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 Best Way To Convert Vinyl Records 
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Post Best Way To Convert Vinyl Records
If you still have vinyl and want to transfer them to the digital world, I think the best way would be to have a good turn table, a good receiver, mixer, or preamp, and have a good sound card installed in your computer.

You can record the audio onto your computer while the album is being played on your turntable by simply attaching an audio out line on your receiver to the audio in line on your computer. In essence you are using a computer as a tape recorder.

A gaming PC will usually have an upgraded sound card so it would be a good computer to use for recording. Your teenager will want to know why the file transfer speed has to be real time!

I have not done this, so I might have it all wrong. I’m sure CG or WL can clear this up.

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Post Re: Best Way To Convert Vinyl Records
Good info LTS. Some additional info for this and the other post addressing formats:

Conversion
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.

Formats
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 :) ).

Links
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/

Note
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.
Have fun!!

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Post Re: Best Way To Convert Vinyl Records
Wow, thanks guys for the waneeducation!

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