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Windows 7: Putting My Vinyl To CD

14 Jul 2010   #1
BrightBlessings

Win7 Pro-64 Bit
 
 
Putting My Vinyl To CD

I have a lot of old LP's that I would like to put onto CD's my question is could anyone advise what I will need to do so. I have done a bit of reading about this and am a bit confused.Will my onboard realtek sound be OK or do I need a sound card also can I use my existing turntable run through amplifier or will I need a usb turntable and what software would be best,paid or free it does'nt matter so long as I can get a decent recording and also what would be the best format to record to eg MP3 etc I have over 500 albums a lot of them irreplcable and I know it is going to be quite a chore to do this any suggestions,hints,tips will be greatly appreciated.
Thank You
Bright Blessings To All


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14 Jul 2010   #2
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Depending on your setup and software you have, you may already have the necessary software and programs to do it. If not, there are freeware programs that can help.

Go to this site & give it a read. It will also point you to some freeware for this task.

Converting Vinyl Records to CD

There may be a topic covering this in the tutorials section, but I'm not sure

Tutorials - Windows 7 Forums

MP3 is the most widely used format, you can choose the quality level, anywhere from 96 to 300+. The higher the quality, the bigger the file, but the better the sound.

Most CD burner programs convert on the fly (ie., drag the MP3 into the program and it automatically converts it to WAV format before burning).

Hope this helped you out some
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14 Jul 2010   #3
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Do you currently have a turntable? Or are you in the market for one?

I do a lot of audio recording from external sources and I personally would recommend getting an external sound card. I have had little to no success using the onboard audio for recording. But that's just my past experiences.

You can get an OK external card for about a hundred bucks, or you can go a bit more high end for about $200 - $300.
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14 Jul 2010   #4
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

I see you have an existing turntable... Sorry I missed that the first time around.

What I would suggest investing in is a brand new quality stylus for your turntable.

How does your current needle mount to your turntable? Do you mount it to a head shell? Does your head shell screw into the tone arm, or is it just one piece? I'd be able to give you some recommendations on needles for your budget.

In case you have no idea what I'm talking about.. I'm posting an image of a head shell.


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14 Jul 2010   #5
MK2

 
 

Hi,

First to try you could use your existing turntable and amplifier and soundcard to see
if you're happy with the quality.
Just connect a tulp/cinch to jack 3,5mm cable from a tape out on the amplifier to the line in on your soundcard.
If you're not happy with the quality you can always go for a better sound card or a usb turntable.
A great free program to record and edit is Audacity: Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder
As Borg 386 say's you can record in MP3 format, the higher the bitrate the better the quality, or to get even better quality you could record directly to Wav files.

MK2
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14 Jul 2010   #6
BrightBlessings

Win7 Pro-64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by electrotune1200 View Post
Do you currently have a turntable? Or are you in the market for one?

I do a lot of audio recording from external sources and I personally would recommend getting an external sound card. I have had little to no success using the onboard audio for recording. But that's just my past experiences.

You can get an OK external card for about a hundred bucks, or you can go a bit more high end for about $200 - $300.
Goodaye electrotune yes I have a turntable that runs through my amp and is not hooked up to the computer would a usb one be better? As I said I have done much reading about this but to much information has over loaded my brain box and what software is good for the job freeware or paid I don't care if I have to shell out for a good programme
Thanks for replying
Bright Blessings
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14 Jul 2010   #7
BrightBlessings

Win7 Pro-64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by electrotune1200 View Post
I see you have an existing turntable... Sorry I missed that the first time around.

What I would suggest investing in is a brand new quality stylus for your turntable.

How does your current needle mount to your turntable? Do you mount it to a head shell? Does your head shell screw into the tone arm, or is it just one piece? I'd be able to give you some recommendations on needles for your budget.

In case you have no idea what I'm talking about.. I'm posting an image of a head shell.
I have 8 new stylus got em when parts started to become scarce and I was terrified of not being able to listen to my babies
Turntable is a Bang and Olafsen
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14 Jul 2010   #8
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

G'day BrightBlessings!

You should hve everything you need.

Audacity is a freeware audio recording program and does the job quite well.

You have the new stylus's covered.

Try running from your amp to your onboard soundcard. Do a few test recordings and see if your happy with the quality.

Good luck and happy recording! If you have any more questions feel free to ask.
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14 Jul 2010   #9
BrightBlessings

Win7 Pro-64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by electrotune1200 View Post
G'day BrightBlessings!

You should hve everything you need.

Audacity is a freeware audio recording program and does the job quite well.

You have the new stylus's covered.

Try running from your amp to your onboard soundcard. Do a few test recordings and see if your happy with the quality.

Good luck and happy recording! If you have any more questions feel free to ask.
Thanks I am going to start tomorrow I've got a big job in front of me I love my vinyl they sound better than CD's but this way my LP's can remain safe.
And thanks to all who shared their knowledge on this thread.
Take Care
Bright Blessings To All
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14 Jul 2010   #10
steve-pressman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1
 
 

While not vinyl but cassette I have used the direct input on my on board sound card to record over 300 90 minute cassettes just connecting direct from my tape player to the input on the card. I have experienced no loss of quality at all and I would recommend this route as the way to go.

As a former DJ of 30 years experience I also have tons of Vinyl that I eventually want to put down on the PC, I have tried USB turntables in my local store on high end rigs and the quality was not good, most likely down to the cartridge and needle an awful lot of noise from them.

I see you are using a Bang & Olufsen turntable and have I assume quality needles for it, I would just plug it directly into your PC and see how you go from there. As for software I would go with what the other guys have said.


Steve
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