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Re: [ARSCLIST] PACKBURN 323A
When I was the Chief Audio Engineer at The Rodgers & Hammerstein
archives we had a number of Packburns, and we never used them,
because they sounded like shit, to put it mildly. Now a days with all
the digital noise reduction programs out there why aren't you using
that? Also why on earth are you using a RIAA curve on 78's?! You're
missing most of the sound. A KAB pre-amp would be much better, even
though I'm not crazy about the pre-set curves. The OWL 1 is way
better to dial in the curves. Good luck finding one of those. Anyway
toss the Packburn and the RIAA curve.
On Mar 21, 2009, at 11:32 AM, Jan Myren wrote:
About Packburn 323 Audio Noise Suppressor
HI; I have learned that you for many years (and probably still) use
Packburn for playback and recording from old 78 rpm discs.
Since I am a collector of old 78's and have a big collection of
all ages. I have also spent some recourses on good equipment and I
this Packburn would be the correct analogue device to my set-up.
I have a Thorens TD 521 turnable. The arm is a SME 3012R and the
is a Stanton 500MKII and some different stylis, all special made for
playback of old 78's! I use a normal NAD RIIA preamp.
My experience so far is that it works very well on clicks and pops
switcher and the blanker. But the continous noise filter bugs me a
since I think it doesn't reduce that much surface noise. I don't
variable adjust very often, since the so called "masked-noise" and the
pumping effect bring offer "strange noises" to the sound. Therefore
use the FIXED adjust, and usually set it fixed at 9 o'clock posititon.
I have read that some re-issue engineers, like Robert Parker used the
Packburn 323A frequently when restoring old 78's for LP and CD-
MY main question is if the Packburn was used as a "stand alone"
unit or it
was also supplied with other noise reduction units in order to
more of the surface noise. If so, what did they (or you) actually
what could eventually be a good supplement for that purpose?
I would really appreciate if any of you would please give me some
suggestions, since I think the Packburn will work very well if used
Really hope to hear from you again!!