[MPA] Studio vinyl sampling the right way?

David Crandon tdc at attbi.com
Sun Feb 23 18:28:10 PST 2003

I guess my first question back to you is why are you using the whole
mixer setup? Why not just a high quality regular stereo receiver? Also,
consider that while the cartridge you have is of very high quality, it
is not considered to be of the "audiophile" type.

It is of course important to clean the records (as well as your stylus).
I'd suggest a high quality commercial cleaning solution and brush
(Discwasher was a good brand back when) followed by a distilled or
reverse osmosis water rinse.

As far as cleanup goes...I don't know exactly how well the various high
quality software programs are that cleanup tics/pops and high freq.
hiss, but I do know that the few cheap consumer programs don't do as
good as a job as the audio hardware from the 1970's and '80's.

For that hardware, you can pick stuff up off of eBay. The best tic and
pop reducer was the SAE 5000 Impulse Noise Reduction unit. I've seen
them on eBay for $75-150. The next best (and only other I think) was the
Garrard unit.

For high freq. hiss, the best was the Phase Linear 1000 Autocorrelator
Series II unit. It's circuitry was also incorporated in various other
Phase Linear products.
They usually go for a little over $100.

They next best was probably the Burwen Dyanmic Noise Filter 1201A.
Usually less than $100.

Good luck,

David Crandon

Lukas drake wrote:
> I am in the process of setting up my little home music studio piece by
> piece. I've got a couple of thousand records some I am planning to convert
> to CD but my main focus is sampling off of them. We all know that with music
> equipment it's the sum of all the parts involved which determine the end
> result. I want to sample or transfer off of these records right the first
> time, since I will sell many of them after I have done this and can't go
> back if I figure out another way to do this better. I want the highest
> possible quality to make professional music with. I am new to the computer
> side of things, I have cubase and am hopefully soon going to go to SX soon.
> I need to know how to do this the right way.
> Do I straight record into Cubase? Bias Peak? another program? and how.
> I  am using a very high quality Ortofon Nightclub Gold Eliptical needle,
> with Technics SL1200s. Right now my (DJ) mixer is a Stanton SK Two with 1/4"
> TRS outputs. I am looking to upgrade the mixer to a Allen and Heath Xone:02
> (which has XLR outputs) because that company makes legendary sound boards
> and mixing consoles so the sound has got to be better. All this is going
> into a M-Audio Delta 44 soundcard into my 2002 (noisy) Dual 867 MDD Mac. I
> am monitoring on AKG 270 headphones.
> If  I get the Allen and Heath mixer should I just use a cable with XLR on
> one end and TRS on the other? Does this defeat the use of the higher quality
> of the XLR?
> Which software should I use which will give the best sound quality? SPL
> de-Esser and declicker? Steinburg has the now X series of vinyl clean up
> software. Another vinyl cleaning program? What about a program that
> catalouges the samples?etc.etc..
> As well as any other related topics I didn't mention. Thanks everyone you
> can probably tell by my tone that I am nervous about making the wrong/right
> steps. Thanks.
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