Since I work with radio transcriptions that are mostly spoken word,
there are several little tricks I use.
One is to compare the voice of an actor with known material such as a
film performance from the same period of the recording. With some
actors in particular, because I've heard their work so much, I can
usually tell right off the bat if a particular recording by them is
off-pitch or doesn't have the right tempo in the way they speak.
With some shows, you can compare the speed and pitch of the theme with
other known recordings in the series or things that are pretty
standardized like the pitch of the NBC chimes.
Sometimes, you just don't have other reference material and it can
take several sessions of listening over a couple of days until you get
it right or close to what sounds natural. I have several home
recorded lacquers of basketball games from the 50s that aren't
recorded at any standard speed that were a real pain like this - no
music for reference, just voices by announcers that aren't well known.
On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 9:12 PM, Roderic G Stephens
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> Well, if it's published piece of music, I try to find it via the web, and see what the original key it was written in. Of course, that doesn't always work if the performers take liberties to fit their particular needs.
> --- On Thu, 10/4/12, Carl Pultz <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> From: Carl Pultz <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Reducing crackle from 78 rpm records the analogue way on 70's reissue LP's
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> Date: Thursday, October 4, 2012, 6:07 PM
> So, without any reliable reference for pitch, do you look for the right
> 'feel' to appear in the performance. At the right tempo it suddenly falls
> into the pocket and gets its groove?
> Layman's question; I've never done that work.