from / to PCM (WAV), DSD or compressed formats like MP3 or FLAC.
WHAT WE DO
The finest musicians, artists, conductors, most of them long gone, left us with thousands of performances, songs, compositions and recordings.
Giants like Caruso, Rachmaninoff, Kreisler, Ellington, Armstrong and so many others gave us hours and hours of music - pure and raw - without technical gimmicks.
We honor their lives by remastering and reissuing important parts of their work on MONO 78rpm records - an unbelievable listening experience.
We also supply 78rpm collectors and jukebox-owners with freshly cut standard-groove 10" records containing the music of their choice.
Bringing old recordings back to life.
We cut plastic and lacquer records for our customers.
We re-issue great music from the past on 78rpm
This is why we do all of it.
We work with vintage music – unfortunately often in lowe(er) source quality and in Mono. However – with the right tools – one can create a somewhat “Stereo-fied” signal. Glenn Miller’s signature “Moonlight Serenade” was composed by Miller himself while he studied musical composition under Joseph Schillinger. It was an immediate phenomenon when first released Read more about Make It Stereo[…]
While working on the liner notes for our upcoming Glenn Miller release (we are awaiting the test pressings shortly) – we used approved quotes from the bandleader himself. One of the more famous quotes is Miller’s complaint about people criticizing his “style” of music. Read more about I Don’t Want a Jazz Band
From time to time, we get calls or emails from enthusiastic young man and women asking for a trainee, apprenticeship or job at Rollofone. Listening to great music and hanging out with the rich and famous – who wouldn’t want to do that? Read more about A Day In The Life Of An Audio Engineer
Among the tunes I remastered for “Glenn Miller – Swing For the Jukebox” was, of course, “Tuxedo Junction”. I got a DSD copy from the original metal master – but, unfortunately, this more than 70 years old master was severely degraded. Would it be possible to get something out of it?
Read more about The “Tuxedo Junction” story
A lot of people believe DSD to be the format of choice when it comes to real high quality audio. If the provenance is right (e.g. if it has been recorded directly to DSD) DSD will deliver an amazing sound experience (see the differences between digital audio formats) . If you are a Linux user, Read more about Playing DSD files directly on Linux[…]
Sales of old fashioned vinyl records are surging, pressing plants are booked out. Vinyl is the new thing – even for younger folks. So – you might be tempted to try vinyl? Agreed – analog sound systems may look a bit overwhelming. But it’s really not that complicated. You have to understand one thing: Music Read more about So … you want to go vinyl?[…]
In light of the surging demands for vinyl records, we want to tell you a little bit about how records are actually created. Vinyl records contain the analog curve of sound pressed or cut into the carrier material. In order to create a record, several steps are involved that all need technical skill, training and Read more about Making Records: Part One – Cutting[…]
Part 2 of this little backgrounder looks into the process of pressing records. In the previous part, I explained the creation of a master record by cutting the analog sound into grooves on a lacquer or various plastics plate. This freshly cut record can now be played on a record player. Or it can be Read more about Making Records: Part Two – Preparing And Pressing[…]
Though we are concentrating on old-fashioned analog audio. we’re well aware (and occasional use) digital technology to modify, enhance sound or read or write to digital media. We also know about those raging battles between the analog-only aficionados and digital proponents. Let’s give you a short overview from a neutral perspective. Audio / Sound is Read more about A Short Primer On Digital Audio[…]