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Vinyl to CD

From: POJ, a guy who's done literally 100's of records
69.153.55.92 ::: 05-09-06 ::: 10:52:00
(he did 27 Nat King Cole LP's for his mom, she cried and everything! - PPX)

In order to rip vinyl to CD you first have to convert your LP to a wave file. In order to get the wave into your PC, you have to have some sort of a phono preamp. Tape players don't require this because they have enough volume in their output. The output level from a turntable is too low for your PC soundcard to pickup an audible music file. There are many Record Player Interfaces that seem to work well. In order to get one that works pretty well, you need to spend about a hundred dollars. (Terratec makes a pretty good one.) Once you get the wave file into your PC, you then need some type of noise reduction software. There's a lot of software that does this. Some are stand alone, and some are plug-ins. I have used every one of them, and in my estimation the best is the Sonic Foundry, or Sony Noise Reduction Plug-in. Tapes have mostly "hiss" that has to be removed, while LP's have "pops". Both have a low end hum that I think Sonic Foundry does a better job of removing. The better the condition of the LP, the less work you'll have to do. For instance, an LP in new condition, can usually be cleaned with one pass, using one of the presets. If the condition is poor, then you may have to manually remove the pops, which can be very time consuming. One good tip is to slightly weight your tone arm a little heavier then you may normally do. This will eliminate any skips you might experience from an older more worn record. This won't hurt the record, and quite frankly you'll probably never play it again. Hope I've been some help. One more thing, be SURE and ground your computer case!

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