Ya know, there's so much crap you can read on the Net, but sometimes you
run across a post that really grabs your attention. You may not fully agree
with it, and you may find many faults, but still... there it is, not too
This one, however, from Tom Fine, is, on the contrary, in my
unauthoritative opinion, utterly and completely correct.
(I call my opinion "unauthoritative" but more to the point it is
simply untested hereabouts.)
PS The distinction between transfer and restoration must be noted, although
I maintain that the former is the more critical.
On Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 8:48 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> Hi Jan:
> Not to beat a dead horse but ...
> 1. start with the finest example of the record you can acquire. The better
> the surface condition, the better results you'll get.
> 2. clean the record thoroughly.
> 3. the better the playback system you use, the better results you'll get.
> 4. use appropriate playback EQ, adjust to your EAR, not just to texts,
> internet posts, "common wisdom," etc. If it sounds good to you, it's
> equalized correctly for your purposes.
> 5. use a good ADC, and I recommend transfer at 96/24 because some DSP
> works better in high resolution
> 6. don't expect miracles, but some modern pop and tick removal software
> seems to be quite good, if used conservatively. I'm sure others will have
> specific recommendations. Izotrope's seems to be a step forward, based on
> examples I've heard. Again, don't expect miracles, any DSP will leave nasty
> artifacts if over-used. Usually, the "default" settings remove too much
> content for my ears (ambience around instruments, "air and space,"
> room-tone, etc), so I would recommend "default-minus," never "default-plus."
> 7. re-read and pay much closer attention to 1-4 than 5-6. Better source
> material and better playback will always yield markedly better results.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jan Myren" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2012 8:39 PM
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Analogue and digital fransfer and restoration tool for
> 78 rpm discs
>> Any good suggestions for good analogue and/ or digital transfer and
>> restoration tools for 78 rpm discs?
>> All the best