When it comes to noise reduction software, you get what you pay for. Cedar
NR-5 costs, but it works. Most, if not all, of the other stuff is worse than
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From: "Raphaël Parejo-Coudert" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2010 10:21 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] SV: [ARSCLIST] Adding reverb to old 78's
I'm a french Ethnomusicologist who lives and works in North Spain, and I
also work on sound restoration of old ethnographic shellac recordings.
I know this pernicious tentation which conduce to "emphatise" old
recordings made in old times where no echoes or reverberation where used.
I also disagree all type of "modern sound change" for this type of
I'm actually working on restoration of three old shellac records of
Navarra Jotas (the first recording of jotas) and I have a lot of
problems. A lot of the "noise" have the same frequences ranges that the
I would very grateful to Harry explain us what "computer application
that can actually detect what is music and what is surface noise and
completely delete the latter without touching the former" ?
I've tried with Bias SoundSoap Pro 2 denoiser, and also iZotope
restoration suite. And I have medium results.
Thank you for your help and answers.
Ethnomusicologue / Ethnomusicologist / Etnomusicólogo
Anthropologie visuelle et sonore
Visual and Sound Anthropology
Antropología visual y sonora
Archives sonores - Archivos sonoros - Sound Archives
Le (El) Sun, 17 Jan 2010 16:46:46 -0500, Larry Friedman, wrote me / m'a
écrit / me escribió:
>I respectfully disagree. If you want the transfers from 78s to "sound
>somewhat better", you can either do what Marston and Obert-Thorn are doing:
>get the best-sounding originals and transfer them under optimal current
>conditions, or add something that was not present in the original. Adding
>reverb to them is applying something to them that wasn't there to begin
>with. It will not make them "sound somewhat better". All it will do is make
>them sound more "reverby" and less distinct. Imagine Mengelberg's
>Concertgebouw recordings with added reverb. Would that be really better? It
>would be a thousand times worse. The Concertgebouw (I'm talking about the
>building here, not the orchestra) has wonderful acoustics, and a good
>conductor will gauge his performances partially based on that fact ("decay
>time", etc.). Adding reverb would make a mockery out of a conductor's
>How about a computer application that can actually detect what is music and
>what is surface noise and completely delete the latter without touching the
>former? Now, THAT would make them sound somewhat better!
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>> On Behalf Of Jan Myren
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>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] SV: [ARSCLIST] Adding reverb to old 78's
>> Thanks for your answer; the idea is just to try to make them sound
>> better than the original....
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>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] På vegne av David Breneman
>> Sendt: 17. januar 2010 21:03
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>> Emne: Re: [ARSCLIST] Adding reverb to old 78's
>> --- On Sun, 1/17/10, Jan Myren <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> > What is your opinions to add reverb as a step to enhance
>> > the sound on old 78 rpm discs?
>> Sort of like adding smeary color to "enhance" old movies.