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Vinyl to MP3 conversion

chb

Vinyl to MP3 conversion
November 20, 2008, 06:14:58 PM
Can you guys tell me how to make good quality MP3s out of my LPs easily?

In return, I'll upload stuff from my collection. It's mostly Renaissance/Baroque music. I'm sure you'll like it.

Re: Vinyl to MP3 conversion
November 20, 2008, 06:24:58 PM
Yeah.

1. Get a Y-cable (one end RCA, the other end 1/8" plug)
2. Plug 1/8" plug into your computer's audio IN port; connect the two RCAs to your turntable's OUT ports.
3. Get sound recording software. Here's a free one:
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
4. Play a sample disk and adjust your line volume (click on audio icon in system tray in Windows, no idea if you're using a Nonheterosexualintosh).
5. When you have these set right, File -> New -- set to 44 mhz / 16 bit -- and record, then save.
6. You can divide tracks out by copying each track and pasting into a new file.

Should be easy. I have done it using this method.

Here's a good tutorial for audacity:

http://www.newsome.org/2006/09/how-to-convert-lps-to-mp3s.shtml

This guy claims you need to use an amplifier instead of running directly from the turntable:

http://www.cyberwalker.com/article/207


Re: Vinyl to MP3 conversion
November 20, 2008, 08:14:42 PM
Yeah usually the sound level on turntables isn't too high so a preamp is needed. Another option is to get a phono-preamp/usb-interface that will amplify the signal and allow you to record it into your computer through usb. There's also turntables made with built in usb-interfaces like the Numark TT-USB. As for software, Audacity (which ASBO mentioned) will work great for doing this. But if you just want to go straight into your soundcard and don't want to buy a preamp, use the amplifier from your stereo system (assuming that if you have a turntable, you'd also have a receiver unit and speakers).