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Needledrop Of The Day Special! - Vinyl restoration example - Charlie Parker - I Hear Music - 1954 Cl

I thought it might be fun to show an extreme example of vinyl restoration. A friend wants me to transfer a very old first pressing of a Charlie Parker 10" that came out in 1954. This one is tough, a lot of crackle and a lot of clicks. Also a fair amount of sibilance.

 

The first part of this example is the unmodified capture of the song. After this completes there is a 3 second pause and you will hear the song after I messed with it.

 

The tools used were Adobe Audition 6.0 and Izotope RX 2. First thing I did was declicked using Izotope. I use the "Multi-band" de-clicker which takes longer but works better. I set the declick to 3.0 (just enough to not effect the recording in an adverse way...I found this through trial and error). Then I decrackle using Izotope again...this time at 8.5. This is a pretty heavy setting but this record needs it. Often I don't have to do this step at all but for worn or damaged records it's pretty much my only option. Then I EQ this slightly. I almost NEVER do this but this record has excessive sibilance and needs some 7k-10k lopped off.

 

As you hear it's not a night and day difference. The second example is mostly like the first in terms of overall EQ and ambience. However, there is MUCH less noise and it is far less distracting to listen to.

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