Re: Best Way To Convert Vinyl Records
Good info LTS. Some additional info for this and the other post addressing formats:
The preference would be to use "line out" for a truer sound versus the headphone jack which is influenced by volume and bass/treble controls and can produce less than desirable results.
When running from the "line out" to the typical computer sound card which uses a 1/8" plug, it is critical that you get a stereo (mini) plug which will have 2 rings at the end. Recording in mono (single ring) will not separate the channels correct and can produce less than desirable results.
My method is to go from vinyl to wav (lossless) for the archive and then from wav to 320 mp3 for portability. Many thoughts and opinions on this and the best thing to do is read a little on the different formats and play around to see what works best for you. A lot of it has to do with the quality of your "playing" equipment - meaning can it reproduce the highs and lows that are buried in the music (high end audiophile equipment) and will you be able to actually hear it (old age - hearing loss
This article gives some insight to the different formats - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_file_format
and this explains a little more and has some discussion/opinions on what is best http://www.obsessable.com/feature/mp3-v ... ts-primer/
There is different software out there that will assist on the conversion. Some will remove hiss and pops while others won't. Even if you like to to hear hiss and pops from the vinyl, my advice, if you are going to invest $'s, is to get software that will remove noise. You have the option with the software to use or not use the feature and there are likely some albums in your collection with excess noise which can be annoying after the first few plays. There is probably free software out there - you'll need to google and research.
Experiment with different settings. Don't record an entire album initially but instead do one or two songs and see what you have. Tweak the software/compression rates and then burn the song(s) to a cd and play it in the house and/or car to see if it sounds good. Playing it on your computer will not
produce the same results as sitting in your car with the window rolled up and engulfed in the tune.
Use goolge for help as needed. There is a wealth of information available for lp conversion.