Well what I do is connect the turntable to an amplifier, plug a cable into
the headphone socket and plug the other end into the computer mike input.
Audacity is easy to use once you get the hang of it and you can remove
ticks and other noise if you wish. You can then put a whole lot of records
on to a cd.
The time has come to convert some of the "no longer available" vinyl
onto digital format.
Having a decent turntable and "old style" set up I've no desire to buy
a USB turntable. The option then appears to be a preamp but part of me
says why do I need a pre-amp since I've got an older one of those
Most of the people selling "solutions" in this market package it up
with Audacity software which is free anyway so I suspect people are
selling snake oil - but I might just be tight!
What's the pragmatic solution?
Just a cable, although you'll probably lose the stereo effect.
I've got an old amp and seperate turntable, and bought a 2 into1
cable, plugged into L & R signal-out on the amp, and then the other
end went to to the mic input on the PC.
Used Audacity to record and edit out the scratches and long intro
"Charles P" schreef in bericht
Done it too, it took me months ;-) Old stereo amp line out, to line in
Soundcard. Simple. Amp has to have Phono in for RIAA-correction. Used
CoolEditPro to get rid of thumbs and crackling. Great program. It also
"normalises" volume, etc.
I've done this in the past using the 'tape output' from the stereo amp
and a long cable to the next room where it plugged into the 'aux' or
'line' input to the computer sound card. No doubt the purists would
frown at the long phono cable but for the old records I was
transferring the quality was fine. I have my doubts about what the
quality of turntable & pickup on the USB units can be at the price
they're being offered.
I used a program called 'clean', probably out of date now, but it
looks to me as though current versions of the likes of Nero might
I need to do some more soon anyway (as well as setting up for 'er
indoors to put loads of VHS tapes onto DVD)
There's a program out there somewhere that is able to figure out the
name of the track, artist etc. from analyzing the audio waveform, but
I can't remember what it is called. Anyone come across that?
Like any vinyl HiFi system you are never going to hear anything the stylus
doesn't pick up in the first place. The key to quality is the turntable and
starting off with a high quality vinyl one is a damn sight better option
than a crappy USB device which might make the process easier but lose all
Then just connect turntable to your existing hifi amp in the normal way and
Tape Recorder Out from the amp to Line In on the sound card. For a quid or
two you can get a special cable to convert the twin phono amp connection to
the single 3.5mm soundcard one.
In fact that's how I use my pc to play mp3 music and videos on the hard disk
through my HiFi anyway. Line Out on the sound card goes to Aux In on the NAD
3020 and then off to the Kef Celeste IVs. The same cable swapped over to the
other connections would let me digitally record from the cassette deck or
the Rega Planar.
There is an opinion that an external soundcard avoids more stray 'system'
noise than an internal one. I can't comment on that or the software
available for which I'm sure you'll be spoiled for choice.
Then my second post should answer the How-to part. I never had any vinyl
esoteric enough for there not to be CDs and therefore mp3s made available
also and thus never felt the need to 'rip' my own actual LPs. I can't really
see the point of ending up with a crackly ripped version of a vinyl track
that needs a lot of software editing when someone has already been kind
enough to make a clean digital version off the master tapes for me anyway.
Obviously if you don't have that option then 2 quid for a cable and you're
You might however be surprised at the rare stuff you can already find online
in mp3 format. If you want to post a couple of examples of your collection
I'll see if I can find them already ripped.
OK dave, let's try this.
Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Get Out (And Let Me Cry)
Igor Markevitch conducting L'Orchestre et les choreurs de la
radiofusion Francais performing the Polovtsian Dances from Borodin's
Prince Igor. A Columbia recording and one of the best.
I'm nothing if not broadminded!
Not a problem. Not even really esoteric.
Can't find that exact recording. Plenty of other stuff by him though such as
Pierre et le Loup with the Orchestre de Paris.
I can also find plenty of other versions of the Polovtsian Dances such as by
the Sofia National Chorus.
Or how about
Schubert quintet in C played by the Quintetto Boccherini.
I have a *very* worn LP which used to belong to my uncle, passed to my
mother when he died & was her favourite record of all time (with the
possible exception of Sergeant Pepper )
I did put it onto a CD years ago when my mother was still alive, but
as I said the LP is knackered :-(
I haven't searched recently, but looked in vain in the past for
reissues or secondhand LPs.
OK, that particular choice of recording might be regarded as esoteric
Talking of esoteric what about the TT sound stories ?
Ralph Brians dropping 5 gears for Kepple Gate still gives me a woody
after all these years.
In fact thinking about it that's the only thing that
Anyone want a Mk I Pink triangle turntable with Helius Scorpio arm and Glanze
MC10 moving coil cartridge? Probably needs a new stylus though. Available for
picking up for the price of nothing. It's taking up space in the workshop and
is unlikely to get used now.
On topic note. The two old "darlings" that made them turned them out on an old
round head Colchester Triumph...