Improving the quality of old recordings

Obviously some recordings are beyond salvage, but it is remarkable how much better you can make poor quality audio sound and get rid of crackle and hiss with a bit of work, decent equipment and some software.

You will want to play your old audio on the best quality equipment you can get hold of. If it is a tape listen to it with Dolby B and Dolby C on and see how it sounds best. See our page on playback and copying equipment for advice on what equipment to use for playing and copying audio.

Connect your tape recorder or amp to your computer sound card and record the sound using some sound editing software. All of the sound editing software packages allow you to boost the volume of the sound, and some will offer some kind of hiss removal, noise removal, crack and pop removers and other useful tools. There are a variety of reasonably priced software packages designed for this, and you will find them in your local computer shop or on line.