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Help on how to EQ a 1980s Eastern European record?, Romanian, 1988, to be specific.
post Jan 26 2013, 00:03
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I have a record I want to digitize, Bună Seara, Iubito! by Loredana Groza, released in Romania in 1988, so just slightly before the end of Communism and I expect the adoption of the RIAA standard. The RIAA EQ clearly sounds wrong with it too much bass, not enough treble and what little information I could find from searching indicates that CCIR was the EQ curve used in Eastern Europe at the time. Assuming this is right (and hopefully it is), does anyone have any ideas of how to get this to sound right, preferably without having to buy a 1980s vintage Eastern European receiver? I can EQ it by ear and make it sound good, but I'd like it to be closer to correct than that. Google turns up nothing for a phono preamp with CCIR built in. Maybe somebody has CCIR specifications I could mimic? Fingers crossed it's not some Romania-only, or worse, single company-only, modification to the curve.
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post Jan 29 2013, 20:59
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As you say 'Still sounds a bit bassy to me, but better than ...', baring in mind that you also say 'and there is only about 13 minutes of music on each side, ...', it would not be unusual for the sound that you apparently hear to sound 'a bit bassy to you'. With all due respect to TOS #8. I have found, in the past, that when 12inch LPs have longer playing times on one or more sides, typically more than 20 minutes, that it is not unusual for the bass range to be attenuated during the cutting process to lengthen the playing time. Similarly it may follow that with a much reduced playing time, in your case approximately 13minutes, very little bass attenuation was applied during the cutting process resulting in there being more bass present than might be found on a LP with a more usual longer playing time.
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