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#1 hexe

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 05:06 AM

Hello,

I am using EMC 8 LP and Tape Assistant to transfer my old Vinyl LPs to CD. Even with the maximum setting in the cleaning option I still have a lot of crackling and hissing left. Are there any other tricks or suggestions how to get rid of it?
Thank you for any advice.

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 05:12 AM

QUOTE (hexe @ Mar 15 2007, 08:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hello,

I am using EMC 8 LP and Tape Assistant to transfer my old Vinyl LPs to CD. Even with the maximum setting in the cleaning option I still have a lot of crackling and hissing left. Are there any other tricks or suggestions how to get rid of it?
Thank you for any advice.

I'm not one to be very knowledgeable in this as I've only done a few LP's and cassettes in the last year but I never had much luck with my most damaged vinyl but I can say that if you do lots of this and don't mind upgrading, EMC9 Deluxe comes with BIAS SoundSoap SE, a lighter version than the regular version (demo).  Check out the link and see if you're interested.
Hopefully others that have used 8 for their work will post more helpful suggestions.
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Posted 23 April 2007 - 02:50 PM

It depends on how clean you want it to be. There are many programs out there and the more time and effort you spend, the cleaner the sound.
It's extremely time consuming though!

Some programs allow you to zoom into the click or pop itself and let you clean just that. There are a lot of programs out there that do that.
Some simple and others very comprehensive.

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 05:10 AM

QUOTE (hexe @ Mar 15 2007, 07:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hello,

I am using EMC 8 LP and Tape Assistant to transfer my old Vinyl LPs to CD. Even with the maximum setting in the cleaning option I still have a lot of crackling and hissing left. Are there any other tricks or suggestions how to get rid of it?
Thank you for any advice.


Hiss is typically a tape issue and not usually a LP issue.  Make sure that the LP deck/amp is grounded properly to the computer.  Are you going into a line in jack or have a notebook and going into a mic jack?  After capturing the LP, I suggest that you use the full Sound Editor or do the clean-up.

If you can't clean it enough using the Roxio product, and don't want to get Sound Soap, you could download and try Gold Wave to additional cleaning.  There is a pretty liberal trial license.

If you never want to play that LP again, you could wet it and then capture the audio.  That's pretty radical though. ohmy.gif
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Posted 24 April 2007 - 06:07 AM

QUOTE (hexe @ Mar 15 2007, 09:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hello,

I am using EMC 8 LP and Tape Assistant to transfer my old Vinyl LPs to CD. Even with the maximum setting in the cleaning option I still have a lot of crackling and hissing left. Are there any other tricks or suggestions how to get rid of it?
Thank you for any advice.

Just my preference, but I prefer to do my initial capture with no cleaning options at all, then I do the cleaning against those "original" files, and save to a different name.  I don't know if LP & Tape Assistant allow you to apply its cleaning against files on your HD, but you can definitely open them in Sound Editor and use its cleaning at that point.

Keep in mind that quite often if you turn the cleaning options up to "max" they'll actually create more "noise" because they'll misinterpret music for noise at that point.  You have to apply the cleaning options carefully, and do a lot of previewing to get the right setting.

As has been mentioned, there are other applications for doing cleaning out there... DART XP Pro is one I use, as well as DCART and Gold Wave.  Then you get to the hard work of manually fixing things.

Another suggestion also mentioned is playing your LP wet.  It can make an incredible difference,  but, use distilled water, and figure if you're going to play it again, you'll always want to play it wet in the future.

Hope that helps!
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