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vinyl to mp3

Discussion in 'Home Cinema & Hi-Fi' started by mattux, 28 Jul 2006.

  1. mattux

    Gangster

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

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    Location: herts

    hi there

    i have a load of 80s/90s house records that i would like to get onto my pc as mp3 files.
    i have a turntable/mixer and an audigy1 sound card
    would it be ok to have the mixer output go into the mic input on audigy? im concerened as to how good the quality will be.
    is there any software i could use to improve the quality

    cheers

    matt
     
  2. Dr.EM

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    Connect to the line input (blue usually) not the mic input and it might be ok. I expect the mixer has the RIAA compensation built in, use it's master outputs and just set the levels accordingly. It will sound the same as it did when played really. Some software can remove crackles etc should you desire.
     
  3. Charlie Bravo

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    I always leave the crackles in..... you can't beat the sound/atmosphere vinyl gives you :cool:
     
  4. Energize

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    Audigy cards arent great for recording, make sure your using digital connections.
     
  5. mattux

    Gangster

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    im not sure if my mixer has a digital out.
    if not, should i get some sort of converter or something? phono to digital or is there no such thing?

    i didnt take into account the recording, could i use wmp or winamp?

    thanks for the input everyone

    matt
     
  6. Energize

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    The output really has to be digital iirc, analogue recording can degrade the audio. I'd be suprised if the phono output wasn't digital.
     
    Last edited: 29 Jul 2006
  7. Charlie Bravo

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    I use Audacity.
     
  8. tom_nieto

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    Erm, vinyl = analogue. If the mixer has an ADC then it'll make the process a bit easier, but in actual fact analogue recording won't sound too bad if you filter out the crackles.
     
  9. Mel_P

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 27 Feb 2004

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    I found recording via the soundcard was rubbish.

    I bought a USB - audio converter (now defunct Roland UA30) but overclockers or others may supply similar.

    This has phono / digital in and out. Very good quality dac
     
  10. SexyGreyFox

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    Joined: 29 Mar 2003

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    Location: Stoke on Trent

    I've transferred well over 600 vinyl albums over the years using AWE 32's, Soundblaster Live's and Audigy's and the results are excellent.
    The only problem is getting the signal up to a good level because going stright off a record deck is a bit low. If you're coming off your turntable which is then going through your hifi amp then no problem but keep the master volume down to number 2 and gradually bring it up without a distortion being present.
    I use Soundforge to transfer my vinyl because its an absolute doddle to seperate the tracks and also clean the clicks up etc. I then put it through the normalise function.
    Anybody who says the Audigy analogue inputs are crap for capturing vinyl are talking through their bum.
     
  11. Dr.EM

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    Yes, the inputs and integrated ADC's on the Audigy cards arn't bad. It's not like if the mixer had an internal ADC it would certainly be better. It could be, but it's not some kind of definate.

    Just connect from the mixer analogue outs to the Audigy line in's and set up to record. I have a mixer connected to my Audigy 2's input all the time and I have set it up so the level displayed by the mixer's LED bargraph corresponds to the record level. If your mixer has a bargraph, or even just a clipping indicator, just set it up accurately once and you should be able to make good level recordings from there on.