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Old 7th September 2013, 07:20 AM   #1
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Default Any new technique for transfering LP's to CD

The last time I did an LP to CD transfer was 10 years ago. The tunrtable is a handnedown and stored in a box.

At the time I used Goldwave Line In via an old cheap RS amp that had phono input. My SS amp in use today does not have the needed phono input.

Simply put, what would I need to do a limited number of LP's with free software plus Goldwave which I have owned for a long time? A phono preamp of some type is needed but for me it'd be a needle in a haystack search to find the minimal item. I remember that a good one was sold as a kit and featured in Speakerbuilder magazine. But I know no electronics.

Back then even in GW there was nothing to detect silences between tracks to start a new track that worked well.

That catches me up on what is needed.
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Old 7th September 2013, 08:29 AM   #2
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The Goldwave equalizer has a RIAA curve preset. You could record the LP direct from the turntable and then apply the EQ to the wave file.
As for detecting between-track silence, you can do it manually without much hassle. If you record the album side, the tracks are noticeable. Use Shift-up arrow (for horizontal) and Control-up arrow (for vertical) to zoom in to the gap and set a marker at the appropriate place.
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Then there's no one button solution like they claim for those LP/cd combos they sell in the retail stores?

It sounds similar to the process I did previously.

As to hardware what is needed? I recall seeing (when not actively pursuing this) that pro audio equipment shows a small box for hooking up a turntable-- a phono 'adapter' maybe. It was a brand that had a lot of these dongles for bands. I'm still testing the waters on this. I'd prefer to buy the CD (natch) but for some reason this item is missing from an artist who has a long career. The LP turned up on Amazon when I looked recently.
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Look on discogs and musicstack - if a CD was ever available one of these two sites would list it.
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Thanks for that but I'm not confident it was ever out on CD. In any form. I'll look and find out if they have the title called "Here Comes The Sun" by jazz pianist Monty Alexander.
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Then there's no one button solution like they claim for those LP/cd combos they sell in the retail stores?
I care so much more about the music than to care at all about any "one button solution". I have vinyl (now digitized) that will never ever be released on CD.
You need either RIAA preamp hardware or do it in software.
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Old 8th September 2013, 02:30 PM   #7
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over the past twenty years or so, I have converted quite a few and haven't found the available methods to have changed very much.
I got one of those ION usb turntables for xmas as a gift a few years ago and while I find the table itself to be junk, it did work. The software was easy enough to use. cheap ($69?), easy, the table itself might be no worse than your hand-me-down table. just a thought.
My version of Goldwave doesn't have the RIAA eq in it (might be a plug-in?) but if yours does, I might go in that direction. Simple turntable-to-soundcard interconnect and off you go.
The DIY solution is to build one of the phono sections talked about on this forum. Pull out that old table and see if it can be tweaked. Have some fun with the project
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A few years ago I used Audacity to record some cassette tapes to see how it works. Essentially the same process as described - there was no silence-finding tool that I could find. Picking the silence by zooming in was pretty easy.

I would think you would want a preamp for better signal to noise ratio.
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If we're talking just one very obscure album, it might be worthwhile to find out if any of your friends or colleagues are equipped to do vinyl rips. Worst case there are pros and depending on what your time is worth this might be a good way to go..
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You can find preamp boards on eBay for not much money. There's one that appears to be a clone of the Hagtech Bugle (search for RIAA OPA2134) for about $25. You could power it from a couple of 9V batteries.

If your budget stretched higher, the ART Phono USB device looks good; it provides S/PDIF and line level I/O, and a headphone output as well. You might find one in stock at a big box music store, and a terrible person might just use it transfer a few records then return it.
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