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Information ( info ) on copying vinyl music to CD

Info on how to copy/burn music

The alternative information further down (though still valid) has now been superceded with the introduction of Record Players that plug directly into the USB of your computer. I have just purchased one at a cost of $75.00 !!

The record player is made by fission with two speeds. It plugs via USB to computer and requires an amplifier to actually be able to listen to the records. Software (provided) then allows for direct recording of the record whilst playing, to your Computer, and has simple stop start record etc functions. It also allows for editing and for single tracking separation after the media has been copied. It really could not be any simpler, and I now use this system for all my records. Obviously I still use the system below for copying other media such as cassettes etc.

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Tape player or record player is connected to an Amplifier,(Any amp can be used and will do to copy)

Then, using optical cable, (not necessary, you could use coaxial cable, but optical does give you a better sound quality, as it has more bandwidth, and is less prone to electrical interference) connected to a sound box, a creative “audigy 2ZX Platinum Pro” where a lot of the (24 bit) processing is done.

This is connected through on to a Creative soundcard in the computer. When you buy a sound card, make sure it is 24 bit and has a good signal to noise ratio. Mine is 24 bit, 192 kHz and 108db SNR. The SN Ratio is more than what you need for recording LPs, but the higher it is, the less you loose or introduce. Another nice feature of the 2ZX is the fact that it comes with a remote control, so when you lower the stylus on the LP you can start the program at the same time, which is useful for me, because the turn tables and the console and the computer are a good distance apart from each other to avoid electrical interference.

I then use the Creative WaveStudio program to record it, but other programs such as “Sound Forge” from Sony are highly recommended. Apparently the Sony program is better, but the creative WaveStudio came with my sound card and seemed to do the job adequately. It also came with programs like the graphic equalizer and the AEX console and others, which makes the whole lot integrated and allows you to do some cleaning up, adjusting left and right channels etc. This type of program allows you to amplify the analogue signal digitally, which you need because of the low output of the turn table cartridge (I use the Shure M97xE Audiophile because the output works for me (4.0 mV) and it has a good frequency response (20-22,000 Hz) or an old Stanton 881s (I think). I use the external sound card, because of less interference from all the electrical in the computer and it did have the optical connection. It physically sits between the computer and the sound equipment, so it does not pickup any of the interference from either end.

I then run through some “cleaning up” software, (such as Steinberg Media Technologies – WaveLab) to get rid of wow and flutter or the rumble from the turn table (but if you have a good quality turn table that should not be necessary) and the usual ticks, clicks and hiss, but that is rather time consuming and, as long as you have recorded it, you can always do that at a later stage. The main thing is to get a good, exact copy of your records, without loosing anything, because once it is gone, you can never get it back, and without introducing other noises, which may be difficult or at least very time consuming to get rid of later.

You then need to reduce or compress the size of the file because otherwise you end up with each track taking up a full CD. At that stage it is all about the quality you want.

Finally I use Cyberlink PowerProducer to copy / burn it to the CD / DVD, but programs like Nero 6 and others should do as well.

These are the components and programs I use, because they work for me, but I am sure there are others, that do the job just as good, cost less and take up far less space.

The info (above) was provided by a friend to help me set up my system to copy records

As he states, "there are others, that do the job just as good, cost less and take up far less space." To find info on more efficient music copy / burn methods, I am finding it is usually reached through trial and error, reading articles and obtaining information from sources such as the internet on vinyl /records / LPs and tapes to copy (as a search criteria).

If anyone has other info, ideas or record copy / burn techniques. Please let me know. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT ME

How many of you have music memorabilia or records stored in your loft, spare room or garage? Do you even own a record player now! Vinyl is still very much in demand and even some tapes (as they can be copied), so why not either contact me to sell here or we may even be able to strike a deal as I am always looking for more stock.