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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by The Raven, Jan 23, 2004.

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  1. The Raven

    The Raven Guest

    Hi folks;
    Can any one tell me how to wire my computer to my record
    player and record quite a few LP's to CD.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Peter
    Australia
     
  2. OPtus News

    OPtus News Guest

    yep.....just plug it into your soundcard input
     
  3. Only if the soundcard has a phono input, which it probably hasn't, in
    which case you need a phono preamp. That may be included in your HiFi set.
     
  4. Tweetldee

    Tweetldee Guest


    Nope, that won't work.
    Reasons are that the sound card has line-level inputs and possibly a
    microphone input.. The line-level inputs expect signal levels in the
    neighborhood of a few tenths of a volt to over a volt. Phono cartridge
    outputs are in the millivolt region. The phono output also needs RIAA
    equalization to restore a level frequency response to the signal. The mike
    input might be able to accept the phono cartridge signal level, but offers
    no equalization, so your records would sound very bad.
    The solution is to interface the phono cartridge to the sound card by
    (1) a phono preamp suitable for your cartridge. Plug the phono cartridge
    into the preamp inputs, then patch the preamp outputs into the Line In of
    your sound card.
    (2) through your stereo system. Plug the phono cartridge into the phono
    inputs of your stereo amp, then patch the Record Out from your stereo amp
    into the Line In of your sound card.
    Cheers!
    --
    Tweetldee
    dgmason44 at comcast dot net (Just subsitute the appropriate characters in
    the address)

    Never take a laxative and a sleeping pill at the same time!!
     
  5. The Raven

    The Raven Guest

    Great do i need any particular software ??

    Peter
     
  6. Tweetldee

    Tweetldee Guest

    Yep.. good software here is a must. I use Wave Corrector from Ganymede in
    the UK http://www.wavecor.co.uk. It's probably the lowest cost software
    package for this purpose, and it works very well. It records your vinyl
    tracks as .WAV files, then allows you to process them to eliminate clicks,
    pops, tailor the volume level, equalization, etc. It allows you to record
    an entire album side, then separate the tracks into individual files before
    burning to CD.
    It's my recommendation, but naturally, there will be a half dozen or so
    other recommendations for the best software to use. I like this package
    because it does a fantastic job on the audio, it has lots of features, it's
    cheap.
    Cheers!!!!
    --
    Tweetldee
    dgmason44 at comcast dot net (Just subsitute the appropriate characters in
    the address)

    Never take a laxative and a sleeping pill at the same time!!
     
  7. The Raven

    The Raven Guest

    Thanx mate for your help much appreciate

    Peter
     
  8. You ask in newsgroup that's related to audio. This has nothing
    to do with the design of electronic equipment. Or, you do a search
    on the web, and find pages about the topic you seek.

    Michael
     
  9. YD

    YD Guest

    Try the tape or aux output from the set into the soundcard's aux
    input. The record player all by itself won't have enough signal to
    make an impression and needs equalization anyway. If no set rustle up
    a phono preamp from somewheres, a good starting point for schems is
    www.epanorama.net.

    - YD.
     
  10. YD

    YD Guest

    Also take a look at http://www.hitsquad.com, there's a lot of
    audioware, both freeware and shareware licenses. Grab a few and see
    which you like. http://www.nonags.com has lots of freeware but may be
    a bit iffier in this genre. http://www.sourceforge.net may have
    something too but at your own risk as practically all is in beta.

    Sorry, can't recommend any specific app at the moment.

    - YD.
     
  11. Mac

    Mac Guest


    I'm not familiar with this product. Does it work directly off of your
    phonograph, or do you need to have a pre-amp or receiver in the loop
    somewhere? The signal coming from a phonograph is low voltage, high
    impedance, and needs to be corrected, tone wise, before you can listen to
    it. Normally you use a phono pre-amp for this. I guess I would be mildly
    surprised to hear that a typical A to D card has a high enough input
    impedance and low enough noise figure to do a good job of this.

    Regards,
    Mac
     
  12. Yes. You can use Sound Forge, Adobe Audition, or several other audio
    recorder software packages. You will want to convert to MP3. If you
    hesitate purchasing a program there is a site called www.e-lunatic.org
    where they have several audio recording software packages as well as
    others for trial use. Of course some of their offerings are cracked so
    make sure that you obey all anti-piracy laws and purchase the software
    after you give it a good whirl. I would use a quality sound card like
    the Turtle Beach which are a bargain for the quality they offer.
     
  13. GPG

    GPG Guest

    As noted you will need to use line level output from stereo to sound
    card.
    And try this: http://www.coyotes.bc.ca/DL_GM.html
    If you wire both the inputs and outputs you can play music on the comp
    through stereo.
     
  14. Do you find, though, that using this signal processing feature to
    eliminate the pops and crackles kills the top-end/ treble of the
    recording?
     
  15. Tweetldee

    Tweetldee Guest

    No, the high frequench response is not affected by the software unless you
    tailor the equalization to that end. The clicks and pops are detected and
    removed by looking at small time slices of the waveform, and at the Dv/Dt of
    each slice. Pops and clicks are usually very fast rise pulses, and can be
    detected and removed apart from the overal frequency response of the signal.
    The software also has filters for hiss removal (useful in handling tape
    recordings... this filter does affect high freq response), hum removal, and
    even has a noise profile that can be applied if the source hardware is
    noisy.
     
  16. Dan

    Dan Guest

    If you would have followed YD's advice and dug around at epanorama.net you
    would have found http://www.delback.co.uk/lp-cdr.htm which will tell you
    everything you need to know and more. Trust me.

    Dan
     
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