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Digitizing 45 RPM vinyl at 33-1/3 and then resampling, Caveats?
post Jul 28 2011, 18:34
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So I've finally come across an album where there is an actual visible - and audible! - difference in dynamics between the CD and vinyl versions: Radiohead's "King of Limbs."

The CD is heavily brickwalled (the worst I've seen on a Radiohead album by a pretty good margin), while the double 10" (clear!) vinyl has some actual life to it, so I'd like to digitize the vinyl as accurately as possible and use that as my main copy of the album.

The thing is, the vinyl is 45 RPM, and while my eBay-special Pioneer PL-4 is rock-solid at 33 RPM, its speed varies quite a bit at 45.

So, I was thinking about digitizing the vinyl at 33 RPM, changing the playback sample rate by the appropriate percentage in Cool Edit 2000 to speed it back up, and then resampling to 44.1 kHz to make my FLACs (and MP3s).

I haven't tried it yet, it's just a thought at this point, so before I headed down that road, I wanted to ask our esteemed community if there are any caveats/gotchas/pitfalls to this method.


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