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I have heard some atrocious digital versions of analog classics I owned as a kid in the 60s. Two are Ahmad Jamal Live at the Blackhawk on Pear (probably a low-budget job, which has been improved upon) and The Blues Project anthology in HDCD supervised by former band member Al Kooper. The Pear suffered from very audible wow and clanginess, while the Blues Project sounded distorted in places despite what must have been a labor of love on Kooper's part.
1. Is the likely cause deterioration of analog master tapes during improper storage? How can such treasures be neglected?
2. Faced with such unsatisfactory results why not simply find a still-good copy of the lp (still sealed or well-preserved) and digitize the vinyl using a digitizing turntable? Once you have a good file to work from you can fine tune it, but if what you start from is garbage ... You aren't going to turn a photo of Dresden after the bombing into a photo of Dresden before the bombing via Photoshop.
It's never too late to turn back the clock.
Record each side 24/96. Process the sound with iZotope RX to reduce the noise, and remaster the recording with iZotope Ozone - adding dynamics and sometimes some EQ, and altering the stereo spread. Publish to NAS Server. Sometimes Tedious (two to 4 Hours) But generally good outcomes.
Once digitized there is no degradation.
"The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat" - Confucius
What is the recommendation for what ADC to use to digitize vinyl using your own analog (not USB) turntable? There are many ADCs in the market, but, I would like to find an audiophile ADC best suited to this purpose, preferably with DSD support, also.
I don't know who did it, but I found an outfit years ago that digitized a Focus album for me. You can hear the needle in the groove and then the music starts. it sounded pretty damn good.
There are ways to enhance the dynamic range of an LP before putting it on reel to reel, so presumably it can be done before digitizing. Do you think there is a market for such? i would provide the service if I thought there would be any customers.
There should never be wow - that's fixable. As for distortion on the Blues Project, sometimes the original recordings are just bad, but still worth re-mixing and/or re-mastering.
An example is the Staples Singers Freedom Highway. The original LP was terrible, and only had part of the church service. Steve Addabbo and Steve Berkowitz decided to re-do it, including the whole service with a better mix. The mix was a challenge, as it was recorded in three-track, with a mic at the pulpit, another at the altar-rail, and the third halfway down the center aisle. The result isn't a sonic spectacular, but it's much better than the original, and I'm glad they did it.
"A man need merely light the filaments of his receiving set and the world's greatest artists will perform for him." Alfred N. Goldsmith, RCA, 1922
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