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I have just obtained the acetate masters I think they’re acetate from the one album my mother released in There are simply zero copies of the album out there been trying for years , and these are all I have to try and begin a restoration project. One Master- Begin the Beguine- has a crack in the disk that runs all the way across. It comes up as a loud “click” 78 times a minute during playback. Then there is the condition of the acetate, lots of hiss and some crackle- this one wasn’t properly stored, sadly.
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I have just obtained the acetate masters I think they’re acetate from the one album my mother released in There are simply zero copies of the album out there been trying for years , and these are all I have to try and begin a restoration project. One Master- Begin the Beguine- has a crack in the disk that runs all the way across. It comes up as a loud “click” 78 times a minute during playback.

Then there is the condition of the acetate, lots of hiss and some crackle- this one wasn’t properly stored, sadly. I downloaded all four with a USB turntable and the files have been digitized. I am starting the project with the worst one. I’ve also made multiple copies as a little mental security. Does Reaper lend itself to the repair of something like this?? The biggest issue would be with the cheapness of the USB turntable and resulting low grade transfer.

Yes, yes, being VERY snobby with that kind of comment but this is challenging sound preservation we’re talking about. And that’s the weak link. That’s not going to help you with any specific noise reduction or artifact removal of course. My recommendations are: A more pro transfer. Izotope RX noise reduction and spectral editor plugins for any clean up you should decide to do. If that just isn’t going to happen, just do the best you can right now and keep the originals around in case you get the opportunity later on.

This sounds silly to fuss over with the fidelity in question of course. But the problem is that the crude transfer adds another big generation loss to an already compromised source ever photo copied a photo copy? And if we’re trying to preserve something as opposed to just hearing it well enough today Anyway, the transfer is the challenge. Reaper is a great choice for DAW to do the mastering job.

Izotope RX plugins can let you get away with some serious magic when needed. The USB turntable is not the right tool for this. Is there a vinyl mastering studio anywhere close to where you live? They usually have the best pickups, preamps and converters. Or maybe even a “high end” HiFi store who will let you use their equipment I once did that for vinyl transfer – you’d need an AD converter though, pretty uncommon for home HiFi But it sounds like a great project.

Good luck! KMFrye , Looks like a bit off a lot, However, I am patient and willing to try so we’ll see how it goes. First- the turntable. No, it’s not high-end, and compares quite badly to a mid-range audiophile’s rig, but it is the most expensive, AC-powered one on the market in this area and the specs are at least as good as the old Phillips they were originally intended for. But then there is.. The needle- ‘way too small, and bounces from side-to-side in the oversize grooves.

Also, the arm itself is far too light for the job, and has no weight adjustment. In the old days, we used to tape a dime to the arm to help it out, but with these masters, I worry about damage.

Prob’ly won’t do that. Then comes the problem of 70 years worth of poor as in non dust-proof storage. These acetates were actually hanging on the wall in Mom’s study for over thirty years! Before that they were simply in the open top paper sleeves they came in. Dad got the idea that Mom should have her “gold records” on the wall, but the frames he had made up for her birthday in the mid s were not archive quality units and let air and dust in.

They looked good, but the grooves are caked with the dust of nearly 70 years. THAT is not good for fidelity. I looked at RX4, but that’s pretty dear for this old pensioner, as is the cost of having a pro do it. There may be one in Vancouver, and it may come to that We shall see. If anyone has any hints for me about noise reduction, click removal and the like, I am open to trying pretty much anything with Reaper, so long as I know where to go to start. So please Probably shouldn’t have said that

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