Record restoration

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Nubs, May 20, 2020.

  1. Nubs

    Nubs Friend of Leo's

    Aug 16, 2014
    Houston, TX
    Ok all, got a job to do and could use some help.

    I am up here in Philly with my brother and we have my father’s old demo record with us from ‘57. We are looking to get it into digital format but are having a hell of a time restoring it to listening quality.

    Overall, I don’t think the record looks too bad:


    We were able to extract the audio using a friends record player into a laptop. We then used an audio editor to try and remove the pops and clicks. Here is the best we can do:

    Any suggestions on how we can clean up the audio?

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  2. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

    Aug 30, 2011
    Send it to a professional.

    You don't want to play it too many times, as it may be a short run acetate made at a local record store or the like. These were for demo purposes, and they degrade with each play. Businesses who who offered such a service used to be commonplace. They'd come with generic labels like that.

    There are experts who salvage and restore old recordings. Go to one of them if you really care about it. But definitely stop playing it until you get it very nicely digitized, especially if it is your only copy.

    A restorer is going to clean the original up as much as he/she can, using a variety of techniques (some of which I know and some of which are tricks of the trade), and then rip it to digital using the ideal turntable, needle, etc. Then he/she will digitally clean it up.
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