Thread: Seeding Vinyls
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Old 2007-09-23, 05:33 AM
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Re: Seeding Vinyls

Originally Posted by GOGOOGO
So, Graham and Five, thanks a lot to both of you for the useful comments and hints. In fact, some years ago I recorded some vinyls on a Philips CD recorder but the quality was unexpected poor.
Last question to the experts: any proven method to fight the small vinyl crackling noises?
As always, tackle the problem at its source, rather than try and correct it later - before even thinking about software de-clickers, etc, make sure you have a super-clean stylus, a super-clean turntable mat, and make sure you have a super-clean LP. This will minimise any correction that's needed later. You may want to consider recording tracks one at a time, and cleaning the stylus after each individual track. Make sure that the area around the turntable, possibly even the whole room, is super-clean and dust-free. We can probably draw the line at making the music room a full-scale 'clean room', and only allowing the turntable operator in when wearing a head-to-toe airtight suit with face mask and air supply, but you see what I'm getting at....

There's a variety of specialist products out there that are reputed to do a fine job of cleaning LPs; I keep seeing them in adverts and magazines, but can't recall names offhand at this time on a Sunday morning, I'm afraid..... maybe later.

I'm not suggesting anything wrong with the build quality of your Thorens, or any other poster's 30-year old turntable - I know they are well-built, I'm using a Linn Sondek that I purchased in the early 1980s; I merely make the point that wear & tear is a gradual thing, and sometimes goes un-noticed - your turntable sounds fine as it is, but once you get it serviced, all of a sudden you have a 'new' turntable. The deterioration & evaporation of, let's say, the lubricant used on the main bearing for the turntable, could be an issue. Some turntables need servicing, just like cars; and in my view, my own deck could do with a good tune-up; check the suspension, replace the bearing oil/fluid, etc, etc. It's just a question of me getting round to it...... In the case of my Linn, the bearing fluid is user-replaceable, I'm not sure if the Thorens is of the same design, but I knew someone a few years back who had one, and he would tweak it almost annually.

I merely suggest the possibility that your deck, being of similar age, *might* benefit from something similar before you embark on a big project.

Regards, Graham
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