Hi Richard:

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]>
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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.
> Cheers,
> Richard
> 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.