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From Behind The Black Curtain Des Jose Book Launch

Des Jose finally releases his long awaited memoirs  “From Behind The Black Curtain“  tonight at the Charles Hotel

Des tells stories of the early days in the Perth Rock n Roll scene, From the Seventies, the hey days of the Eighties and changes of the 90s, As well as all those tours he did.

Tonight's launch is at the Charles Hotel 8.00pm start.

Books available on the night for signing by the man himself.

Or by contacting ProCopy after the event on 9375 3902. 

Des appeared on The Profile last year and this entertaining two part interview can be seen here on our Youtube Channel.

Des Jose - From Behind the Black Curtain


2018 APRA AMCOS Rate Card Published

The New rates for APRA AMCOS Production Music have just been released and are available for download here:


 APRA Rate Card 2018



Tech Tip - Increased Portable Hard Drive Failures

Do you use portable hard drives? Are you aware that the way you use them might be be damaging the drive?

We're seeing an increase in the number of failures with portable harddrives and of course it's really easy to lose a vast amount of information with a faulty 1Tb or 2Tb drive these days, and it's usually the "day before" you were going to do a backup! 

This is what we often see when a portable harddrive is brought in for us to transfer a clients Audio or Video files on to or when they are bringing in a drive with their artwork for a CD or DVD project. 

1Tb Portable Harddrive

Typically the USB cable is left connected and wrapped around the drive. What we're finding is that the connector is being moved around inside cases, back packs or when dropped etc. This is damaging the connections inside the drive casing and levering the small pins inside the connector, this then can cause the drive to stop working.    

So there's a really simple solution to improving the life of the drive - Remove the cable before packing the drive away for transport.


How does storage affect your CD or DVD collection

We often get CDs or DVDs brought in to ProCopy that won't play or show physical signs of problems, the expectation is that they should be replaced under warranty or that it's a shock that they have failed to work. 

Right or wrong we have been given the misconception by manufatureres and the media industry that optical discs are indestructible and can withstand any poor handling or storage.

Certainly CDs and DVDs can withstand more problems that say a vinyl record due to their inbuilt error correction.  In a practical sense they tend to withstand bad scratches until they get to a 'fatal" condition where they then fail to play at all or exhibit mutes where smaller sections won't play properly. 

Leaving discs outside of the packaging, on table tops or on the floor of the car where they can get scratched are some of the most common problems we find. In some cases skimming the disc surface may help - it other circumstances where the label side has been damaged or you can see pin holes of light through the silver layer of the disc - then disc skimming will not fix the issues. In these cases the laser shines completely through the disc and isnt reflectd back to the sensor. So the electronics has no data to work with - hence the player will mute the audio or vision and in extreme cases stop playing altogether.

What's harder to determine is enviromental issues.

Here's recent example that was sent to us by a client:

DVD storage issuesThese DVDs are from the same batch, Manufactured in 2011. So currently 6 years old.

The top disc plays fine and is in good physical condition. It's been stored at our premises in reasonably good conditions, similar to a normal household, but not what you might call library or archive storage conditions.

The bottom disc was stored in a shed where there are extreme temperature variations from day to day and season to season. This has caused the formation of mold and discolouration. It turns out that the person moved to an area where summer temperatures can approach 40c and winter is around 0c. 

After 4-5 years some issues were noticed but they have accelerated in the last 2 years.

They were stored in their normal DVD cases and inside cardboard packing boxes. 

So in summary, to get the best lifespan out of your CDs, DVDs and BluRays treat them like any other fragile medium. Store them in their cases when not being used and handle the discs with care outside of the box. Do not leave them where they will be exposed to extremes of heat and cold like an outside facing wall, or a shed or roof storage, in essence avoid wide variations of temperatures and finally moisture.

If all else fails give us a call on 1300 4 PROCOPY or  08 9375 3902 and we'll see what we can recover




Stock Now Available for Pub Bands Legends Vol2


Perth Pub Band Legends VOL 2 now available.  First orders shipped July 14th 2017



Perth Pub Bands Volume One has been really well received along with the Pub Band Legends programme produced by Mitch Leceister and screened on Channel 9.

There's a massive amount of WA talent to choose from and many of these tracks are favourites of Perth musician and industry friend John Petkovich. Volume 2 has been released in time for a fundraiser gig at the Charles Hotel to help John with his treatment after a recent diagnosis for cancer and profits from Perth Pub Band Legends Vol 2 will go to help John at this time.