6. NOISE REDUCTION EXAMPLES
Finally, two complete noise-reduced 78s: each starts with the straight
transfer and then after about 25 seconds changes to the decrackled and
dehissed version. The decrackling was done first, care being taken not
to overdo it and introduce distortion: then the same principles applied
to the hiss as described on the previous pages.
Firstly, 'The ToyTown Party', from a forgotten musical show called
'Nippy' ( a 'Nippy' was a waitress in the Lyons Corner House
tea-rooms): it's sung by Binnie Hale and was recorded on 27 November
1930: Columbia DB349. There is still some residual noise; but although
it could have been further reduced, doing so removed the 'bite' from
what is a very fine recording for its age. As always, a careful balance
has to be drawn between reducing noise and retaining the quality of the
The second item is a modern vinyl pressing from the original master, so
that there is no abrasive noise: the result shows just how good the
original recording quality could be. It's 'Il était un roi de Thulé'
from 'Faust' by Gonoud, sung by Conchita Supervia. It was recorded in
1932 by Odéon but originally unpublished: this copy was issued by The
British Institute of Recorded Sound in the first issue of Historic
Masters, on BIRS HMB11.