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  1. dougreed

    dougreed Guest

    Hi, I am not a computer or tech geek. I have over 1000 lp's and I need
    some help so I can listen to them on wma or mp3. My old Gateway micro
    tower has been just fine til now. I tried the Gateway 'Tech' site and
    guess what, no help :eek: . I need to know if I can put some type of
    card in the empty add-in slot in the back of this thing. All I need is
    a card with RCA input jacks that I can plug my stereo into and turn
    the analog signal into digital for wma or mp3 storage on a hard drive.
    I do not know what type of connectors ( if any ! ) are in the empty
    slot, I don't know what type of card I may need. I dont need any bells
    or whistles, just interface from analog to digital via RCA inputs. Yes
    I've seen the millions of ads for hardware/software programs that
    restore the sound, arrange the tunes, bring disco back to life,
    and...bla-bla-bla, I just need inputs and a processor to turn the
    analog signal to digital...is there such a simple plug-in 'sound' card
    device, and will it work in an old Gateway ???....thanks, Doug...
    PS I promise not to listen to any of my lp's on an Ipod :smirk:
     
  2. Guest

    Doesn't your computer have a sound card? That's nearly all the
    hardware you'll need. Magnetic phono cartridges (and that is the vast
    majority) require an RIAA preamp to boost the very low level and
    correct the frequency response. Most older (pre 1990) receiver/
    amplifiers had the phono preamp as standard equipment. To connect them
    you'd need an RCA to 1/8" stereo mini plug cable available at Radio
    Shack (and many other) stores. Software is another issue. I use Adobe
    Audition but that is expensive. It does a very good job with tick/pop
    reduction but I'm sure you'll get many suggestions for less expensive
    solutions.

    If the machine is so old it doesn't have the sound capabilities it
    might be lacking on other issues. Audio can easily go through
    gigabytes of storage even in MP3 or WMA formats. 128 kbit MP3 uses a
    gig for roughly every 16 hours of program. Uncompressed needs 11 times
    more. I've done audio work with a Pentium 166 but it was SLOW.

    GG
     
  3. Look on the back. Are there three 3.5 mm (1/8 inch) phone jacks in a line
    (often colored pink, green and blue)? If so all you need is a cable from the
    dollar store, 3.5 mm to two RCA jacks.

    http://www.covingtoninnovations.com/audio/digitizing/index.html will tell
    you all you need. The Nero version you pay for has a program called Nero
    Sound Trax which will input the sound, split it into tracks and let you
    tweak it. There are other programs which will do the same.
     
  4. This is a newsgroup about the repair of electronic equipment. It's
    not an audio newsgroup, and it's not a computer newsgroup.

    Find the proper place, and post there.

    Michael
     
  5. gonzo

    gonzo Guest

    You won't get a card with RCA jacks, sound cards usually have
    3.5MM stereo jacks. Leads to convert are easily available.
    You can use freeware Audacity to record, and you can probably
    use it to split the tracks. Audacity needs a separate MP3
    encoder.....see here
    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/windows
    Your old PC may struggle, however, and you will
    need plenty of disk space.
    http://www.pricelessware.org/thelist/med.htm
    Some audio progs which may be useful.
     
  6. Franc Zabkar

    Franc Zabkar Guest

    This should get you started.

    Transferring LPs to CDR: Some Advice
    http://www.delback.co.uk/lp-cdr.htm

    - Franc Zabkar
     
  7. One thing you'll need to know is whether your PC takes ISA cards or
    PCI cards, (in brief, the connectors on the motherboard are different).
    Which you have depends on how ancient your PC is. Your PC owner's
    manual will say, perhaps Gateway's web site will say. It's possible
    you've got some of each.

    ISA was used years ago; if you need an ISA sound card, look on Ebay.
    It would help if you'd post your operating system. Do you have USB
    ports? Look at > http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/imic/
    or an 'all in one' for usb at > http://www.hammacher.com/publish/73363.asp


    And you'll need to use the Tape Out or earphone jack of your stereo
    amplifier or receiver as the input source to the computer; you can't
    plug in the turntable directly.
     
  8. And have you thought about the time involved? Assume each LP is 48
    minutes x 1000 LPS = 48,000 minutes or 800 hours, flipping sides every
    24 minutes. My suggestion is to borrow as many CDs from your local
    public library that overlap your LP collection; creating an MP3 from a
    CD only takes a few minutes per CD. Then buy used CDs from Ebay or
    Amazon and only then convert your LPs. For your LPs you'll have to
    enter album info, artists, track info, etc. manually. For most CD's,
    it's an automatic process.
     
  9. AZ Nomad

    AZ Nomad Guest

    ISA? Are you joking? ISA has been obsolete for thirteen years and vanished
    for good seven years ago.
     
  10. Guest

    Many people still have ISA machines. The oldest machine here is a 486,
    and still doing its (limited) job quite happily.


    NT
     
  11. budgie

    budgie Guest

    Not quite seven years. I have Gigabyte P3 mobo here with ISA slots that is
    2001.
     
  12. Gary Tait

    Gary Tait Guest

    But at least it is your records.
    A copyright violation in some places, since you don't own that CD. The
    fact you may have a copy on another format is irrelavent.
    You can do that, as long as you retain posession of the CDs.
    If you are ingenious, you may find some semi-automatic way to name the
    tracks.
     
  13. Cut & paste?
     
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