Friday, 11 April 2008

My realisation....

Ok, I've loved "ripping" vinyl and sharing it for all fellow muso's. However, it's occurred to me that I've been trying too hard to make my rips sound like CDs, cleaning them up and flattening out the sound, when actually I like the sound of hiss and crackle, and feel that I'm closer to the original time-capsule that is the vinyl record, rather than removing the sound of all of its antique heritage.

So, from now I'll be physically cleaning my records like always, but I won't be adding any plug-in digital effects afterwards, except raising the volume by 6dB. I like the original dynamic range of analogue records, I don't want to try and churn out sub-CD mp3s instead. Sorry if you object to this - I've listened to lots of rips this week without any digital clean-up and most sound better, and lack that Dalek-voice sound that some of my digitally-cleaned vinyl rips sound. I might even go back and re-upload some of my albums.

Thanks for all of your comments - keep 'em coming!!

Anyhoo, normal sharing album service resumes this weekend I promise, and here's a taste of what I'm bringing:

Jackson 5ive - Skywriter
John Williams - E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
Liz Damon - Me Japanese Boy (I Love You)
America - America
Wings - Venus And Mars


PS - Was a big, big fan of Charlton Heston and very sad to see him go. You owe it to yourself to watch these films:

Planet Of The Apes (1968)
The Omega Man (1971)
Soylent Green (1973)
Ben-Hur (1959)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Touch Of Evil (1958)

Charlton Heston RIP
1924 - 2008


lemoncat,, said...

nice one raph..don't get too hung up on the ripping thing.. the odd pop and bit of crackle goes down a treat :) the underlying sound of that lovely warm vinyl will always shine through.. all these modern things sound too clean/false :(
i only get the dreaded cd after everything else is exhausted.. keep up the great work raph.

Raph said...

Thanks Lemoncat for all of your encouring words!

reayx5 said...

First off, I agree with the Heston comments... he made some fantastic films.

Regarding the treatment of the vinyl... I understand your feelings on the filtered sound, and I too like the fullness of some vinyl albums, but is it hard to do the clean-up? If not, is there anyway to post a filtered version along with the original record. Growing up I always longed for the day I could hear a record like the original tapes; no hiss, crackles, or pops.

Whatever you decide to do, I really, really appreciate the music you have shared with us.


Raph said...

Thanks Chris - always appreciate your comments - most of my records don't have much hiss or crackle at all to be honest - I think you'll be fairly satisfied with the results and the increased sound quality more than makes up for it - particularly as I have a new cartridge now too!