Thanks Mike, I was hoping you'd answer this thread. I've recorded a fair number of my LP's and for most of the pops and static, I've been happy with Audacity's tools. But, I may just give iZotope RX3 a try.
It is amazing -- makes no changes to the music that I can hear yet virtually eliminates that tell-tale vinyl surface noise so that it's really hard to tell what the source is. On good 200g LPs, the end result is stunning.
We've talked about things audio in the past. My Linn Axis has a spiffy Dynavector cartridge, and I have a VPI 16.5 record vacuum. It is great to hear my LP's again.
Yes, we have... and will do again, I'm sure.
This is totally off topic, but you mention the Axis. Funny thing is, a couple months ago, I finally decided my LP12/Ekos was no longer the cat's ass I had always thought it was, despite it sound just the same as ever, and I sold it off. With the proceeds, I had more than enough $ to buy several old Lenco L-78 and 75s, a bunch of improved parts (like main bearing & idler wheel), and a new Origin Live Silver tonearm for one of the turntables I will (re-)build from those parts. Yeah, I caught the Lenco rebuild itch. If they turn out anything as good as what the enthusiasts say, I'll give you a holler. Maybe you'll be interested in one if I end up building all 3 Lencos.
This is more or less the design I'm aiming for.
from Lenco Heaven
Or maybe this one.
I also used the proceeds from the Linn TT to buy a bunch of power tools like table saws, routers, etc to finally build the Linkwitz Orion 3.3 spkrs, parts for which had been gathering dust for nearly 7 years. They sound superb but make me a bit too aware of differences in recording quality -- not that my system didn't let me hear them before, but now I can hear just how terrible some are, even when I love the music! I need good quick & simple tone controls now. lol!