Some time ago I am sure I came across a program that allowed playing 78 records at 45/33 and then slowing down the recorded files to get back to 78. Can anyone help with a suggestion about any program that will do this? Many thanks and a Very Happy Xmas to all. Dave
Whilst from a speed point of view one might be able to achieve the desired effect, if one is using a deck that plays at 45 / 33, then I imagine that one is likely to be using a tone arm / headshell / needle that is for 45s / 33s.
Such a set-up (specifically the needle) is bad for two reasons. Firstly it probably won't pick up the sound correctly (and the tracking weight and lateral forces for 78s will almost certainly be different). Secondly and more importantly, it could seriously damage the 78s. As I recall, the needles for 78s are quite thick and not anywhere near as pointed as those for 45s / 33s.
I know this doesn't help, but thought you might like to know before you do some permanent damagle to what might be a valuable collection.
Of course, if you have an appropiate headshell / needle, then it shouldn't be a problem.
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