This technique has been used for decades by our government to extract
information from noise. One example is submerged submarine communications
where the noise level can exceed the signal level. I believe that one method
is called autocorrelation. I do not have references, but perhaps some of the
older methods have been placed in the public domain.
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] audio from pictures
> I've thought for some time that there's already a way to do this with
> at least some recordings.
> For years, film restorers have used multiple prints of films, taking
> the best quality sections from each that survive, sometime
> substituting small sections in a print that has been damaged.
> Why couldn't that be done with recordings where multiple copies survive?
> Basically, what the software would do is let you take multiple sound
> files sourced from different copies of the same record. Each will
> have been damaged and degraded in different ways and have different
> patterns of noise.
> The software, after synching the recordings, would compare them and
> "toss out" the noise and keeping commonalities between the copies.
> The more copies of the recording you have available, the better the
> result might be, at least theoretically.
> Why couldn't this work?
> On Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
> > Hi Steve:
> > I agree with you in general, but I'm talking about recordings where
> > playback has produced poor results -- for instance the badly worn and
> > super-rare Paramount blues records. No transfer I've heard using analog
> > playback and whatever digi-trix the producer decided to use has produced
> > very good-sounding results.
> > I think the pot of gold at the end of the research rainbow for non-
> > playback of grooved media is the ability to "erase" all the noise that
> > from the media itself, and of damage to the media. Then, in theory (and
> > sometime in the future) you'd just be reproducing the information
> > cut into the groove.
> > For now, I wouldn't worry about your transfer business (or mine) being
> > dire threat. But I hope I live long enough to see the day when putting a
> > needle to an old groove for critical playback or transfer is considered
> > obsolete.
> > -- Tom Fine