Monday, January 11, 2021

54-Scoop Seven

Way, way into the new year here, but I've still got a few more things to share with you. The Internet Archive is so vast that little things keep popping up here and there that I want to share with you. Many of the things you see here are songs I downloaded recently, though certainly not all of them. Some of these have been in the pile since well before the season started, you'll probably remember seeing the flip side of them earlier. And then I discovered at least one thing that was in this pile that had been shared out earlier. I discovered it soon enough that I was able to remove it, but I guess my share QA system is a little lacking. I hope I haven't duplicated too many thing this year. As has been the case a lot lately, and will be the case most of the rest of the season, there isn't really a theme here, just a deep scoop into the leftover pile. Not to say there isn't good stuff here, I think there is, but there's nothing tying any of the songs together. Just all good music I'm sure you'll enjoy!

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7 comments:

Buster said...

I'm going to get this collection, with thanks, if only to hear what the "Christmas Cannon Ball" could be.

Ernie said...

Part of a long tradition of country train songs, and by the same guys who wrote Frosty The Snowman, I think. :) Kinda reminds me of The Polar Express, but the train is headed the other direction, and goes through Baltimore for some reason.

Buster said...

Must be an Amtrak train. I hope they avoided the food or "Christmas Cannon Ball" could take on a whole new meaning,

Bob said...

Ernie, I just wanted to thank you for the unbelievable bounty of Christmas 78s this year. I know I could have gone to Internet Archive and done it myself but I know I never would have gotten around to it, so I really appreciate all of your effort. Plus, everything sounds so great, much better than most things I've downloaded from Internet Archive. What program are you using to clean up the files? You must have some magic presets to be able to get such good results from so many files without spending the whole year doing nothing else.

Ernie said...

Thanks for the note, Bob. It's all a labor of love, so the time is kinda irrelevant, though it does take a while. :)

I convert the FLAC downloads to WAV in Audacity, then run the files through ClickRepair to get the clicks out and to knock down the worst of the 78 background noise. Then back to Audacity to do a little noise reduction, collapse the files to mono and trim the beginning and end to consistent lengths. (I also put a little fade at the beginning and end, so if the track is still noisy, you don't notice it as much in the silences). From there, the files get tagged and converted to MP3 in a very old version of iTunes, the image files get embedded, then the share happens. Easy peasy. I don't spend a whole lot of time trying to get each file to sound as good as it possibly could, I just shoot for a nice average, which makes the process go a lot quicker. If I run into something odd, the time can really add up. I've gotten things that had skips or a section at the beginning where you can hear the turntable coming up to speed, those can all be fixed, but it's a time sucker.

Too much info? :) Thanks again for the comment.

MOQChoir said...

Ernie, more thanks for your ongoing (and ceaseless!) efforts, plus appreciation for the technical 411 you shared with us. My own sound file editing efforts run through RealPlayer and Adobe tools, with varying levels of success. You've given me some ideas for adding to my toolkit.
I get the idea that newer versions of iTunes don't accomplish your preferred outcomes. So many times, "improving" an application falls short.

Ernie said...

Thanks for the thanks. I've heard that Adobe makes (or bought...) some very powerful audio processing tools. My last experience with Real Player is probably going on 20 years ago now, and it wasn't good. Sure I still have some .ra files laying around somewhere, but no idea what they might be. :) When my computer gets replaced, I'm going to have to rethink the whole workflow because much of my software is not going to be available anymore. I was planning on a new computer this past year, but life had other ideas.