I'm very much on the "purist" end of the scale with ticks and pops, so I rarely use automated
software for removing them. However, I have found that the built-in software in Soundforge 9 can
handle small areas of intense ticks, like for instance a "pimple" in an LP. As a "pimple" is
tracked, there can be no loss of content if the groove was pressed deep enough into the "pimple" so
that the needle stays in the groove. So then it's a matter of removing the ticks when the needle
encounters the "pimple." My experience is that Soundforge does as good a job as manually removing
them, and in that case it's a great time-saver. In general, however, the best strategies against
ticks and pops are two-fold: 1) obtain a good-condition copy of the record (sometimes easier said
than done), and 2) clean the record properly and thoroughly (it's really shocking how much this can
help, even simple sponge-and-Ivory Soap cleaning in a sink (dry with a very soft shammy cloth).
Something like a VPI machine really does the job.
For the random and inevitable ticks and pops, I still very much prefer manually re-drawing the
waveform to remove them. This even works for static pops if they aren't a complete shortout of the
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 7:34 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Recording_78rpm_records
> Hi, Tom,
> Thanks for this--very interesting.
> I've found myself with several LPs to do (I completely stay away from 78s at this time) as part of
> a tape-disc transfer package. I have also turned a few of my Broadway albums into CDs when the
> commercial CD was miserable (yes, I know there is a "remastered" CD now out of Man of La Mancha,
> but Robert (my son) and I decided it wasn't worth $20 to improve the quality over what my
> restoration provided--he's more of a musician than an audiophile).
> Anyway, for several projects, my tool of choice has been Brian Davies's Click Repair and the
> denoise LF has worked very well for hum removal. Click Repair seems to do less audible damage than
> the de-click/de-crackle in the Samplitude restoration suite and it's the best-yet iteration of
> that line.
> I do transfer at 96/24.
> I notice that Click Repair was mentioned in the Audacity article. I also noticed that GoldWave was
> also mentioned which is odd, as that is my preferred low-cost audio editor when people ask.
> Although Magix's Audio Cleaning Lab is also a good contender for under $100.
> On 2012-04-10 7:22 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> This is a very convoluted method to recover audio from non-RIAA records. Gary Galo has written a
>> very good article about the science of grooved-media recording and playback curves here:
>> Gary has also written for ARSC Journal advocating analog playback and EQ of grooved media, rather
>> than "flat playback" and software EQ, and has specified the technical reasons why analog EQ works
>> differently from DSP EQ.
> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
> Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.