How to convert vinyl analog to digital

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July 9, 2015 at 11:57:51
Specs: Windows 8.1, AMD A8/4 Gb
I just received some vinyl 33 1/3 rpm records that I would like to convert to digital so I can play them on my car's CD player. I googled "convert vinyl analog to digital" and most of the hits used Audacity but that software seems too difficult for me to use. Any suggestions?

Thank you.
Brian W


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#1
July 9, 2015 at 12:15:08

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#2
July 9, 2015 at 12:56:43
You've been given one way but there are others:

If you can get hold of an old domestic CD Writer (becoming a bit rare now) you can plug your stereo output into it and record onto disc that way.

Or, if your record deck includes a pre-amp (most do these days) then you could plug it into your computer audio input then use a freebie program to record it to files. As you already have Win 8.1 you could even use the inbuilt Windows Sound Recorder because unlike earlier versions it is not limited to 60 seconds at a time. Sound recorder is just one mouse click to start and stop recording. Just watch you don't overload your computer input though.

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#3
July 9, 2015 at 19:49:04
Is the music something obscure that's not already on CD? Depending on how many albums you have it may be better to just buy the CDs. Also, do you even have a turntable to record them from? Many people don't anymore.

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#4
July 10, 2015 at 06:24:02
Beachyhbt,

Thank you for your suggestion; the articles were very useful.

Brian W


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#5
July 10, 2015 at 06:24:55
Derek,

Thank you for your suggestion. I am going to buy the necessary cables and give it a try.

Brian W


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#6
July 10, 2015 at 06:26:23
Daveincaps,

Thank you for your suggestion. I have a working turntable, amp, tuner, speakers, etc. so I am going to give it a try.

Brian W


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#7
July 13, 2015 at 11:42:34
Derek,

I need your advice as to the cabling. My computer has a 3.5 mm microphone jack which I think I can use as the input but I do not know what to use on the stereo side. The tuner has a headphones jack. I was thinking about connecing the headphones jack on the tuner to the microphone jack on the computer. Does this seem correct to you?

Thank you.
Brian W

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#8
July 13, 2015 at 14:30:49
I'm not clear about what domestic kit you have but using the microphone jack as input to the computer is a possibility. What you are trying to do initially is to hook up the record deck to the laptop so that it will play through it. You then record onto the laptop as files, using either Windows Sound Record or some slightly more ambitious program.

This might help:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora...

The final step is to produce audio CD's on the laptop from the recorded files. You don't have to use Audacity. There are simpler free programs that can produce audio CD's from files.

I've assumed that your domestic equipment does not include a CD burner.

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#9
July 13, 2015 at 15:20:52
Derek,

Thank you for your response. I'll get a cable that has a male phone jack on one end and a male 3.55 mm on the other. If that does not work, I will get a turntable made for digitizing vinyl analog to digital.

Thanks again,
Brian W


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#10
July 17, 2015 at 15:17:08
Derek,

Windows Sound Record proeduces WAV files. Is it necessary to convert these files to mp3 to use on iphone and car cd player?

Thank you.
Brian W


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#11
July 17, 2015 at 16:20:55
Best use another recorder because mp3's are more universal and smaller.

This one is very simple to use and free (HarddiskOgg 2.52 at the top):
http://www.fridgesoft.de/downloads.php

This is a stand alone program in a zip file - no install as such. You just make a folder for it somewhere then unzip all the files into it - just copy them over. Make a shortcut to Harddisk.exe (the exe bit might be hidden).

Now, although it should work fine from the shortcut I think they have their wires crossed about mp3 playing. I have this program running on Win 8.1 but had to copy the "LAME encoder file" off my XP - they are not allowed to include it. Try the program and if, as I suspect, you can't find the mp3 option in the "Output format" then shout back. I'll put a small file on a website which you just copy in with the rest and then it will work.

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#12
July 18, 2015 at 20:08:58
Just my two cents. If you have an auxiliary out or record out on your reciever, it would be better to use that. For one, the output will remain constant and not change volume when you turn the volume up and down as it would using the headphone output. The signal will in theory be cleaner as its coming straight from the preamp stage and not having to go through a headphone amplifier circuit.

Also, if you want to burn CD's, save the format as a 16 bit 44.1KHz wave file. Then burn those to the CD. MP3's are a lossy format, wave files are not. it would best to burn the disc using the wave files, then once your done burning you can convert the wave files to MP3 format to use on your player.


