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Windows 7: Can I play live Vinyl in Windows Media Centre

13 Sep 2014   #1
Karri

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Can I play live Vinyl in Windows Media Centre

Hi all
I am recording all my LP's to Wav and MP3 files. I have my Audio Technica Turntable plugged into my Line in of my Win 7 64 bit PC. Is there a way that I can play my LP's through Windows Media Centre, using my Xbox 360 as an extender, while I am recording these albums? Also when in Win Media Centre some of my album songs are placed into other folders. I have reset WMP and WMC and deleted the libraries twice and removed both WMC and WMP and reinstalled them. But these same albums still get corrupted. Each album that I record is a folder and each folder holds all the songs in the track order of the LP. The files are correct in WMP but not in WMC. HELP!!! Thanks


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13 Sep 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Are you absolutely committed and locked into Windows Media Center as part of your idea to get your vinyl into WAV or MP3 format on your PC?

Why is Xbox necessary?

I use Audacity.

I'd just record each side of the LP as a single WAV file in Audacity.

Then I'd do whatever editing I needed, while still in WAV format. Such as cutting the WAV file into individual songs, removing ticks and pops, trimming off silence at the beginning and end of songs, etc.

Don't go to MP3 until the editing is completely done and you are satisfied with the sound quality.
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13 Sep 2014   #3
Karri

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for your reply
I am using Audacity as my recorder. My PC is downstairs and my stereo system is upstairs. I would like to use my Xbox through Windows Media Centre to listen to my albums as I am recording them. I think its like live streaming music. You know recording albums is a long process and I've got another 1500 or so to go. I don't want to be stuck in the basement while the sun is shining. So I would love to listen to them upstairs as I'm doing something else.
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13 Sep 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Karri View Post
Thanks for your reply
I am using Audacity as my recorder. My PC is downstairs and my stereo system is upstairs. I would like to use my Xbox through Windows Media Centre to listen to my albums as I am recording them.............You know recording albums is a long process and I've got another 1500 or so to go. I don't want to be stuck in the basement while the sun is shining.
OK. I didn't fully realize what your setup was.

Offhand.....you're going to be downstairs every 15 or 20 minutes anyway to manage the turntable and flip the disc over. I've never even started Windows Media Center and wouldn't know an Xbox from a cumquat. I guess you have to decide how important it is to you to be able to listen upstairs as you record. I'd have little interest in fighting that, but maybe it's a quick fix. I dunno.

Like you, I have thousands of LPs, 45s, and 78s and once faced the same situation you are looking at.

I came to the conclusion that it was more efficient for me to re-acquire the songs in digital format, rather than record my own LPs. I re-acquired song by song, NOT LP by LP. So I did not bother looking for those songs on an LP that I did not particularly like. I ended up with my favorite 25,000 songs on mp3s, but none of it it "album" form. I had over 60,000 songs on vinyl and shellac, so over half of it I didn't re-acquire---mostly those songs on an LP that you don't much care for. Or the flip side of a 45 that did not appeal.

I do have some very rare things that have never been reissued and can't be found or re-purchased. I did transfer that stuff as you are doing, but that amounted to no more than 1% of my collection. I just could not face the prospect and tedium of manually recording thousands of LPs and then editing them properly. But it's up to you to evaluate the trade-offs involved.

If you have thousands of LPs, you are obviously a music lover to some degree, so I have to recommend the following app:

ClickRepair

It's a click and pop remover developed by Brian Davies, a retired Australian mathematician. It works ONLY on WAV files, but does an exceptional job. Quick, with a great interface and excellent manual. You can use its presets or use your own settings. It can batch process dozens of WAV files in one pass. Typically takes less than 1 minute per song. Maybe as little as 5 seconds if the song has few defects.

I often convert an MP3 to WAV so I can use ClickRepair on the song. Then convert back to MP3.

Free 30 day trial. $40 if you eventually buy it. You can Google it online. It's a download from his site.

As you may have found, Audacity has click and pop repair functions built-in, but it's much more time consuming than the Davies app. I used to spend as much as a half hour manually editing out clicks and pops from a single song with Audacity, but now just run it through ClickRepair in under a minute.

He also has another app aimed at noise reduction (primarily hiss type noise, rather than clicks and pops). I didn't buy it as I found that Audacity's noise filter works about as well.

Good luck on whatever path you choose. I don't envy you with a stack of 1500 LPs.
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13 Sep 2014   #5
Karri

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks again
Unfortunately the downloaded material will never sound as good as a wav file. You know you are taking an average album of 1.5 gbs down to approximately 35 mbs so how much are you losing. Plus the downloaded stuff could be clipped etc. I'm sorry but I have downloaded many a song and it will never sound as good as my wav files. But thats another thread. Must be my older age talking or thinking. Anyways if it takes me 10 years to record my music, at least at the end, I don't have to spin LP's and pick up the needle to move to the next song.
As for my other problem it seems that the files got cross linked because they all had the same album name. They were all called Live. I'll go back and retitle the alums and see if my theory is correct. I have 2 PC's and they both did the same thing.
I am also using Click Repair and Noise reduction. I have not used Audacity noise reduction. Maybe I'll try that before buying the noise reduction software.
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13 Sep 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Audacity's noise removal filter works pretty well.

You grab a small section of noise with the mouse and sample it by poking "get noise profile". You then go to the Edit menu and choose select all. Then go back to the noise removal window and poke "OK" at the bottom.

You only need to grab a VERY small section of noise--even just 1/10 of a second will work.

The noise removal window has 4 sliders. I used to read the Audacity forum regularly and the consensus there was that the bottom 3 had little to no effect. I leave them at defaults. I normally use 12 for the top slider. Not sure what the default is, maybe 18? You can play with it. If you get the top slider too high, there are obvious audible effects, so it's a trade-off. Ultimately, I couldn't tell the difference between it and the Davies app.

Have fun.
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14 Sep 2014   #7
Karri

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the info.

As for my other problem, which I worked on this morning, it's also solved. I guess WMC can't decipher between same album names and puts them all together. Since all the albums were called Live it just put all the songs into each folder. Oh well I'll have to remember that for next time. Thanks again for the input.
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