Robert, Tom, and others,
I was able to right-click on the file in my mail machine and save it to
a folder on my studio machine over the LAN. I generally do not try to
stream WAV files directly, as it has often been problematic in the past
and I wanted to look at it in detail anyway.
When I inspected the file, it was a 24-bit 44.1 stereo WAV file. Wavelab
showed bits 8-24 as active with now level boost.
The problem is there is a noise-to-signal ratio on this recording.
If it were to be retransferred with a Nakamichi Dragon or CR7 as
playback with some analog boost ahead of the converter, and the 24 bit
digitization retained, then we could be fairly certain that the analog
and converter chain were giving us most of what was on the tape (if not
all) and we were going to have to deal with a poorly recorded tape.
I suspect the current transfer is a fairly good representation of what's
on the tape, and I would not expect a huge improvement based on the
levels involved and what I heard. When normalizing the tape, I had to
boost it 44.5 dB, so it's really rather low-level, as discussed.
My processed version is 16 bit mono, as we don't need more than a few
bits to represent the horror that resulted. (see link in previous message)
On 2012-06-20 12:09 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
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> Hi Robert:
> If the low bits weren't switched on, there is nothing to recover. If
> digital information was recorded, it can be boosted in any software
> program. There may not be enough information to produce high-quality
> audio, but there are programs that can "guess and smooth" to enhance
> audibility. However, these programs need some bits and bytes to work
> You may be up against what was discovered on the Nixon tape that was
> "accidentally erased":
> -- Tom Fine
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> Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 10:35 AM
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Very low level audio recording
> I'm currently digitizing an 1999 audio analogue folklore fieldwork
> recording. This recording has a very low audio level (unusable).
> If any possibilities of recovering this recording, do you have
> suggestions? The content of this recording is more important than the
> quality or cosmetic.
> I've link an excerpt for your appreciation on my website:
> Thanks in advance for all replies.
> Robert Richard
> Centre d'études acadiennes Anselme-Chiasson
> Université de Moncton
> Moncton (Nouveau-Brunswick)
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Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.