Remastering old vinyl recordings

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by cldcp00, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. cldcp00

    cldcp00 Guest

    I have some very old classic vinyl recording recording at a famous Jamaican studio called Studio One. They already mastered but a very long time ago and lack luster and punch.

    I would like to use the Waves C4 to put some punch into the recordings as they seem very light especially the bass.

    Is it best to use the upward compressor or the upward expander or simple EQ the mix

    your advice would be most appreciated.
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I used to do this in the 90's with Pro Tools, TDM declicker. I declicked them to take out the pops and click and then used the L2. They sounded pretty good. Get rid of the pops and clicks before you do any any compression and expansion.
  3. Big K

    Big K Well-Known Member

    I do this all the time and started with my own records which suffert a lot from partying...
    First I capture at 32 bit float, then I usually get rid if crackle and noise, first. Then I apply some SPL Transient designer to give it a bit of spank and maybe a few squirts of the Vitalizer, always staying away from too much enhancement a la exiter..
    I tweak with the most appropriate EQ and only a slight compression to the today's taste...
  4. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Yup, same... and I do (smile) normalization pre burn to CD ... comes out excellent. Made a nice chuck of change remastering records from all over the planet back then.
    Sequoia 11 has a built in vinyl record restoration suite that I've never used to date. It looks very pro. Cedar was the benchmark for this back in the day,

    Curious, has anyone here use Sequoia for vinyl record restoration?
  5. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    OP, watch the C4 for over doing it. I bought that plug-in years back (em) and it's really easy to destroy music, especially old classic like what you describe. . Personally, ( new versions could be better) the C4 and a lot of plug-ins are IMO very destructive. Less is more..

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