Reducing Skipping


Reducing Skipping

If your record skips, you may want to try a technique called Half speed mastering.  This basically allows you to slow the speed of your turntable so that your stylus has a slower path and is less likely to hang up and skip.

In many cases, just playing your 45 record at 33 1/3 speed may eliminate the skip, then use the speed change in DC SIX or Millennium to readjust to 45.  There are presets in both programs to perform a variety of changes.

If you're fortunate enough to have a turntable that offers a wide range of speed selections and you happen to have a tape deck with at least two speeds, you can set the turntable to one-half the record RPM rating.  For example, if your record is a 78 (78.26), set the turntable for 39.13 RPM.  Set the tape deck speed for the speed just under the highest speed available.  For example, if your tape deck has 15, 7.5, and 3.25 ips settings, use 7.5 ips to transfer the record to tape (a three minute song will take 6 minutes for the transfer.)*   To restore the original pitch of the recording, transfer the tape onto your hard drive at 15 ips. Another method involves the use of the Change Speed filter.  Transfer the record onto your hard drive with the turntable running at 45 RPM.  Then, using the Change Speed filter, correct the pitch according to the following list:


1.        78.2 RPM record - Use +73.7% pitch increase (flat line contour)

2.        78.8 RPM record - Use +75.1% pitch increase (flat line contour)

3.        80 RPM record - Use +77.7% pitch increase (flat line contour)


Using your ears can be the most important lesson in this type of restoration.  While you may not dial things in to mathematical perfection, if you eliminate the skips and the record sounds great to your've won the battle.