33 And A Third

Brew your own mp3s for pennies! The nuts & bolts of transferring a music collection from vinyl record albums to mp3. With a heavy dose of Garage Rock, 60s R & B, Classic Country, and groovy hits from our dusty record bins.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Gotta Love Them Algorithms

I can't say enough good things about a $25 piece of shareware called ClickRepair. It is an absolutely incredible program developed by an Australian mathematician to remove pops and clicks from your sound files. I would explain how it works, but it's all about algorithms, and I was sick the day we discussed that in math class. I just know that it is simple to operate and works better than anything out there.

Case in point, my toasted copy of The Delicates - Black And White Thunderbird, some great girlgroup pop from 1959. My original Unart 45 is wondrously trashed, with serious clicks and crackle and pops all the way through. It's unlistenable. So I give it a soapy water wash, record it onto Audacity, save as a wave file and then ClickRepair does its magic. I set the controls for maximum repair, which I actually thought would do too much damage to the musical information to make a saveable copy. But it was awesome. The clicks and crackles were gone and more importantly, the music was intact. There were still some relics in the form of background noise, but this I could remove 90-percent of with Audacity's Noise Removal function. If you're saving your records to digital you got to have ClickRepair. You can download a free 15-day fully functional trial version at http://wwwmaths.anu.edu.au/~briand/sound/
Also added to the Radio.Blog Player is another great T-Bird song - Jaguar And Thunderbird from Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders' 1965 The Game Of Love album. And continuing in our Fordfest, an mp3 I snagged the other day of Kelly Carkson's Go, the theme of Ford's new Bold campaign.


The Delicates - Black And White Thunderbird
Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders - Jaguar And Thunderbird
Kelly Clarkson - Go


  • At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Denise said…

    I just read your thread about The Delicates,45 record..'BLACK AND WHITE THUNDERBIRD"...It was so nice to read it...as i am one of the original DELICATES,and wrote and recorded that song back in 1959....glad you cared enough to restore it...thanks..Denise of The Delicates


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