Hi Karl,

I believe the folks at Capstan will answer your questions if you ask them.

I did have some slight experience with capstan in a demo version,
and found it requires much user intervention.  The system shows you
where it finds problems, but is not always able to fix them automatically.

A good sense of pitch is an operator necessity.  
It works better with some kinds of music than others (rich harmonies; 
orchestral best) and goes bananas if fed applause.  No good on speech, 
of course.

I think it can be made to process gradually changing pitch over the
length of an LP side.  A possible alternative: I believe Diamond Cut 
software allows a curve to be drawn which will control pitch shifting 
of a file (requiring trial and error).  The only other alternative is 
Plangent Processes which works only with original tape recordings.

Doug Pomeroy
Audio Restoration and Mastering Services
193 Baltic St   
Brooklyn, NY  11201-6173
(718) 855-2650
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On Dec 27, 2013, at 12:00 AM, ARSCLIST automatic digest system wrote:

> Date:    Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:00:12 -0800
> From:    Karl Miller <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Capstan
> Wondered if any of you might have experience working with the Capstan softw=
> are.=C2=A0=0A=0AIs the learning curve as simple as it is the demo video?=0A=
> Does it work well?=0AAre there less expensive alternatives?=0AWill it handl=
> e a slowly changing pitch=E2=80=A6over the length of a side=E2=80=A6I am wo=
> ndering about side changes of recordings.=0AHow long can a file be?=0A=0AAn=
> y observations=E2=80=93thoughts would be most welcome.=0A=0AThanks.=0A=0AKa=
> rl=0A