Pink Floyd - Top Gear from the BBC Archive (MD) (Neonknight-falbrav)
Album info
Length  : 19:21
Format  : FLAC
Rating  : 8
Live  : Yes
Recording Date  : 12-05-1969
Track List
01 Entire recording 19:21

Recorded at the BBC Paris Cinema, London, UK. Excellent sound quality.

From the info file:

Pink Floyd 1969-05-12 Top Gear from the BBC Archive (16bit/44.1kHz)

Pink Floyd
Top Gear, presented by John Peel, BBC Radio 1
Recorded on 12 May 1969, BBC Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London between 5.30pm and 12.00midnight
First transmitted on 14 May 1969

Lineage: Radio 1 Archive 5' spools > Sony Professional MiniDisc > Sony MDS-JE640 MiniDisc deck > Edirol UA-1D > Audacity 1.3 > FLAC > falbrav (see notes below) > FLAC (16bit/44.1kHz)

xACT used to create FFP

01 The Beginning
02 Beset By Creatures Of The Deep
03 Daybreak
04 The Narrow Way
05 Nightmare

Total running time 19 mins 20 secs

Going by accounts in various books, the songs on this MD are in the wrong order but we decided to leave them that way.

A nice recording. The MD clearly compresses some very high frequencies but most of the audible range is well balanced. This session was recorded in mono, and as usual one channel was chosen to get rid of phase issues. The right one was slightly louder but the difference in the end was very small, which is always a good sign.

A certain amount of 50Hz hum was present in the recording, and not too low. Also higher harmonics were detectable, up to 5th! By chance Derumble (tool brother of Denoise, cousin of ClickRepair) can be set to work up to 5th harmonic, so it was possible to remove all audible noise (we hope).

Then it was a matter of removing some occasional clicks and pops, mostly but not only on Daybreak. Finally a small increase of 2dB at 1kHz and 6kHz was done to further improve spectral balance and make the music clearer and a bit more defined.

Neonknight / falbrav, April 2015