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11-15-2007, 11:24 PM

I want to digitize my record collection.

So far, I know I need a record deck but I don;t know: -

1. What I should connect it to my desktop with
2. What good software I should use.

Would someone point me in a sensible direction please.


11-16-2007, 04:35 AM
I tried to do this once, and it was not as simple as I had hoped. A simple answer is to hook the audio cable (probably will use a cable with one end RCA Red/White plugs and the other end a 1/8 inch plug) into the Line-In of your computer. Then using Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/) you can record anything coming in (make sure to get the LAME MP3 encoder too). The only issue I had was that it was so soft I had to blast my speakers to hear it at a whisper. This is because of the signal strength, so we need to boost the signal somehow. So you can use a stereo system to preamp the signal.

http://www.teamcombooks.com/mp3handbook/10.htm This is a nice article that describes the various aspects in some detail but not too technical.

11-16-2007, 11:09 PM
Thank you. I shall read that tomorrow and try to get it done.


11-17-2007, 07:10 AM
At school today I looked at the turntable in the media lab, and it was connected with a phono preamp like these: