I'm assuming you are using Windows.
I've used Total Recorder and it worked well for me. It's a very simple
program ... it's not freeware but the price was low.
OTOH: That Audacity program is probably worth checking out since it's free
It can be used for any sound recording purposes but I do not know how it
compares to Audacity.
What I liked about Total Recorder is that the speed can be varied. It
would be helpful if your turntable is slightly out of calibration.
I needed it mostly because I was trying to archive a recording made on a
non-standard tape recorder and the speed of the recording was not the
same as my standard-speed playback device. It worked perfectly
| OTOH: That Audacity program is probably worth checking out since it's free
I was told about Audacity by a musician friend
who also writes tech help files during the day. He
says it's a fullscale, professional sound editor.
Unfortunately, I have no expertise when it comes
to audio technology, so I really can't assess it
for myself. I don't understand much of the
SBH wrote: "- show quoted text -
I saw a brief review of Audacity and it appeared to be pretty intense
with many features. Many USB turntable converters use that or EZ Vinyl
Audacity "pretty intense" - but peanuts compared to ProTools! LOL
The easy way is to use your turn table and amp with a "line" out,
going into the Line In on the sound card in your PC and using
recording software like "Total Recorder". If you bump that up to a
high end program like Sound Forge you can massage the sound a bit and
take out the pops and scratches.
If you only have cartridge out from the turn table, it will usually be
OK into the MIC in on your sound card.
I've done lots. Probably around 800 Albums and a bunch of 45s.
I have 7000 tracks total.
I used a vintage turn table and tuner/amplifier.
Run a line from the tuner audio out to line in on the PC.
I'm on Linux, so I used Audacity.
It's pretty simple to operate.
If you look online you can find the procedure to take
a whole album side, mark the track endings, then split
the file into individual cuts. If I recall right,
you insert labels at various points on the album side,
then tell it to export the recording as multiple files.
I've saved everything as FLAC. MP3 reduces the quality.
Still can't bring myself to pitch the albums, but
I probably will.
I have been using Total Recorder 3.0 since 2001 with never a problem,
quick & easy. Also have been using Goldwave 5.2 since 2007 for sound
editing - free evaluation verision is fully functional and includes
everything that have needed.
What do you have already? I used Audacity. It took a few hours of fiddling
but it made good recordings on my computer which is about 10yrs. old and
runs XP. I didn't use mp3 but I'm sure it will do that
I used a good turntable which was set up well and my stereo gear since it
has a phono pre-amp built-in. Sent the signal from the tape out to the
computers audio in. My computer has RealTek software and hardware for audio.
It's important to start with clean, good LPs. I washed mine with mild,
cool dish water, rinsed a lot, and let them air dry while standing upright.
I'm not an audio engineer but what you want to do should be easy so feel
free to ask a bunch of questions.
Software, I have nothing as of yet but will try both the Audacity and
Total Recorder based on the recommendations here.
I have an older Technics direct drive turntable model SL-QD35. It's been
so long I can't remember how old this thing is.
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