#1 Posted on 16.7.02 1516.15 Reposted on: 16.7.09 1521.44
Here's what I hope will be a relatively simple question for someone out there. I recently had to compile a list of all of our music for our homeowner's policy and I realized that I have an awful lot of albums and 45's that I haven't listened to in quite some time because I don't have a place to set up the stereo in the new house until I get the basement finished. So, does anyone have a suggestion, either software or hardware, on migrating albums to a digital format so I can listen to them either on the computer or in the vehicle? I've looked into some of the commercial services that will make cd's from your vinyl but the cost there is prohibitive given that we are currently talking about several hundred albums and 45's that I want digitally as well as the 4500 more that I will be picking up the next time I visit the in-laws. Obviously, given those numbers, it is also cost prohibitive to just purchase everything even if I was willing to assume that everything I have and want is available in cd format. Thanks in advance for your help.
PS. I'm now even more in awe of CRZ given the size of his collection since it took me more hours than I care to think about to create my list and I have even more hours ahead of me when I pick up the next batch.
PPS. If it matters, I'm running a P3 800 with 384 MB of Ram, a 40 GB hard drive, a generic 4x CDRW, and am not averse to spending some money, defined as a couple hundred bucks, in order to get my albums digitized.
#2 Posted on 16.7.02 2014.05 Reposted on: 16.7.09 2015.16
If you have a turntable and a receiver with a stereo aux output ("tape out") that you can set up near your computer, and your computer sound card has a stereo input of some sort, you're probably good to go. Easy CD Creator, Nero, or even MusicMatch can record from the input to whatever format you prefer. I'd suggest just playing around a bit with what you have. You might be surprised.
#3 Posted on 16.7.02 2311.02 Reposted on: 16.7.09 2311.06
Basically, what Mr. Heel II said. I suppose you may be able to record right from the turntable, if it has RCA jacks and you have an RCA -> 1/8" phono adapter. However, I'd suggest using a WAV editing program like Cool Edit. I used it to record live performances off TV, partially because I was making MP3's, and partially because I was putting together mix CD's. I'm guessing you want more than two or three songs on a CD, so you'll probably put a bunch of those 45's on a mix CD. It might be a long and boring process (about 5-10 minutes for a four minute song), but it's free and really easy. And looking at your comp, it should be much faster... I have an AMD K6/2-450 (Pentium II equivalent) with 192 MB RAM, 13 GB hard drive, and... well, a Plextor 12x10x32 CD-RW. But the first three components are what make the big difference.
#4 Posted on 17.7.02 0837.05 Reposted on: 17.7.09 0839.33
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll give it a shot later on this week and see how it goes. Of course, the first step in this program is convincing the wife that I really need to set up the old Denon AV3000 and the turntable in our bedroom in order to record music that she doesn't like. Hmm, could be interesting.
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