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Converting 33 rpm Vinyl to CDs

by jimo3 / May 7, 2004 12:06 AM PDT

I'm in the process of moving and want to keep a lot of the music that I've been buying since the 60s. There's a lot of classical stuff that hasn't been ported over to CDs. It's just that I'd rather have this on CDs now.
What is the best way to do this? What's the best software? I have "Easy CD Creator" now but would buy another product if it's better for this.
Also, can you simply burn a CD or do you have to convert to either MP3s or .WAV files?
One last thing, is there some software that might eliminate "pops- n -clicks" or other background noise when I record?


Thanks, Jim

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Re:Converting 33 rpm Vinyl to CDs
by jimo3 / May 7, 2004 12:19 AM PDT

Sorry I meant to post my email to avoid cluttering up the list with messages that might not be of interest ot everybody.

Jim

jimo3@aol.com

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Re:Converting 33 rpm Vinyl to CDs
by Paul C / May 7, 2004 1:15 AM PDT

Jim,

It's far better that you NOT post an email address. There's no better way that I know of to guarantee more SPAM than you would ever dream possible (although you certainly fight that battle already since AOL seemingly doesn't much care about really doing something about it, IMO).

Now, sermonette over, and on to your question...

Do you have the full (Platinum) version of ECDC or the basic version that comes with so many burners? If you have the basic version, I'd recommend that you upgrade to Easy Media Creator Version 7. An alternative is Ahead Software's Nero Version 6.4. Both cost about $90, and are the best for your project. Both also have filters that will help with the elimination of clicks, pops, etc. Just be careful not to get too heavy handed with them; better to leave some LP noise on your files than to remove the higher frequencies of the performances. Need I state that CLEAN LP's copy better?

Where do you intend to play these CD's? If the answer is in a home or car CD player, then the only solution is to burn the LP's to CD as .WAV files. If you intend to listen to them on your PC, then Mp3's would be fine - and you'd get more music on each CD.

The actual method is simple in theory: Hook up the turntable to a preamp or preamp section of a receiver which in turn is wired to your PC's soundcard. Using your software, record the LP to the hard drive (hope you have plenty of hard drive space!) then to CD. The devil, of course, remains in the details...

I Googled "burning lp to cd" and came up with this:

http://www.google.com/search?q=burning%20lp%20to%20cd

Paul

P.S. Expect to make mistakes; in practice this isn't as easy as I just made it sound (trust me - I know). One quick hint: Open your Windows Volume Control and make sure that "Line In" is NOT muted; else, you'll record nothing...

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Re:Converting 33 rpm Vinyl to CDs
by ajweidne / May 7, 2004 6:09 AM PDT

I didn't notice anyone mentioning MicroSoft's Plus! I found it at Fry's for $7. It does a great job of capturing, auto-detecting tracks and cleaning up "needle" noise. The downside is that it captures in .wma format. You need a 3rd party plugin to capture in .mp3.

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