We are often tasked with transferring and restoring audio from records that were either stored in less than desirable conditions or not treated with the care necessary to preserve the recording. It’s actually quite common for us to receive records in for audio restoration work with irreversible damage. As a result, the new analog record to digital master suffers from unwanted noises that never would have existed if the record had been cared for and properly stored. To make matters worse some types of damage can’t be fixed either physically or digitally. That’s why it’s extremely important to handle, store and play your records with care.
Some of the most common issues we see on a daily basis are discs with scratches, scrapes and needle wear from rough handling. Vinyl & shellac (78 rpm) records usually respond well to modern computer audio restoration techniques. However, lacquer, acetate or aluminum discs need to be in nearly pristine condition in order to facilitate a decent sounding transfer. Each type of record composition presents its own unique set of issues. Here are some descriptions of the various types of records you are likely to encounter with guidelines for storage, handling and playback as well as what you can expect from digitizing your record.
Common Record Types
Some Record Examples
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