Restoring & Mastering An Old Record (1)

The Music Telegraph | Text 2020/06/18 [14:07]

Restoring & Mastering An Old Record (1)

The Music Telegraph| 입력 : 2020/06/18 [14:07]

 

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Restoring & Mastering An Old Record (1)

 

This series of articles will guide you through the process of mastering an old recording that was digitized directly from an old 78-rpm record. As you already expected, the track has a lot of background noise, electric hum, crackles, and distortion. Your goal will be to restore, digitally re-master, and bring back to life this valuable old masterpiece.

 

 

Normalize, and clean up, the track

1) Name the track region. Double-click the region's names in the Edit Window.

(In this article, I am dealing with Pro Tools. See the Figure 1 below.)

 

2) 'Normalize' the stereo mix.

This is a crucial step, you have to normalize the mix otherwise your mastered product may not sound as "hot" as it could. When normalizing make sure that you choose the options "Use in Playlist" and "Peak From All Tracks" as shown in Figure 1.)

 

 

Figure 1: Normalization Options

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3) Group the two stereo tracks and Pan them left and right so they are in stereo.

 

4) Name the group 'Mix 1'.

 

5) Clean up the 'dead air' in the front and at the end of the song.

Hit the 'all' group and select all the tracks at once. Monitor the selected region to be removed to make sure you do not remove any wanted material. Zoom in until you see 1/10 of a second.

 

6) Using the 'Selector Tool' select the area which contains only noises.

Playback the selected area to make sure that you are not selecting the beginning of the actual recording but only the noise before the band starts playing.

 

7) Delete the selected area.

 

8) With the 'Grabber Tool' move the audio files all the way to the beginning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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