HE'D HAVE TO GET UNDER - GET OUT AND GET UNDER
(TO FIX UP HIS AUTOMOBILE)
Billy Murray, vocal
Source: Victor 17491-A Recorded: 1914
File Size: 800 Kb
Playing Time: 03:20
Tech Tidbits and some Turtle Talk:
Victor 17491-A was transferred using a 2.5 mil truncated elliptical stylus in a Stanton 500 stereo cartridge. The transfer was digitally captured in a stereo mode. Then the waveform of this lateral cut recordings was converted to mono using DC-ART 32 software. The speed of the (vintage 1960) Dual 1219 turntable was 76 rpm. Additional audio surgery was performed with the help of Cool Edit 96 and DC-ART32 software. The playback speed was slowed to 74 rpm.
Surface noise on this recording is constant, and low in amplitude in relationship to the desired sound. In contrast there are many places where "Billy seems to project too loudly" into the recording horn. The result is a "blasting" (a distorted, raspy) sound. Although not sure, Turtle thinks that Billy didn't cause the blasting. It was most likely when the record was played with a dull/worn needle and/or misadjusted reproducer. Your ideas are welcomed.
The surface noise responded well to digital signal processing. The blasting did not respond as well. Sadly you can still hear blasting in the completed transfer. Yes, there are techniques to further diminish the blasting. But like most sound restoration technique, Turtle must consider the tradeoff between reducing the undesired sound and saving the desired sound. Turtle feels that further application of these techniques would adversely affect your (and Turtle's) enjoyment of Billy's performance.
This page was updated on October 4, 1999.