[clug] Digitising vinyl records (linux Digest, Vol 170, Issue 9, Msg. 2)

Miles Goodhew mgoodhew at gmail.com
Tue Feb 14 12:50:32 UTC 2017

> Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:51:13 +1100
> From: Mike Carden <mike.carden at gmail.com>
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> I have a small collection of vinyl records that I'd like to listen to.
> Where can I buy a reasonably good turntable with decent speed control, a
> pretty good cartridge and stylus and a roughly OK calibrated counterweight?

  Not to let a perfectly good dead horse go underflogged, I think you'll be
horrified to learn I took the option of buying a $50 USB turntable (Still
in shed). The sound quality was awful, with weird dynamic range and lots of

  Then I put the recordings through Audacity with various filters to remove
background hiss, dust/scratch noise and add range-compression. It even let
me fix the play-rate of a 78 (turntable's only 33/45).
  In all but one case the result was a resounding success, giving "Early
noughties MP3-ish" quality results. The one exception started out in awful
condition, having spent a lot of its life out of its sleeve and lying flat.
Nevertheless Audacity still managed to remove the loud crackling from a
zillion little scratches on the record. It wasn't able to restore what the
noise was masking, but the recording was still quite listenable and much
easier on the ear.


Miles Goodhew,
Executive Computer Scientist

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