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Rip Your Own: Digitizing Your Records and Tapes by Casey Kim

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Chapter 5. The Good, the Bad, and the Audibly Ugly

I WOULD ESTIMATE THAT ABOUT 99.9 PERCENT of the time, your analog-to-digital transferring adventures will go off without a hitch, meaning that you’ll be completely satisfied with the fidelity and quality of the audio you have digitized. But because you can’t really guarantee that a transfer will go right from beginning to end, there is still that 0.1-percent possibility that needs to be addressed.

When you’re archiving older recordings, there are a lot of stages that the audio passes through. It may go from a turntable, to a soundcard, through analog-to-digital conversion, and on to format conversion. In this process it’s possible (and to some degree, maybe even reasonable, depending on how many ...

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