Mono-a-Mono in Action

There’s a useful in-depth review of Mono-a-Mono, written by a professional audio engineer who actually knows what he’s talking about, at the archived TDL Technology site.

To hear what it can do with wide range of music and speech, have a browse around my personal web site. It includes a pretty random selection of 78s from my collection, including a couple which were cracked (not just scratched – the record was split right through – only held together by the paper label), some were badly worn, and some badly pressed. You can get a pretty good idea of what to expect from Mono-a-Mono by listening to these.

To hear exactly how effective Mono-a-Mono can be at removing noise, try the “before-and-after” recordings below. They’re from 78s dated between 1930 and 1950. For each one, there are two files, one the “original” stereo recording (played back using RIAA equalisation), and one “cleaned” with Mono-a-Mono. The “original” files are the same recordings used as input to Mono-a-Mono, but converted to MP3 format. The “cleaned” files are the corresponding outputs of Mono-a-Mono, again converted to MP3 format.

For the “cleaned” files, Mono-a-Mono’s Wizard function was used to set the processing controls. The Wizard’s “Background Hiss”, “Pops’n’Clicks”, and “Wear’n’Tear” controls were all set to mid-range values. No individual customisation was performed.

Take a listen and see what you think…

Danny Kaye and the Andrews Sisters
“Civilisation”

Original

Cleaned

Jack Jackson and his Orchestra
“Nobody Loves a Fairy When She’s Forty”

Original

Cleaned

Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra
“Hey Ba-Ba-Re-Bop”

Original

Cleaned

Miss Cecil Cunningham
“That Monte Carlo Song”

Original

Cleaned

Spike Hughes and his Dance Orchestra
“St. James’ Infirmary”

Original

Cleaned

The McGuire Sisters
“Delilah Jones”

Original

Cleaned

The Mills Brothers
“Across the Alley from the Alamo”

Original

Cleaned

Vladimir Horowitz
“Capriccio in F Minor” by Dohnyani

Original

Cleaned

Woody Herman and his Orchestra
“Who Dat Up Dere?”

Original

Cleaned

 

 

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