Anyone using 'Capstan' software by Celemony ?

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by jimcovington, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. jimcovington

    jimcovington Member

    I contacted Mathis Nitschke to discuss the product and share my question about the price [as many have]. I would just like to know if anyone on this forum has tried even the demo version on any of your problem recordings? Wow and Flutter is a serious problem in the restoration business, and I have recordings that I was unable to fix because of their extreme wow and flutter issues and so had to give them back to the client. I am currently working on 1950's NBC Tv shows and International Opera Sopranos live recordings as well as 1970's rock groups master tapes dating back to 1950's, 1960, 1970's.
    If anyone could share their experiences or opinions or suggestions, I would be appreciative. If you have not heard of this software, nor tried it, please try the demo and give me your opinion.
    I am not new to the recording industry [professionally active for over 47+ years with studio ownership, production for TV, movies, etc. ] but I welcome the learned knowledge of all those younger than myself.

    thank you,

    Jim Covington

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  2. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    I don't do restoration, so I had not looked into it at all. But that is a bit of sticker shock. ($4,500 for those who have not clicked through.) My guess is that the restoration market is so small and so unlikely to grow that they are trying to make their development costs on a few heavy buyers and give them a head start on the little guys for their money. For labels with a large catalog I guess it would be cost effective even at the current price.

    Have you tried it? What do you think? Does it work?
  3. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    There is a demo available, but yes that is quite a sticker shock.

    But if you're doing restoration fulltime, it looks like an interesting tool.
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    I checked out the iZotope RX2 and felt its features at $1500 US wasn't much more valid than all the rest. And at $4500, Capstan damn well better be able to get rid of wow & flutter. That would almost be worth the cost of admission. But why on earth would they name their product after the device that caused the problem to begin with? The price is quite unrealistic and not even Cedar costs that much. Although it must be fascinating mathematical gobbledygook in order to be able to remove those artifacts. I'd say go for it if you're not going for the motorcycle this year.

    I don't even want to try the demo because I'll probably like it.
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  5. AToE

    AToE Active Member

    That is crazy expensive, glad I'd have absolutely no use for this and as such can't be tempted. I'm taking a wild guess that it will perform absolutely amazingly though, this is the people who invented DNA (Direct Note Access) after all, so as far as I'm concerned they can pretty much do anything!
  6. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    I have lots of Reel to Reels That I have to start archiving shortly. And it's nice that I will be doing it from a new Scully 280B. And I figure in another 20 years when it's time to transfer that archive, wow & flutter reduction will just be later updates in our current crummy crop. And just think, it'll only cost you $15. So I think I can live with my .03%. And no, I'm not kidding, it is a new 280B. After all, I built it in 1980 when I worked there. I took out those lousy output transformers. I'm thinking about sticking a couple of my extra Marinair/NEVE output transformers on that?? Now I'm starting to drool again.

    My piano has no vibrato
    Mx. Remy Ann David

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