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#13
July 23, 2015 at 11:28:13
Derek,

I tried the headphones to microphone approach using Windows Sound Recorder and it did not work; all I got was garbled noise. On the back of the tuner, there are two RCA jacks for Line-Out to a tape recorder. Do you think that that would work connected to the microphone jack on the computer?

Thank you.
Brian W


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#14
July 23, 2015 at 12:01:32
I'm having a job to imagine quite what you are doing and the details of your domestic equipment. However, the first thing you have to achieve is getting the sound from your record deck to come out of your computer. It needs to sound reasonably decent, subject to the limitations of laptop speakers. Leave the "recording" part until later. Once you can hear the sound it should then be easy to sort out.

The tape recorder output has possibilities I guess, provided you can work out the necessary switching.

Maybe a camera picture of your domestic equipment connections would help, or a website link to a manual if you can find one.

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#15
July 23, 2015 at 16:17:05
Derek,

I have a photo of the cable connections but do not know how to upload to this site.
Please advise.

Thank you.
Brian W


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#16
July 23, 2015 at 17:17:32
You could upload it to this website:
http://www.zippyshare.com/
No account necessary. They give you an address (URL) which you paste on here so that we can go to the file.

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#17
July 23, 2015 at 17:57:06
tHX 1138,

Thank you for your suggestions.

BrianW


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#18
July 23, 2015 at 17:59:41
Derek,

I uploaded the cable connections photo to http:www49.zippyshare.com/v/B1L20dw2/file.html

Thank you.
Brian W


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#19
July 24, 2015 at 04:39:13
Thanks but it's not quite clear enough. Can you do a close up of the bottom left quarter?

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#20
July 24, 2015 at 05:30:08
Derek,

I will have access to a scanner tomorrow and will scan the cable connections page. Do I use www.zippyshare.com to send it to you or is there a way I can add an pdf attachment to my reply?

Thank you.
Brian W


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#21
July 24, 2015 at 09:25:54
There are no attachment facilities on here. Just use zippyshare and give me the URL as before.

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#22
July 25, 2015 at 06:52:37
Derek,

I uploaded the cable connection scan to
www.100zippyshare.com/v/dycsPp5t/file.html

Thank you.
Brian W


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#23
July 25, 2015 at 09:23:29
Link didn't work - does it work for you?

By the way:
If you post the complete link (starting http://) I should be able to just click it on here.

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#24
July 25, 2015 at 09:43:38
Derek,

Sorry for any inconvenience. Please try this link:
http://www12.zippyshare.com/v/R7tNX...

I tried it and it worked correctly.

Thank you.
Brian W


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#25
July 25, 2015 at 12:21:47
It looks as if the easiest option is the top two RCA sockets (below where it says R and L). You would need an adapter or special lead so that you can connect that to the microphone socket on your computer.

Another possibility is to use the Phono plugs from the record deck with a suitable adapter. However this will only work if the pre-amplifier is "within the record deck". One way to tell is to connect headphones to the record deck output. If you can hear the signal when a record is playing then you should be fine. If there isn't a pre-amplifier the volume level from the deck will be way too low for recording.

Try each possibility. See if you can hear a record playing through your computer. You might have to make some settings in the taskbar volume control "recording devices".

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#26
July 27, 2015 at 04:39:46
Derek,

Thank you for your assistance. I will try to get the needed cable and I will get back to you with the results.

Brian W


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#27
August 1, 2015 at 07:03:26
Derek,

The cabling that you suggested worked correctly. I was able to record from the turntable to the computer with acceptable quality.

Can you recommend a free CD burner for my next step?

Thank you.
Brian W


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#28
August 1, 2015 at 07:51:11
That's good, just watch record levels. Too low and you get quiet files and too high can cause overload on the loud bits.

If you have no inbuilt disk burning feature then this free one is small and simple:
https://cdburnerxp.se/en/home
Don't worry about XP in the title - it's just fine on later operating systems. It also burns DVD's.

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#29
August 5, 2015 at 18:11:59
Derek,

Thank you for your assistance. Everything worked as I had wanted.

Brian W


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#30
August 5, 2015 at 18:32:00
That's good, thanks for letting us know.

If you can somehow work out a Best Answer it might help others.

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