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oldglide 12th December 2011 11:44 PM

A-D convertor for ripping vinyl
Lot's of info for DACs everywhere. I know sound cards have good to excellent A-D convertors but I use a laptop. I would like to know what's good, the availability and or kits for external A-D convertors for ripping vinyl and other analog sources. I'm sure there are some "Pro" products, don't know much about them. I have a cheezy $50 unit, works OK, sounds like crap. Does anyone know of a product for us consumers at the same level of performance like current DACs? :hohoho:

planet10 12th December 2011 11:58 PM

I use an Edirol FA-66 which really performances well above what would be expected for its price.


Shelby 13th December 2011 01:45 PM

I use RME's FF400 with excellent results. Connect to the Laptop via firewire. They also have an USB version. Have a look on their homepage.

wrankin 15th December 2011 11:25 PM

If you are on more of a beer budget, and are just looking to rip some vinyl, I have been using a Roland Edirol UA-1EX, which is a simple 2-channel USB ADC/DAC and does 24-bit 44.1/48 (and maybe 96k). I think I got mine new around maybe $80.

The UA-1EX is no longer produced and was replaced by the UA-1G, which seems to be a very similar unit in terms of features. I don't know about it's sound.

Also the "Edirol" line has been renamed "Cakewalk by Roland" (no, I am not making this up). So the Cakewalk FA-66 is the new name for Dave's unit.

Good luck.


planet10 15th December 2011 11:44 PM

I have one of the Edirol USB units as well, either the same as Bills or with a 25 in the name (on loan so can't just look it). Cost $75 at swap-n-shop and is decent, not up to the FireWire unit.

I also have an Alesis FW, but it suffers from the same chip crash as the DCX2496 (i have one of those too)


SoNic_real_one 15th December 2011 11:49 PM

Creative E-Mu 0204 USB. Has as A/D converter AK5385 that kicks a*s*s in that price range - 120$ on Amazon.

SY 15th December 2011 11:52 PM

I used a couple different things, but the M-Audio 192 still works best. You're limited to "desktop" machines since it's PCI.

SoNic_real_one 16th December 2011 12:44 AM

"M-Audio 192" has the same ADC as "E-MU 0204" - AK5385.

gabanyayaya 17th December 2011 09:10 AM

Music Hall MMF 9.1 Turntable --> Brocksieper Phonomax --> E-MU 0404 external USB 2.0 Audiointerface --> Laptop --> Wavelab 6.1 (24/192) --> manual click removal --> analyze (no clipping, no DC Bias offset) --> split into individual Tracks --> resampling and dither to 16-bit/44.1kHz with iZotope RX Advanced --> FLAC encoded (Vers. 1.21)

wwenze 17th December 2011 12:02 PM

At first I recommended EMU 0204 because of the supposed measured performance (similar to 0404), but after reading this review I deleted the recommendation immediately.


The inputs are not a matched pair and produce slightly out-of-sync, out-of-phase low-end compared to prior Emu interfaces.

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