I tried the parametric once, it can work if done with care but you are
filtering out a lot of music also, and it is a lot of work for a single
record. Are you trying to enjoy the music or enjoy fiddling with the knobs?
For casual listening to 78s, I just listen to the noise and filter it in
my brain. I'm used to it, and the insufficiencies of a great recording
don't bother me nearly as much as insufficiencies of a performance.
Jan Myren wrote:
> HI Again!
> May it be an idea to take the signal from the Packburn into a paramertic
> equaliser and try to reduce some of the surface noise that way??
> Hope to hear from you...
> Best regards
> -----Opprinnelig melding-----
> Fra: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] På vegne av George Brock-Nannestad
> Sendt: 22. mars 2009 02:44
> Til: [log in to unmask]
> Emne: Re: [ARSCLIST] SV: [ARSCLIST] PACKBURN 323A
> From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
> Hi everybody,
> Jan Myren described his Packburn setup and seems quite satisfied. I did not
> know that it had an "undo RIAA" feature in its later versions, but I assure
> you that the Packburn switcher works even better if the treble is not rolled
> of like RIAA does.
> In cooperation with John R.T. Davies Ted Kendall has developed what they
> to call "the Mousetrap" that used components that were 25 years younger than
> those of Packard and Burns, although the basic switcher idea was the same. I
> do not know whether that is incorporated in Ted's "the Front End"
> preamplifier that has many useful features. It is only built to order.
> Jan asked:
>> BUT; Since I think the Packburn works well on clicks and pops; do you know
>> if the engineers from the "analogue remaster area" like Robert Parker,
>> also used a second noise reduction system to get rid of more of that
>> noise, or did they just use it "as is" and accepted a fair amount of
>> surface noise on their LP-compilations?
> ----- if I remember correctly, Robert Parker artificially boosted the high
> frequencies by generating distortion by having an elliptical stylus with the
> long axis along the groove. This permitted/indeed REQUIRED very heavy treble
> filtering to remove the distortion (and any noise from 78s), so that he had
> lot of fundamentals. Any lack of brilliance was counteracted by heavy
> All in all disgusting results, but John R.T. was forgiving: "it will
> advertise that there is plenty of interesting material in these old records,
> and those who want to engross themselves will go to the sources".
>> -----Opprinnelig melding-----
>> Fra: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] På vegne av ADRIAN COSENTINI
>> Sendt: 21. mars 2009 20:13
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>> Emne: Re: [ARSCLIST] PACKBURN 323A
>> Hi Jan,
>> When I was the Chief Audio Engineer at The Rodgers & Hammerstein
>> archives we had a number of Packburns, and we never used them,
>> because they sounded like shit, to put it mildly. Now a days with all
>> the digital noise reduction programs out there why aren't you using
>> that? Also why on earth are you using a RIAA curve on 78's?! You're
>> missing most of the sound. A KAB pre-amp would be much better, even
>> though I'm not crazy about the pre-set curves. The OWL 1 is way
>> better to dial in the curves. Good luck finding one of those. Anyway
>> toss the Packburn and the RIAA curve.
>> On Mar 21, 2009, at 11:32 AM, Jan Myren wrote:
>>> About Packburn 323 Audio Noise Suppressor
>>> HI; I have learned that you for many years (and probably still) use
>>> Packburn for playback and recording from old 78 rpm discs.
>>> Since I am a collector of old 78's and have a big collection of
>>> records from
>>> all ages. I have also spent some recourses on good equipment and I
>>> this Packburn would be the correct analogue device to my set-up.
>>> I have a Thorens TD 521 turnable. The arm is a SME 3012R and the
>>> is a Stanton 500MKII and some different stylis, all special made for
>>> playback of old 78's! I use a normal NAD RIIA preamp.
>>> My experience so far is that it works very well on clicks and pops
>>> using the
>>> switcher and the blanker. But the continous noise filter bugs me a
>>> since I think it doesn't reduce that much surface noise. I don't
>>> use the
>>> variable adjust very often, since the so called "masked-noise" and the
>>> pumping effect bring offer "strange noises" to the sound. Therefore
>>> I mostly
>>> use the FIXED adjust, and usually set it fixed at 9 o'clock posititon.
>>> I have read that some re-issue engineers, like Robert Parker used the
>>> Packburn 323A frequently when restoring old 78's for LP and CD-
>>> MY main question is if the Packburn was used as a "stand alone"
>>> unit or it
>>> was also supplied with other noise reduction units in order to
>>> filter out
>>> more of the surface noise. If so, what did they (or you) actually
>>> do and
>>> what could eventually be a good supplement for that purpose?
>>> I would really appreciate if any of you would please give me some
>>> hints and
>>> suggestions, since I think the Packburn will work very well if used
>>> right way!
>>> Really hope to hear from you again!!
>>> Best regards
>>> Jan Myren¨