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Folk & Jazz fan, specialising in vinyl restoration. Although I would prefer to only post albums that I have paid for, or those of close friends, I am open to suggestions and offers of rare Folk items that need tender care and restoration, provided the supplier has the right of ownership of the physical item. NOT JUST an MP3 COPY of it. To give you an idea, I am prepared to restore vinyl belonging to another person, IF I receive a decent quality scan of the front, back and any relevant information that comes with the LP, preferably at least 2400 by 2400 quality, (600DPI scans for back) along with the sound files in FLAC format as waves are a bit too large to transfer. Then I will check their suitability for restoration. I try to maintain the requirement for a decent set of scans for each item, where possible, as I feel the music is incomplete without it. Sometimes this is just not possible as a lot of my stock came from broadcasting organisations that had their own heavy card sleeves, with information relevant to their prime function, that of providing the disc-jockies with basic details to pass on to listeners. I do wonder what happened to all the original artwork?

Monday, 2 February 2009

Australian Folk Music & Musicians blog

I have been asked to housekeep Paul's blog during his absence
if you are a regular visitor here and would like to get a antipodal
slant on similar music, try PAULS BLOG

Gonzo.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi gonzo!

Congratulations for your blog and your work (aristocat, aka Ailis, aka Susan gave me your link).

I would like to know something and I think you could help me.
Your LP covers are always great and I imagine you scanned them yourself for most of them.
Could you give me an advice about a scanner I could buy to scan LPs; most of them are too small to scan vinyls and I don't know what reference is appropriate and good quality.

Many thanks by advance.
Cheers

juno106: yambrosi@noos.fr

Gonzo said...

I've been thinking since your comment about getting my thoughts on paper about scanning, image merging etc, so don't think I am ignoring you, family problems have rather put the brake on intensive activities here at the moment. Also I am still coming to grips with NEW scanners after my trusty Canon (6 years old) decided to fail and would cost me more to repair than THREE 2nd hand ones on eBay.
I will say now though that there is nothing I know that will scan a complete 12" LP cover, even A3 falls short by about 5mm each side.
So you need to be inventive to get a complete scan. The A3 scanner does have the advantage over the A4 in this respect in that you only need two scans and the joins can be over to the edge, not in the main part of the cover, which means that some LP covers with a large selvage can often be done with ONE scan then have the edges cloned from the main body. The edges of an LP cover will often be frayed, creased or in other ways damaged, so you need to do some work on the edges for the final production anyway.
If you are stuck with an A4 scanner
you need to be really creative here, sometimes you need a left and a right side scan and then a further scan to cover either the top or bottom edge, or both. All these parts need to be assembled in your favourite graphics editor, Photoshop or Paintshop etc.
I prefer Paintshop, but that is only because I was trained on that program.
Requirements for multiple scans.
Scanner needs to be well warmed up so it produced an even intensity scan across the whole plattern, this will show up when you try to join two halves, or add the top and bottom strips, as a boundary at the joins this needs careful adjustment of brightness and contrast for each constituent part before the final join is made.
Joining: (example using Photoshop)
Load one scan (left for example) check the size of the canvas, make sure you MERGE all layers of the image, increase the canvas size to 20% more height and double width, re-merge all layers, move your first image to the left of the canvas, re-merge layers. Save this new image. Open the Right side scan
as a new image and select the part you want to join to the left image
make a copy (Control C) discard this image, revert back to the new canvas size image of the left, select PASTE and option AS NEW LAYER, this will place the selected part of the copied right image on the larger canvas, move the right part around to make a good join at some convenient place where errors show the least.
When you are happy with this, merge all the layers to one, and save as "Name L+R" from this point you can tidy the image, adjust contrast etc as needed. Proceed the same to add the top and bottom strips (remember the 20% height added to the canvas)
finally crop out the wanted picture and remove all the excess canvas, merge to one layer and save.
I scan front pictures at 300 DPI and rear cover up to 600 DPI where there is find text. You should aim for a working resolution of 2400 by 2400 pixels during the edit, you can go to 3600 by 3600 if you have enough memory in your machine
but at this resolution you are working with raw files 30-60 megabytes, that take some time to move around and join. The final resolution for distribution and sharing need only be 1200 by 1200, and for posting as a blog picture 800 by 800 is the maximum size that will be accepted without cropping.
Most scanners that I know will allow you to scan LP's in parts
some top models will work at 4800 pixel resolution, 2400 is really quite good enough for most work.
The software to handle the scanner, frame the image, set up the scan is variable in quality, I favour the suite provided with the Epson range of scanners, or those based on "Pagemaker" (Canon)
There is a great sense of achievement in making a good job of an LP cover, their artwork is so much better than the average CD cover.

Anonymous said...

Hi gonzo!

I was away for weeks and I've just seen your answer today.

Many, many thanks for the time you spent for me to think and write your great tutorial.

And congratulations once again for your great job here.

Long live gonzo-archive!

juno106