I recently converted a cassette tape to mp3.
It worked beautifully with just a patch cord,
using Audacity. (From headphone jacks to
line input. If you don't have an out jack on
the record player that's another story.)
I'd tried it once before on a different computer
without good luck, so I suspect the quality of
the sound card might make a difference.
The cassette I converted was a lecture, though.
I don't generally listen to music. So I'm not expert
at discerning the quality of the transfer. It
sounded clear to me, with no noise or hissing,
but a music fan might say differently.
| Anyone have experience with converting vinyl LPs to MP3 file?
| Looking for advice on quality equipment, software and/or procedures.
| Thank you
With LPs, it would require a preamp. USB turntable converters have
preamp. Though I have an older turntable, I could buy just the preamp,
software and be good to go. I'm just uncertain which way to go.
What you really mean is RIAA correction . RIAA standards <IIRC>were designed
to overcome the inherent problems with recording on vinyl media . You must
"decode" to get a decent digital copy of music from vinyl . I have yet to
make the plunge , but need to - most of my favorite music is on vinyl , and
digital remasters aren't available for some . The rest I probably already
And after reading the literature I just downloaded Audacity . All my vinyl
and my turntable <and probably my R2R deck and the rest of my audio
equipment> will be in the SUV for the trip back from Memfrica after
Christmas . I have a LOT of music I've wanted to listen to ...
Not sure what you're indicating with RIAA correction. From what I've
read, RIAA is basically a specification or standard from the RIAA. It
isn't a device in place of a phono preamp, is it?
I also found a software based RIAA equalization
http://www.channld.com/pure-vinyl.html Is that something you're referring?
As you said earlier, you need some sort of preamp. A phono preamp
usually has RIAA equalization. If you connect the turntable to a
receiver, with a phono input, the recording output should be nicely
equalized. I have a cheap stereo mixer, which has a phono (with RIAA
equalization) built in, which works well for recording to the PC.
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Agreed on the RIAA correction, but you dont need to buy a preamp, if you
have a decent quality older stereo with PHONO inputs. That PHONO input
/IS/ already setup for the RIAA. Just plug the turntable into the
stereo, then connect a cord to the PREAMP OUT or TAPE OUT line on the
srereo and run it to your computer sound card. You may need some
adaptors to go from a RCA cable to the computer (Radio Shack has them).
I have never recorded a vinyl LP, but I know quite a lot about audio
equipment. I have used Total Recorder software with Windows to record
other stuff, such as a micophone, and recording the sound off video
tracks. T R is decent and cheap software and runs on almost any version
of Windows from Win98 and up. (Maybe some never versions wont work on
older Windows)??? (I'm using an older version, which is simple).
This thread did bring up a question for me. Does NEW stereo equipment
come with a PHONO input? (I bet not).
I have not boughten stereo equipment in at least 25 years. I like the
old stuff, and on my main stereo system, I have been using an actual
power amp made for use on a stage, such as a sound system for a Rock
band, and have speakers to match. More power than I'll ever need in a
house, but reserve power means no distortion.
That's a direct drive turntable from the mid 80s. It has a reputation for
being fairly stable so the tracking force and anti-skating should be ok. I'd
be suspicious of the needle. If you can't check it with a microscope then
buy a new one. Maybe $20. Set the table up so it's level and play an old
record to see if there are any problems. You can find the owner's manual
You don't mention an amp or pre-amp. You need to get the turntable's weak
signal amplified up to a "line-level" and also add a lot of bass. Radio
Shack, among others, sell phono pre-amps that do this. Be aware that records
before the early 60s may have a different bass equalization. Can't help you
a new needle $20
a pre-amp $15
a cable from
turntable to pre-amp $10
a cable from
pre-amp to computer $10
That may get your records into the computer.
What am I checking for under a microscope?
I see the needle, though a bit dusty, it appears ok, but that's not
Yea, I'm uncertain of the age of her albums but I do know some or many
of the artists are, um, dead.
I have this old Recoton stereo pre-amp but have no idea where it came
from. I'm uncertain of it's quality but would most likely get a better
one if needed.
I also have most cables required for hookups.
In my case, I used the needle as is.
I was very careful with needles and didn't expect any wear.
When I took the turn table out of the attic, the drive belt
had shriveled up.
Direct drive my be better, but I suggest lifting the turntable
and at least looking at the drive mechanism. Any rubber
may be gone.
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