Vinyl to FLAC - how to?

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  1. Giuanniello macrumors 6502

    Giuanniello

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    Just wondering how to rip a vinyl to a digital file using a turntable (not one of the usb output ones!), an analog preamplifier and a computer.

    I imagine I should take probably a tape out from the preamp and input it into the Mac audio-in and then run a software like Audacity, am I correct about it?

    Any source where I can read how to perform such a thing?

    Grazie


    Giovanni
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    1. Connect turntable to Mac (or audio input device)
    2. Record to either AIFF or WAV format
    3. Apply any noise reduction or click removal (unless that's automatically done during the transfer)
    4. Use a utility to convert from AIFF/WAV to FLAC.

    My opinion only:
    Considering the original source is vinyl, you could probably create 320k mp3 files, without any "loss of quality".
    Files would be much smaller.
     
  3. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    You are correct, OP, on connecting your preamp's tape OUT (with a left/right RCA to 3.5mm stereo adapter cable) to the Mac's input since the old school turntable "phono level" isn't adequate for the Mac's input.
     
  4. Luap macrumors 65816

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    This won't work. An RIAA (Turntable) pre-amp is required.
     
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    What you say is about the cheapest way to get the job done. The tape output should be line level.

    I would use an external audio interface that does 24-bit samples.

    One of the things you will need to work on is setting he recording level. You want it as high as yu can get it but without clipping. One of the advantages of transfers over live recording is you can watch the level and if it clips, start over
     
  6. Giuanniello thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hello everybody, trying and resurrect this thread.

    I listen to vinyl once in a very while since I don't have a fixed spot for my turntable (which is huge whilst my apartment is quite small), I move it onto a desk in front of the stereo system, listen to a few records and back (not to mention running all of those cables to the router, TV etc etc the signal cables from the TurnTable become like antennas).

    I have a couple LPs I want to rip, found in a drawer an old Griffin iMic USB interface so I thought I might take the Tape Record output from the preamp and either plug it straight into a MacBookAir's mic interface or through the iMic and then give the signal to some kind of software (which I don't have yet) to start the ripping process.

    Which solution you think works best provided I don't want to add any more hardware to what I already have?

    Which software would best work for the ripping process, is Audacity what I need?

    Grazie
     
  7. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Audacity would work but I bet you already have GarageBand. It is designed fr recording

    If the Mac has an audio input use that in preference to the iMic. ANy audio interface has to be better than an iMic.

    You would get better results if you used a better quality audio interface but something better than what you have starts at about $150.

    Yes, do use the preamp's tape out put. recording straight off the turntable will not work. You need the preamp's "Phono" input to apply the RIAA curve. There does exist software for applying RIAA ad if you had it you could bypass the preamp. But this is not worth the effort unless you are using some very high end equipment and ==have new vinyl.

    The preamp to the mac and then tell GB it is a vocal track and just record it. You need to set the levels but GB has a meter to help get that right
     
  8. Giuanniello thread starter macrumors 6502

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    As a preamp I use an Audio Research SP9, it got a Phono input of course, I just want to rip some vinyl with the equipment I own, not worth buying hardware for such a thing, should I one day wish to rip more I'd eventually evaluate some hardware but it is not the case now
     
  9. Kaspin macrumors member

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    You need an audio interface of some sort. If the griffin iMic isn't working out, I'd recommend the Behringer UCA202 (or UCA222). They're reasonably inexpensive.
     
  10. Giuanniello thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The iMic does work, it was in a drawer since ages, just figuring out if it adds some advantage to the mic input of a MacBookAir or Pro
     
  11. mikzn macrumors 65816

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    an audio interface would be the best for quality of the recording like the above mentioned Behringer or Focusrite for a .flac high quality recording

    another quick and simple way would be to use the headphone output of the amp to the mic input of your mac and use voice memo's to record, you would have to adjust the volume to a level that does not clip or distort but it would a quick and easy way to record and play them. not saying it would be the best quality but easy to do.

    if you like the recording you can drag it from voice memos to your desktop and it will create a .4ma audio file that will play in iTunes, then you can edit the Tags and info about the songs
     

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