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Old 10th December 2012, 08:42 PM   #11
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FLAC is the way to go and supported by almost any media player.
As far as media player software, i use both WinAmp and Foobar2000. Both are good.
If you using the files on an ipod, i believe you need to keep as wav files or compress to ALAC (apples version of Lossless Audio Codex)
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Old 10th December 2012, 10:36 PM   #12
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My goal is just to archive my collection and retrive any song I want on following the mood I am at the moment. I do not own any playback device, I listen to music only on standard hi-fi systems that I have in the house.
Quite old fashion way to look at it, and it suits me perfectly. I don't even listen to the radio in my car!
So I will give a serious look at FLAC tonight and take it from there. You guys have convinced me on that, now I will look at the various software suggestions that were made here.
My recording /playback system is based on RME FW800 (firewire) or EMU 1616M (with the laptop) The studio word clock is based on a tektronix video sync gen ( blackburst) and video time base correctors. The WC is within a few Psec of jitter.
I checked my version of Wavelab (6,2) no FLAC withs this version. I have Reaper that seems to use flac, but I will have to figure it out in the context of archiving. I have a hunch that it is not ideal...
Thanks so far to everybody, your help is precious.
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Old 12th December 2012, 02:20 PM   #13
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I don't know why you think listening to music from a server through "standard" hi-fi is old fashioned. Lots of people have been doing that for some time.

Most of my music collection has been ripped to a pc and is served to various rooms through ethernet or wireless. My workshop system is a Squeezebox Touch playing thrugh a rotating assortment of vintage integrated amps/receivers. My main system plays served music through my Oppo BDP95 through Parasound gear and my home office gets music directly from the PC, but through a soundcard to an old Kenwood Preamp and on to some active studio monitors.
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Old 13th December 2012, 01:00 AM   #14
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Hey fastbike, I use music pretty much the way you do, trough old vintage, home made systems in my shop, my office etc..
I do not own , or want to own anywhere soon, a iPOD, intelligent phone or pad or ....
And very often I will sit down and listen to the music, not just put it in background while doing something else. Now THAT is old fashionned!

What software do you use for copying the LP's and how do you listen to it from a central PC. This is all new to me
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Old 14th December 2012, 12:15 AM   #15
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Hey fastbike, I use music pretty much the way you do, trough old vintage, home made systems in my shop, my office etc..
I do not own , or want to own anywhere soon, a iPOD, intelligent phone or pad or ....
And very often I will sit down and listen to the music, not just put it in background while doing something else. Now THAT is old fashionned!

What software do you use for copying the LP's and how do you listen to it from a central PC. This is all new to me
Thanks, Luc
There are many media streamers that will attached to your computer's directory where the music is stored. Sonos for example, take a look at this link to get an idea Sonos CONNECT Wireless HiFi Player.

For recording, I've always been a fan of Audacity an open source app that works well and can save captures as flac Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder

Also, most intelligent streaming systems with access to the Internet will actually scrape for album and artist information from the internet, so no need to scan album covers.

Also, don't necessarily turn up a nose to an tablet or smart phone, being able to control your music via wireless from a tablet while seeing lyrics, album information, and wealth of other information about the music/artist you're listening to opens up a whole new listen world.
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Old 2nd January 2013, 01:12 AM   #16
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An issue you will have is how to access the music, data etc

I have used Mediamonkey and j. River for playback. Both work well, the latter may sound better, deals with higher resolution, etc

The problem you will have is how to get the data into the programs. Both import data from CDs. I have about 1500 lps and really just want to know the metadata on them and would be satisfied with integrating the metadata into j. River. Cd info already there. That way I would have ALL of my music in one database.

The only way I can find to do this is to create a "stub album" ( "dummy data") entry in either program with about 30 stub songs. Make a copy of this - one for each LP. A thousand copies in your case.

Then, one would have to MANUALLY change the album name and each song on the album. Delete the unused song titles.

So now you have ripped a thousand albums in real time. Done the corrections, splits, pop repairs, etc. That's at least 1000 hours of time.

Then you have to type a thousand album names, roughly 10,000 sing titles and manually look up and paste 10,000 lyrics (because the automatic lookup programs utilize cd info that will not exist)

That's a lot of time.

I have a list of all of my lps by title and artist. If some one can figure how to automate this and incorporate programatically into j. River, please let me know

WHATEVER YOU DO, BACKUP THE DATA.
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Old 2nd January 2013, 10:33 AM   #17
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A google search revealed The Compleat Guide to Digitizing Your LP Collection | scot hacker's foobar blog . Did you take a look at that VinylStudio SW?
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Old 16th January 2013, 03:29 AM   #18
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On a PC I use Windows Media Player.
Create your own playlists.

For a standalone I use an ipod 64G...I don't know how many you are going to get on there using .wav files. Mp3's take up a lot less space.
What's the deal with "playlists"? I play entire albums. I don't create various lists of songs to play.

True, MP3's are smaller, but unless they're 320Kbs, they sound like schitt!

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Old 16th January 2013, 03:52 AM   #19
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What software do you use for copying the LP's
I'm a vinylphile with 1000+ LP's. When I play an LP, I process it through a Burwen TNE-7000A (Transient Noise Eliminator). Used correctly it can remove clicks/pops from the music. Most of the vinyl sourced click/pops are the result of the record companies using "regrind" vinyl. Old records that didn't sell, are ground up (including the Labels!!!) & mixed with virgin vinyl, to make new records. It's the ground up bits of label that account for most of the clicks/pops. Once I bought a record that actually had part of a paper label sticking up through the surface.

For more severe pops I use a SAE 5000, but it's very easy to grind the music into unlistenable hamburger.

I also have a Garrard MRM (Music Recovery Module) for clicks/pops, but it has it's own phono EQ ckt, which isn't as good as the one in my Sony TA-E2000ESD control amp.

Once the line-level phono signal is processed, you can simply patch it into the INPUT jack on your computers sound card or Audio Input jack on your mobo. Then use the audio converter of your choice to convert the signal to your preferred digital format.

Simple, No?

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Old 16th January 2013, 03:59 AM   #20
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Also, most intelligent streaming systems with access to the Internet will actually scrape for album and artist information from the internet, so no need to scan album covers.
I DL album art from wikipedia. Search wikipedia for the artist you need. Usually there will be a list of most albums (including album art) that the artist released. Click the album you're looking for. Then when "page of the album" opens, click on the album art & you'll usually get a larger picture of the album art.

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