With poor, noisy recordings which can just as easily have been recorded
last week as well as 100 years ago, I think the problem is the same: we do
the best we can. Our primary "audio restoration" tools for reducing
background noise on discs are the same: obtain the cleanest, least noisy
pressing, and play it expertly.
I feel that trying to predict and make adjustments for people's particular
listening conditions is like trying to predict the future. There are too
many variables, and once a recording is "out there" we've lost control of
how people will listen to it. But we read it on audio production forums
that a good mastering engineer can make a recording "sound great on all
systems". I'd like to see that...
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From: "Steven Smolian" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2019 7:26 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Restored audio. Speakers or headphones
> I'm wondering as to the criteria used by those restoring old recordings
> regarding the target listener is a speaker or headphone user. This
> the amount of background noise that has to be removed to give the younger
> listener unused to 78s a comfortable listening experience. My focus here
> on acoustically recorded laterally cut 78 sides. It seems to me that the
> younger users are either listing through decent earbuds or terrible
> computer speakers. Comments?
> Steve Smolian
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