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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?

Thursday, 1 July 2010

LP restorations: Best way to upload: opinions Please!

 Word saying time:

I often do not get time to complete an LP restoration in one go, so tend to do them side by side, having advertised that I am preparing a new rip, I usually post what I have completed, so you might get a side A then have to wait for side B.  To me this has advantages, it means I can split my time between Jazz and Folk restorations as too much of either in one session can be a  little wearing.  It also means I can keep my Rapid Share uploads quicker and spread over a period, and I guess it helps those without accounts that are restricted in the total downloads, and gives the chance to assess an album which you may not in the end like, without having to download it all.

So, what do you think?  do you prefer to have the complete album in one go, or as separate files? 

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Craig said...

LP restorations: Best way to upload: opinions Please!

I'm new to your site and really appreciate the great uploads...I tend to prefer complete uploads...but just barely..

Thanks for the great stuff it warms the cockles of my sixty six year old heart.

cvllos said...

LP restorations
I generaly use Cool Edit Pro; however sometimes trombone sound or trumpet, even piano solo suffer alterations and I had to declick manualy.
Recently I started to try Clickrepair but sometimes this trouble occurred.
BUt both softs call our atention to select criteriously some parameters.
As to cleaning vinyl, I tried a home vacuum cleaner, no useful; this attempt was based on "Good Sound", by Laura Dearborn where she recomends, strongly, to use a vacuum record cleaner. So I go on washing surfaces with a coconut soap & an artist brush. So, at this one is perfect. Am I right? PS: I'm seventy!

Gonzo said...

Greetings cvllos, I think you have it just about right, I know the pro's reckon that a special vacuum device is good for cleaning LP's, but I guess this in a designed chamber where the LP will sit while it is being cleaned. I think the technical problems associated with mounting a vacuum device actually on the record deck must be considerable, certainly not to use it when actually playing the LP for listening etc, as the suction would surely create speed instabilities. I can see benefit in having a vacuum device to prepare the disc before playing, turning it off during play.
The playing environment is very important here, right humidity and temperature being needed to reduce static charges, the greatest dust attractors of all. Even the cleanest domestic environment is going to be dusty, soft furnishings, carpets, curtains are magnets for dust, even the human presence, hair, skin particles etc. I has always amazed me how good a vinyl LP can sound, and with a bit of care, amazing what can be done. Cool Edit Pro is very good, I used it for years, before Adobe took it over, but for manual de-click which is usually essential to produce the very best results, Sound Forge with it's direct wave pencil edit cannot be beaten in my opinion.
I had hoped this forum might be visited by someone in the pro audio field, and they might comment about other editors with the direct edit facility, so far none has.
I have done a short article on what I use to wash LP's, it follows your methods closely, I'll post it on the blog later.
Seventy is a good age, that is something you and I share, time to take time, no work, the best time of life...!!

cvllos said...

A strong hug, Gonzo!
Time to appreciate Freeman`s soft touch, so different from those hard bopper saxes that I like! And look, Gonzo: if I`m not wrong, this cleaner device costs 1,300 US$!
You make me feel like take a chance on Sound Forge, so many times mentioned on books and articles!