Cassette to CD: I Hear Gremlins

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Lyle, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. Lyle macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2003
    Madison, Alabama
    I have some audio cassettes that I'm trying to digitize. Live recording, poor quality, lots of noise. I've captured the audio using Audacity, and was able to use its Noise Reduction effect to get rid of a lot of the hiss -- it worked really well, as a matter of fact.

    The problem with the audio now is that I can hear some sort of electronic gremlins in the background. It's a fairly high-pitched, but constant, stream of noise. Can someone clue me in to what sort of effect or technique I should be looking for to get rid of this noise? I know just enough about this stuff to be dangerous. Maybe not even that much.
  2. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    is it higher in freq than the rest of the content? i.e. could it be safely low-pass filtered?

    ime, when dumping from cassette to digital, i need to add some 16-18dB to the signal before digitizing; otherwise, the signal is just too low. if you start off with better s/n ratio, perhaps the noise filtering you're doing later won't produce as many artifacts.

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