Most souncards will have a stereo mini-jack connector, and
it's fairly easy to acquire
a connecting cable with the mini-jack plug, and 2 phono
sockets at the other end; this
gets the sound into the PC. Once you've sorted the
connections, you're half way there.
I'd recommend (having used it for many different audio edit
jobs), "Magix Audio Cleaning Lab" software.
This'll take off clicks, scratches and other extraneous
noises with little effort. It's budget software and costs
about GBP20 (say 6 beers ;) but works very well despite
It has an easy to use interface, with either auto or manual
cleaning functions, together with a full
audio editor if needed. Once you're satisfied with the
startling clarity you've achieved, then the .wav
files can be burnt to CD.
However, these connections are for line level or mike level inputs, not
phono cartridge outputs. Best bet is to run input into high fi amp
having phono inputs, take line level output from amp and run into sound
Audacity is a great freeware program, but not something I'd
to a starter, in that the filters and plugins - while super
in operation - aren't
very intuitive to use.
But nothing that's beyond the ken of a desperate man ;)
I'll third that! Audacity is a free power-tool. It may not be a no-brainer
to use, but once you get it figured out it's amazing what you can do.
I used it yesterday to put a soundtrack together for an old 8mm movie. Ten
songs that fade one to the next. When I found that one didn't play well
against the film I cut it out and spliced in another song in it's place.
Took me an hour to pick out the songs, but five minutes to put it together.
Here's a fantastic FREE program to use for such:
What I like about Audacity (besides the fact that it's FREE) is that it
is also a waveform editor, will do multi-track recording, can use VST
plug-ins, supports multiple audio formats (I'd recommend using .AIFF for
your rips te get the best quality), and is hosted cross/multi-platform.
You'll need a way to get the signal from the turntable into your
computer - but if you have an audio in on your machine, you're most of
the way there. Just hook your preamp or receiver headphone out to your
computer's audio in and route the signal.
there's an excellent video walkthrough of converting vinyl to digital
on CNet. And it's pretty much on the ball.
Play the videos in this order:
One minute of true CD-quality stereo audio takes about 10MBs of hard
drive space. (that's 420MBs for both sides of a 42min album) You should
consider adding an additional hard drive if you're thinking multiple
Capturing and digitally cleaning up (removing clicks, pops, and noise
reduction) ripped vinyl tracks could tie up your computer extensively.
And (IMHO) it's not one of those tasks that you can do while surfing in
the background. Ideally, this is a task you can let a spare or older
computer do.. even a Pentium III can handle the job with enough disk
space (it just takes much longer to clean up tracks)
Record as hot (loud) as you can- that is as close to zero/red on the
meters without going over.
Don't expect the moon. The minijack line input on most sound
cards/computers isn't exactly the cleanest way to get audio into your
computer- but it is the cheapest. A bad phono cartridge/stylus will
make any recording problematic (and the low end practically
non-existent) And sometimes there's dirt and crap in an LP's grooves
that may prove impossible to clean out.
You can make great Vinyl "rips"...but for most people it's not worth
the time and work involved.
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