Restoring Audio from Disks with John Landry

Even though technology marches onward, we sometimes must leverage older – even bygone – technologies. For this SBE WEBxtra, we turn to vintage recording. Records – audio disks, that is – were the primary audio recording and playback format for many years. Records have made a comeback in consumer circles as well. But not all all records are the same. Just dropping a stylus can result in poor audio reproduction. There are different materials, groove dimensions and playback curves depending on an audio disk’s age and manufacturer. As vintage disks are discovered, it's important to preserve the audio for posterity, and you might only get one chance to play it back.

John Landry, CSRE, has collected records for many years, and has a wealth of knowledge on all the aspects of optimizing playback of audio disk records, from the earliest Edison disks to more recent pressings. 

SBE board member Kirk Harnack, CSRE, CBNE, leads the conversation with John.

Kicking off this SBE WEBxtra, Chriss Scherer, SBE member communications director, provides a concise report of topical news updates for SBE members.


John Landry – Aural Content Producer, Musician, and Radio Station owner/manager

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