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FDP Forum / Home Recording Forum / Using Audacity to clean up old LP recordings

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Jun 17th, 2015 07:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

After my disaster trying to use CUBASE I have been very satisfied with the results I'm getting using Audacity to clean up my old LP recordings.

Most of my LPs dated back to my high school / college days and I didn't take very good care of them. About 5 years ago I got rid of them and my old Dual 1229 turntable, but not before I copied a bunch of them to CDs.

After some experimentation, here's my current clean up process, and it produces very good results if you ask me. Do them in this order for best results.

1)Click Removal - I use this feature with the default settings. It removes a lot of the clicks and pops. Eliminating those also gives you some headroom for step 2.
2)Amplify - this feature will perform linear amplification on a track so that the loudest peaks will be up to 0 dB. I have seen this increase some of my recordings up to 9 db or so, typically 3-6 dB. If it's going to be less than 3 dB I don't bother with it.
3)Noise Removal - in this process you select a quiet portion (lead in track, in between cuts) to give the program a noise profile. I typically select about 1 second of noise. Then you select the entire track and apply the noise removal. This produces some amazing results!
4)"Zero out" the lead in and cut down if necessary. You can select a portion of a track, like the lead in, and zero it out so it's completely silent. Also, if you have a long lead in you can cut it down some.

The net results of all this is a much nicer recording to listen to. It is time consuming though.

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Jun 18th, 2015 02:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm doing the same with Adobe Audition. V3 is free now. Adobe has very advanced cleaning tools. It was originally designed as a set of cleaning and restoration tools for the recording and movie industries.

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Jun 18th, 2015 04:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd also save your original non-cleaned files to be honest.

The things you're doing to it in Audacity can't be undone unless you save the files in question in their native state.

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