George Adams Audio

Music Technology

Restoring Vinyl Records

Restoration

We are currently doing a Mastering module on my Music Technology course at University. One aspect of the module focuses on Vinyl restoration. Me and my friend Blane Chalmers recorded old vinyls from a record player into Pro Tools so we could use the Waves Restoration plugins to remove audible artifacts from the medium like hiss and clicks.

The vinyl player was a Technics SL-1210 MK2 turntable.

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The amplifier we used was a Radial J33 Phono Preamp DI box.

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The signal from the Preamp was taken with two XLR cables to a Digidesign Mbox interface and recorded into Pro Tools.

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Waves Restoration Plug-ins

Then I used the waves restoration plug-ins to remove clicks, crackle and noise.

I first used the X-Click plug-in

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Then the X-Crackle

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Finally I applied the X-Noise plug-in which listens to the noise at the beginning of the track and then removes it throughout.

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Normally I am not a big fan of fancy expensive plug-ins as you may know from reading My Top 5 Free Plugins post. However, these plugins did all work exceptionally well and there aren’t many others that do the same job so well. I was fortunate enough to have access to this set at the time.

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Results

Below is a Soundcloud link to a collection of various examples of vinyl restoration. All examples have before and afters for comparison. You can hear that some records (Johnny Cash’s ‘I Walk The Line’ for example) were much more damaged and dirty than others and so the sound can not be restored entirely.

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