You may be surprised how many old LPs are now available on CD. Unless you have a large vinyl collection or LPs that can't be found on CD, it might not be worth the time and expense to record your LPs yourself. You may be able to skip the computer and sound card altogether if you get a good CD-RW recorder. These can be connected directly to your stereo receiver so that you can record LPs onto CDs as easily as you used to record onto cassette tapes. If you want to edit the recording, you can simply use your CD to transfer the files to your computer and burn additional copies with your computer's CD burner.
Get the right turntable. If you have a record collection, you've probably got a turntable. While you'll be able to make your recording using almost any turntable, the quality of your finished CD depends heavily on the quality of your equipment. The pawnshop-special record player in your basement may not be suitable for recording purposes. Get the right sound card. You don't need a professional-quality sound card to make a good recording, but the standard-issue cards that come with many computers just won't do, especially if they don't have a "line in" jack.
Jacks labeled "mic in" are usually mono and won't provide good quality for this purpose. If you already have a sound card, try recording with it. It could be fine, or you might want to upgrade. When editing, feel free to play around with your software's noise reduction and equalizer tools until you get a good sound. This will usually involve a bit of trial and error, so you should always make sure to save the original recording unaltered and then rename edited files.
That way, if your editing actually worsens the sound quality you can always go back to the original and start again without having to re-record the LP. If you used a freeware program, it will probably save in mp3 or WAV form, but if you use Microsoft Plus, it will save as a Windows Media file, which you can convert to mp4 using iTunes or burn directly to a CD with Windows Media Player. These uncompressed formats yield large files, but you can delete them once you've edited and burned them to CD.
If you have a laptop, it may not be feasible to use a sound card. In this case, you can utilize a USB audio interface device. As will all the equipment, these vary in quality, so shop around and read reviews before buying. It is probably easiest to use one software application to both record and edit, but you may also use two programs or even three: a recording application, a WAV editor and a CD burning program such as Nero.
You can also search for "audio recorder" in a search engine and turn up a number of products, some free. If you need RCA cables for this project you can find them for a small fraction of the cost of new ones by easily finding them at a Goodwill store in the basket where they have various electronic cables, chargers and plug-ins.
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Helpful 4 Not Helpful 1. The initial surge can damage circuits with some combinations of sound card and audio source. Sound cards are especially sensitive to this damage. Exercise the utmost care when cleaning an LP. LPs are actually quite resilient, but even the smallest scratch can produce popping or hissing noises, and once you've damaged the vinyl it can be difficult or impossible to repair. If you're not sure what you're doing, ask the staff of your local record store or do some research online.
Turntables are extremely sensitive to vibration. You can find it on ebay as well. There are other ways, but this is the easiest. Hi Gloria C Being a bit of a tightwad, I refuse to pay extra bucks for something that I already own, so I chose not to purchase a USB turntable; I just use my existing stereo turntable circa and amplifier circa I connect the headphone socket on the amplifier to an analogue to digital converter. This unit then connects to your PC, and the included software then allows you to record your old vinyls to digital format.
Similarly, you can also record other analogue source such as audio cassettes, open-reel tapes and - [heaven forbid! This ensures the best quality sound reproduction from those wonderful old vinyls. I have literally thousands of tracks in my iTunes library that I have successfully copied this way, and apart from the obvious 'clicks' and 'pops' that come from the occasional scratch in the vinyl records, they sound great!
You must accept some loss of quality as you convert to mp3 format, but this is true of any analogue signal that you copy, with any sort of converter, even the aforementioned USB turntables Hope this helps. Segap hit the nail on the head with this thread. This is the technique I have used in years past and it yields very satisfying results.
The only thing I can add is the software used for conversion. I use Roxio Creator Special Addition. Older versions of this use to be called SpinDoctor which was very nice, also. I might add one further note and that is the conversion is in REAL time.
There is no shortcut of which I'm aware. You begin the process by clicking the Start button in Roxio to record at the same time you drop the stylus on the LP. Have fun and patience. Not just this post but all posts: If you want good audio sound quality, it will take more than a cheap really cheap turntable like an ION to make even a good MP3 file. The better quality the front end turntable set-up, the better the end result.
It seems that no one on this site cares about sound quality. A shame with so much more to enjoy. Then plugged into a Alesis Masterlink CD burner where I can choose the ultimate quality of sound bit rate 16 and 24 and frequency 44khz to 96 khz. I do not wish to hear eviscerated music from MP3 files but must use them for internet mailings for choir and orchestral members.
Needle Doctor too. On sound quality I agree also. Converted all my CD mp3s to lossless encoding. They do sound better. Only convert the lossless encoding to mp3s when space is a premium.
Using the Audacity settings to modify the raw input data is the key, after the input audio level is set correctly. Instead of using the scratch filter settings, I can even go in and manually edit the actual waveform to rid the recording of some of the more pronounced scratches.
Works great, but takes time sometimes, for older plastic and vinyl recordings. Between a mono or a stereo recording. I can't tell the difference between Bass and Treble. I guess you could say I'm tone deaf. I'm one of those who would rather whistle tunelessly to myself than listen to recorded music, most of the time. No real reason to have music in your pocket when you can make it yourself, whistling tunelessly, or singing offkey as I'm told I do. It doesn't matter, all notes sound about the same, it's just noise.
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