Cleavers are better than knives.
Actually, I’m using Audacity with an Ion turntable. Your mileage may vary, as will your controls, depending on what you use.
The number of whosit bands whose LPs have made it to CD or, even more likely, MP3, is amazing. Julian’s Treatment, for heaven’s sake! The H. P. Lovecraft!
Great jazz artists of the 1950s are making it over, so if I had just waited two years I needn’t have gotten the vinyl for the Peter Gunn (TV show) soundtrack by Henry Mancini.
What I am not seeing are lesser movie soundtracks, especially those of the 1970s and early 1980s. When they came out on vinyl, and when the switchover to CDs occured, they were too new to be collectible, so that they’ve fallen between media chairs.
So here I am converting the likes of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, often called the Bakshi LotR or the 1978 LotR, with the soundtrack by Leonard Rosenman. It’s not as distinctively epic fantasy as the Howard Shore OST, and that’s what I like about it. It sounds like a good action/adventure soundtrack written anywhere from the 1930s to its own era. That means it makes good writing music.
I’m waiting on Miklos Rosza’s 10″ Quo Vadis, with nostalgia. My BFF from high school had a copy of this, and anything newer doesn’t include the song of the Vestal Virgins in the processional. Also in the mail, a movie I never saw, the 1978 Yanks whose soundtrack for a WW2 setting might suit some of my projects. (Then again, it may all be too mushy, but that works for other things, right? Characters can’t always be jumping through windows.)
Now, if you have considered doing this sort of thing but been thinking it’ll all be too technical and fussy — fear not. You, too, can convert your grandparent’s LPs or your great-grandparent’s 78s.
#1 step for quality is to get a crackle-free disc. They happen! The copy of the Krull OST I got is beautifully clear. (Early James Horner.) Many discs are worn, but cleaning them can make a huge difference. Before you ever put a platter on the turntable, inspect it. Look for gunk, dulling, dust, scratches. You can clean it, in a circular motion, with special cleaning agents, or go the extra (expensive) mile to get a disc-washer, like libraries used with loaner LPs. This gently deep-scrubs the grooves while keeping the label dry. A brush or velvet pad held to the surface on the turntable will get off superficial lint, but it’s not going to deep clean. You need
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