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Click it: Prescribed for worst cases of hiss stereo.

Byline: Stephen Cawley

YOU probably won't remember this but back in the old days, it wasn't just DJs who played vinyl records - we all had LPs, EPs and singles.

The Compact Disc put a stop to all that, but there are still plenty of people out there who have their trusty 45s and 33s going mouldy in the attic.

Now you can breathe new life into your classics with Audio Cleaning Lab software from Magix.

Audio Cleaning Lab allows you to polish up all your old audio recordings digitally and then either turn them into MP3s or burn them onto a CD.

The promotional blurb makes this sound incredibly easy, but be warned you do have to hook up your old sound system up to your PC first.

Importing tracks is pretty straightforward once you've wired everything up; you click on import and start cleaning.

I tried out the process on both an old cassette recording and a bad MP3 recording and I found in both cases that Audio Cleaning Lab improved sharpness of sound.

However, I did find it difficult to completely eliminate hiss from the MP3 track. While the MP3 track did sound better, it still didn't rank as 'digital quality' in my book.

Another problem was that it seemed to take eons for changesto take effect. PriceEUR19.99 ContactPC World +353 (0)1-802 5555 Rating25%

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 19, 2003
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