Importing music from Turntable?

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  1. quigs macrumors newbie

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    Apologies if this has been covered recently.

    How do I Import Music from my old records via Itunes or other app?

    I have the turntable and a converter that allows me to plug the RCA plugs into my emacs mike input?
    Also if I wanted to do this on my ibook what input would I use?

    Does Itunes import in this way or do I need another app?

    Thanks In advance

    Quigs
     
  2. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    You need a program to capture/edit the music. I use Bias Peak. It has a free trial. Audacity is supposed to be good as well, and I believe it's free. I've used SoundStudio but didn't like it. After you record your music (more later) you can cut out gaps (like when you flip the record) and take out pops, etc and save as an aiff. You can also cut it up into individual songs (but iTunes can also do that). Then you import the aiff into iTunes. From there you can burn it to CD and convert to mp3 or aac.

    To record the records you'll need a RCA to 1/8" adaptor (like you said) but you'll also need a preamp of some kind. Phono levels are very low and if you just record from the truntable you'll barely hear the result.

    Does the eMac have a line-in? If so, use that. To do this on the iBook you'll need something like the Griffin iMic, which plugs into the USB port. I have one but I'm not too thrilled with it. I get a lot of noise on my recordings when I use it. For recording quick things that are a few seconds it's great, but for something like a record, which is 30-45 minutes it'll go sour on you.

    I've done this a lot, so if you have more questions I can probably answer them.

    Oh, and ground your turntable--otherwise you'll get an unbearable hum on your recordings.
     
  3. quigs thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks heaps for that Horrortaxi,

    you filled in the gaps for me, I'll grab copies of the apps you suggested and give it a go. The turntable actually has its own preamp so that should be covered.

    I'll take you up on your offer of help if I get stuck.

    thanks again

    Quigs
     
  4. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    If you have any more questions, there's someone I know that has imported over 1000 of his albums into iTunes, and he still has over 2000 more to go! He's an admin on Macfora.com and goes by TheAppleDoctor.

    Edit: okay, I tried to find the post where he said how many albums he has, but I couldn't find it. I think those numbers are close though.
     
  5. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    Jesus! That's a tedious undertaking--definitely a labor of love.

    In my collection I have a lot of redundancy. When I started buying music there was no such thing as a CD, so when I got a CD player in '89 I rebought a lot of stuff (now ripped and stored in iTunes). A good portion of my albums are extras. I have a few cassettes (always hated them but ended up with a few somehow) that I've imported & burned to CD. I have a few records to do but I've saved them until last because it's so tedious--record in real time plus take out imperfections just to end up with a copy that will never sound that great. Like I said, labor of love.
     
  6. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I was looking at buying an M-Audio Audiophile PCI card, which I think comes with some software but there's also Bias Peak LE, I believe.

    Anyone have an opinion about digital output turntables from Stanton?
     
  7. ethernet76 macrumors 6502a

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    Analog to digital back to analog? No thank you. You'd be better off using some sort of capture device such as the M-Audio Quattro or Duo.
     
  8. ethernet76 macrumors 6502a

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    There is no Mic input on an eMac nor on the iBook. Your best bet is to get a USB sound capture device. Such as the M-Audio Duo.
    For software I'd use soundtrack, Cuebase, or Logic Pro. That's if you have those.
    :confused:
     
  9. quigs thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You are correct, the ibook has no audio in however the emac has, just connected it all up and it works like a dream. 1st album imported and ripped to the pod.
    just wondering now though how iTunes can separate a large aiff into individual songs, as Horrortaxi said, rather than doing it manually in sound studio or the like?
     
  10. krimson macrumors 65816

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    normally i use Soundstudio to record, it's really easy once it's set up. As for cutting and editing, i'd use something else more robust, but for simple [Mixer] to Mac recording it's fine. I've left it recording for over 4 hours with the new version without any problems.

    Here's what i did... 1200's/CD Table --> djm-600 --> home receiver (any cheap one with decent line quality will do) --> Audiophile 2496 RCA-IN

    I also used the RCA-OUT back to the receiver so i can use my wireless headphones around the house and out in the garden.
     
  11. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Excuse me, but where is the third conversion back to analog? I'm talking about digital out from the turntable directly into the card and onto the hard drive.
     
  12. krimson macrumors 65816

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    I think that defeats the whole purpose of having a turntable... you want it for the warmth that the analog signal, the needle, etc gives off...
    i've had many a "discussion" about the preceived "warmth" with my DJ buddies, so i wont go into that right now.

    If you want all digital, get a CD player. ;)
     
  13. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Funny how I cannot get my old vinyl into the CD player but I don't think it would work anyway.

    I care about how it sounds, but if all I have in the end is vinyl dust, it would not sound warm at all.
     

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