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Steve Kwartek
VidiPax, Inc
(212) 563-1999


Previous Projects Include Remastering 1913 Edison Sound Recordings

(New York, NY Ė September 9, 1998) Jim Lindner, President of VidiPax, is pleased to announce that Art Shifrin has joined the company as a restoration specialist. Art comes to VidiPax with over twenty-five years of experience in the area of audio restoration and has worked for over fifteen years as a sales executive with several of the nationís leading video manufacturers. At VidiPax, Shifrin will bring his expertise in both the areas of audio and video to consult and assist major broadcast and corporate archives in restoring and preserving their magnetic tape collections.

Since the mid 1970s, Shifrin has worked with such companies as RCA Victor, CBS Records, and the U.S. National Archives in retrieving old formats of audio recordings. In the early 1980s, he developed and manufactured a state of the art electronic playback system for reproducing antique cylinder recordings. Using this system, Shifrin remastered forgotten sound films made by Edison in 1913, transferred them to videotape and synchronized the recordings to their corresponding films. For the Fiftieth Anniversary of Vitaphone, held at the Museum of Modern Art, "Shiffy" located and restored the first Warner sound films, which had been missing for decades. As a result of his work, Shifrin has lectured at professional society meetings and colleges including NYU, SMPTE and AES Chapter Sections. His writings have been published in SMPTE Journal, American Cinematographer and Audio Magazine.

During the last fifteen years, Shifrin has built a strong reputation as a sales executive with many of the nationís leading video manufacturers. He was the first employee hired by the founders of Abekas Video Systems and his early contributions helped establish the companyís national reputation, making it a "major player" within the industry. At Abekas, his responsibilities included direct sales to major clients such as CBS, NBC, & ABC as well as working closely with CBS engineering and Election Survey Unit to interface and adapt the Abekas A62 Disk Recorder to their innovative computer driven election graphics format.

"Art Shifrin is one of the pioneers of our industry," states Lindner, "and we are extremely fortunate to have him as a member of the VidiPax team. His knowledge of audio and video, combined with his reputation in the industry, will help our company continue the process or preserving our audio and video history."

For more information, please contact VidiPax by Phone (212-563-1999), Fax (212-563-1994), Email ( or on the World Wide Web (

ATTN Editors: VidiPax is currently working on a number of very interesting projects that can be included in feature stories on the restoration of magnetic media. If you are interested in discussing any of these projects in detail, please contact Sheldon Liebman at L&S Marketing via phone (505-332-1281), fax (505-332-1286), or email (

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VidiPax, Inc. is the largest and most advanced magnetic tape restoration company in the world. Using non-invasive, proprietary cleaning techniques, VidiPax restores obsolete formats as well as magnetic tape that has been damaged by smoke, water, neglect, or age. Each tape is inspected and evaluated, cleaned thoroughly, and re-mastered onto the clientís choice of modern format. VidiPax is dedicated to restoring magnetic tape and securing our audiovisual heritage for the future.

VidiPax, Inc.
450 West 31st Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 563-1999
Fax: (212) 563-1994

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