Perhaps you could try the Sonnox software suite for restoration.
Designed from the ground up by arguably the best in the business.
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From: Raphaël Parejo-Coudert [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2010 10:21 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] SV: [ARSCLIST] Adding reverb to old 78's
Hello alls!I'm a french Ethnomusicologist who lives and works in North Spain, and Ialso work on sound restoration of old ethnographic shellac recordings.I know this pernicious tentation which conduce to "emphatise" oldrecordings made in old times where no echoes or reverberation where used.I also disagree all type of "modern sound change" for this type of recordings.I'm actually working on restoration of three old shellac records ofNavarra Jotas (the first recording of jotas) and I have a lot ofproblems. A lot of the "noise" have the same frequences ranges that thevoices.I would very grateful to Harry explain us what "computer applicationthat can actually detect what is music and what is surface noise andcompletely delete the latter without touching the former" ?I've tried with Bias SoundSoap Pro 2 denoiser, and also iZotoperestoration suite. And I have medium results.Thank you for your help and answers.-- R. PAREJO-COUDERTEthnomusicologue / Ethnomusicologist / EtnomusicólogoAnthropologie visuelle et sonoreVisual and Sound AnthropologyAntropología visual y sonoraArchives sonores - Archivos sonoros - Sound Archives°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°Le (El) Sun, 17 Jan 2010 16:46:46 -0500, Larry Friedman, wrote me / m'aécrit / me escribió:>Dear Jan,>>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>considered performance.>>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!>>-Larry>>>>>> -----Original Message----->> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List>[mailto:[log in to unmask]]>> On Behalf Of Jan Myren>> Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2010 3:19 PM>> To: [log in to unmask]>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] SV: [ARSCLIST] Adding reverb to old 78's>> >> HI!>> >> Thanks for your answer; the idea is just to try to make them sound>somewhat>> better than the original....>> >> Jan>> >> -----Opprinnelig melding----->> Fra: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] På vegne av David Breneman>> Sendt: 17. januar 2010 21:03>> Til: [log in to unmask]>> Emne: Re: [ARSCLIST] Adding reverb to old 78's>> >> --- On Sun, 1/17/10, Jan Myren 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.>> >> >> >> >>