I am digitizing some LP’s I don’t find on Tidal. Audacity works fine, thank you.
Conversion is made by an old SoundBlaster soundcard. Settings: input on 100% (no clipping), 96 kH. Only post prod: de-dlicking. Usually I export to Flac 24 bit. Interestingly, when I digitize an LP which is on Tidal, the result I obtain sounds better than the Tidal version (clrearer, more colour). I fear the DSP used by firms to wipe out the flaws of analogue technology are detrimental to the music.
My point here: the dynamics. LP’s are said to offer at least 60db (whereas I remember that in the sixties le upper limit of turntables seemed to be at 56db). Yet on the recording level meter of Audacity I read -30, -36, -42 at best between the tracks… Actually, we knew already in vinyl times that the industrial product we bought seldom held the promises.
Hence a first question: did others experience the same limitations while digitizing LP’s?
So one could consider enhancing the dynamics in the DSP while exporting the digitized record. Unfortunately, adding gain makes no sense, since the peaks of my records often reach -2 db. What would be needed ist a process for stretching the original dynamic range towards the bottom, say moving the -40 level to -50. In that manner the dynamic range would be enhanced and the noise floor lowered. I guess this should be possible without quality loss since the project data are stored using 32bit floating point.
Hence the second question: is that a good or a bad idea? Is there some software out there, which offers such a tool?