Cardboard Records

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As a special project we digitized Cardboard records http://acumen.lib.ua.edu/w0008_2015002

Our equipment set up was as follows:

  • Shure N97E stylus
  • SME Series III S pick-up arm
  • Technics SP-15 Turntable
  • Yamaha AX-450 Stereo Amplifier
  • Fostex FR-2LE Field Memory Recorder (Analog to Digital Converter)
  • Hook up the turntable and all its parts to the amplifier and connect the Fostex to the amplifier to digitize the records.


We used the parts that we had there was no special ordering. There may be better materials out there but these worked for us.

We hooked up the turntable and all its parts to the amplifier and connected the Fostex to the amplifier to digitize the records. The records we played were in relatively good condition. They weren’t dirty, but they had degraded over time because they were from 1945. We tested this set up on a personal vinyl record because we wanted to play the cardboard records only once for digitization.

I don’t usually optimize audio recordings to the extent that I had to for these records which is why they sound mechanical but the amount of white noise took away from the recordings and made them difficult to listen to. I used Sony SoundForge for that.

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