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Re: [ARSCLIST] Good industrial-strength LP cartridge for spoken-word material/stanton

And the worst thing is that a third-octave equaliser does not produce a correct inversion of the recording equalisation.

Recording curves were created, in general, by simple, first-order networks, with well-defined frequency and phase responses. It is, in my view, sheer folly to rely on a third-octave equaliser to produce the entire playback curve. For one thing, most equalisers don't have sufficient boost or cut for the extremes of the frequency range; and the phase response of a third-octave equaliser bears little resemblance to that of a first-order network.

"Why does this matter?" I hear you ask. For this reason, if no other. Archive sound, in general, is full of extraneous noises that someone, sometime, will want to remove. Hiss aside, most of these noises have an impulsive component; and it is by preserving this impulsive component that we give the restoration software the best chance if detecting it, and therefore of removing it cleanly. The more easily a disturbance is detected, the less hard you have do drive the restoration software to remove it, and the less collateral damage there will be.

Ted Kendall

----- Original Message ----- From: "Dan Nelson" <dnelsonone@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2009 11:14 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Good industrial-strength LP cartridge for spoken-word material/stanton

I too use a Stanton 500 with various stylus.. my next link in the chain is a flat pre amp which has a 47k 200 pff network across the input to match the Stanton loading requirement followed by a 1/3 octive equalizer to custom set recording curves or lack of for best overall response.
The best thing about using an equalizer to set playback curves is that older recordings can get very tubby in the mid low with RIAA equ pre amps.

--- On Mon, 4/20/09, Roderic G Stephens <savecal@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Roderic G Stephens <savecal@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Good industrial-strength LP cartridge for spoken-word material
To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Monday, April 20, 2009, 8:57 AM
Hi Tom,

I've been using the Stanton 500 MK II cartridge for many
years with changeable styli to transfer all kinds of program
material with excellent results. So, I
think that would be an excellent choice in my opinion.

Rod Stephens

--- On Sun, 4/19/09, Tom Fine <tflists@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> From: Tom Fine <tflists@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Good industrial-strength LP
cartridge for spoken-word material
> To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009, 3:07 PM
> A friend of mine has a really nice collection of
> LPs he wants to get into his iPod for easier access.
> He's got a decent transfer setup, certainly of higher
> fidelity than most of these recordings. I got him set
> with Technics SL1200 MK2 turntable. Now we're
> about the best cartridge for the job. I was thinking
> something like a Shure M44 decendent, mainly because
> it's low-cost but effective and again will have
> fidelity than most of these records. We were also
> maybe a Stanton 500 or 720. Given that some of these
> were really bad pressings (think limit-release stuff,
> interesting content but very low-grade production and
> pressing), trackability would be a plus. Most of the
LPs are
> in decent, good or excellent condition so the
> won't confront a tracking minefield in almost all
> The tough cases, I told him we'd sort them out at my
> studio.
> So, the goal here is a low-cost but good quality
> that tracks loyally and isn't finicky and is durable
> enough to give him a good run for the money.
> appreciated.
> -- Tom Fine

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