Re: restoration

Subject: Re: restoration
From: Eric Somers (
Date: Sat Feb 27 1999 - 17:17:07 EST

At 11:31 AM 2/27/1999 -0600, you wrote:
>Dear CEC friends:
>How do you feel about restoring old, classic reel-to-reel
>tape pieces, which were made pre-Dolby or DBX?
>That is, should one use digital noise reduction techniques
>to mitigate tape hiss, for instance? Or should one leave
>such hiss and other tape noise artifacts of the late '40's to
>early '60's as part of the idiomatic nature of tape music of
>that period.?

I say RESTORE. A music history professor of mine once said that you can
recreate the sound of the Baroque orchestra (for example) but you cannot
recreate the ears of a Baroque audience. Thus listeners are informed by
their modern experience. Tape hiss may have been a part of e-a music of the
50s and 60s, but people are more aware of it now that they are used to the
improved S/N ratios or CDs.

Just my opinion. Flame away.

- Eric

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