I'm finally beginning a project that I've been wanting to do for a very long time...
I have around a hundred or so 78 records (classical and opera) that I'm transcribing to digital. The plan is to post them all to YouTube so folks can enjoy them for free. I suspect that there are a few rare gems in there. (There are also a few 16 RPM records in there as well.)
If I'm going to do all this, I might as well get it right.
What is the best practice? I have a USB turntable that only plays at 33 and 45. In order to get the correct speed (78), I am using Audacity to increase the playing speed to 78. Audacity has a built-in adjustment to change 45 to 78.
Would it be better to trust Audacity to get the conversion correct with its built-in adjustment? Or, would it be better to fiddle around a bit with the speed and verify that the recording harmonizes well with a piano tuned to A 440?
Another problem is that some of these recordings are not dated. So, I have no way of knowing if A should equal 440 or 435.
Edit: This is a sample of using the built-in speed converter:www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8NAaNmpB_U
This is just a trial run.
Btw, there is no date information available on the record or the album.