C1 - Cheer Up, Boys (Your Make Up Is Running).flac
B3 - Stranger Things Have Happened.flac
B2 - Come Alive.flac
B1 - Long Road to Ruin.flac
A3 - Erase, Replace.flac
A2 - Let It Die.flac
A1 - The Pretender.flac
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AT440MLa -> JVC L-A31 -> custom phono preamp (based on Silicon Chip KC5433, with optimal loading for my cart, and Burr-Brown Op-amps) -> M-audio Firewire Audiophile
Side A: 88697-11516-1-SA `|' (u)
Side B: 88697-11516-1-SB `|' (u)
Side C: 88697-11516-1-SC `|' (u)
Side D: 88697-11516-1-SD (u)
A1 - The Pretender
A2 - Let It Die
A3 - Erase, Replace
B1 - Long Road to Ruin
B2 - Come Alive
B3 - Stranger Things Have Happened
C1 - Cheer Up, Boys (Your Make Up Is Running)
C2 - Summer's End
C3 - Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners
D1 - Statues
D2 - But, Honestly
D3 - Home
First rip using my new setup... and an interesting one nonetheless. I've never heard this album until now, and I have to say I like it. Based on a very short comparison, this vinyl version seems a lot "warmer" and not as ridiculously bright as the cd version, but it does have one strange twist of its own, apart from being seemingly digitally sourced: the audio source seems to have been pretty much cut off at 16kHz... wtf? I know it has nothing to do with my new ripping setup; other vinyls I know well, under the new setup, don't exhibit the 16k cutoff... honestly, who in the chain of command wanted that?!
I wrestled with an off-centre pressing on the second vinyl (Sides C and D), which I attempted to correct by enlarging the hole in the centre of the vinyl. Risky move, I know, but it worked.
Side D got a nasty scratch when I was cleaning it, which resulted in a strange LF thump, which I managed to remove using Adobe Audition's "Center Channel Extractor".
Unfortunately there's a little bit of inner groove distortion (which I can't stand), but it's bareable (most people probably won't hear it at all).
All up, this rip is 2 seconds off being exactly the same duration as the CD release, with many tracks being the same length.
1. Ripped using both Adobe Audition 2 (Sides A & B) and Audacity (C & D) to 96kHz, 24bit
2. Ran DenoiseLF on all sides (-60dB, 100Hz cutoff)
3. Light Declick in Audition 2 (except side D: Clickrepair v3 @ Declick:25, Reverse, Wavelet x3)
4. Individual click repair where needed
5. Individual "thump reduction" using Audition's "Center Channel Extractor" to remove any out of phase noise < 100/250/350Hz (Side D only)
6. Amplified by 2dB
7. Edited into tracks using Audition
8. Tagged with dBpoweramp
9. Converted to FLAC v1.2.1 (level 8, verified) using dBpoweramp
Thanks to Callummc for putting up with my questions and rambling while I wrestled with this vinyl rip, and as always, if you enjoyed it, share it!