Hi Steve,

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...


Tim Gillett
Western Australia

----- Original Message ----- 
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 
> affects
> 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 
> is
> 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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