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An Odyssey from Vinyl to Digital

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (42)

"Beam Me Up , Scotty"

 

The Odyssey is over. I completed transferring all of my vinyl record albums to digital files. I chose a sampling rate of 96khz/24 bit for the FLAC files that I created. I shared a few of the files with friends and they are getting high marks for their quality.

 

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An Odyssey from Vinyl to Digital

Posted on January 7, 2017 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Two Items


1) More than a few readers were interested in what is in my vinyl collection. It isn't huge, but it represents a lot of carefully chosen favorites, always purchased on a strict budget, from the 60s through the 90s. (The quantity of "cut outs" in my collection -- that is, records with a hole punched in the sleeve -- i...

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An Odyssey from Vinyl to Digital

Posted on January 4, 2017 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Selecting Your File Type


One of the decisions that you'll need to make after creating a digital version of your vinyl album is what file type you will make with the digital version. You've probably heard the term "MP3" before. MP3 is a type of digital file. There are about a dozen different digital music file types. These file types can be broadly categor...

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An Odyssey from Vinyl to Digital

Posted on January 3, 2017 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Snap, Crackle, and Pop


Vinyl LP records are a physical medium. By that, I mean that a stylus (needle) is in physical contact with the walls of the record groove. As such, the friction between the stylus and groove walls produces some amount of background noise. There are different compositi...

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An Odyssey from Vinyl to Digital

Posted on January 2, 2017 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

 

Because transferring an analog album to a digital file is a one-for-one, real-time process, you'll want to be prepared to have the volume turned up, at least a little, during the transfer process. You need to be able to hear if there's a skip in the record and when each side of the record ends.

 

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An Odyssey from Vinyl to Digital

Posted on January 2, 2017 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Will I Need an External Analog to Digital (A-to-D) Converter?


This question came up recently. If you are using one of the previously mentioned turntable "kits", these come with a turntable that has a USB plug on the end of the turntable's cable. Plug that in to one of your computer's USB ports, load the software that came with the kit and you are ready to ...

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An Odyssey from Vinyl to Digital

Posted on December 31, 2016 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (1)

And So It Begins


Having loaded VinylStudio into the new-to-me computer, I set about learning how to use its very versatile and in-depth capabilities. Like any new software, it takes a little getting used to, but as previously mentioned, I found it to be well designed, user friendly, and easy to navi...

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An Odyssey from Vinyl to Digital

Posted on December 30, 2016 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Analog-to-digital and Digital-to-analog Conversion


I've had some dialogue with readers of this blog around the subject of the impact of the analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog (A-to-D and D-to-A) converters in the computer on the final quality of the digital files created. Different people have different opinions on this topic and there is no sho...

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An Odyssey from Vinyl to Digital

Posted on December 30, 2016 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I Discover VinylStudio from AlpineSoft

Thanks to a quick Google search, I found VinylStudio made by AlpineSoft in the UK. This software is specifically designed for transferring vinyl LPs (and other analog media like cassette tapes and reel-to-reel tapes) to digital. It is well designed with a logical user interface and plenty of built-in help. They allow you to down...

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An Odyssey from Vinyl to Digital

Posted on December 29, 2016 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

To All and Sundry

I am aware that there are turntable kits on the market, many for under $100, that include the software to accomplish the digital conversion process. So why I am going to all of this trouble?


I already own an audiophile grade turntable, so buying another turntable would be redundant. Furth...

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An Odyssey from Vinyl to Digital

Posted on October 23, 2016 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Is there software to facilitate transferring vinyl LP records to digital?

After conducting on-line research and talking to trusted friends about my project, including those with record collections measured in the thousands, I decided that the first step was to catalog my collection. I considered building an Excel spreadsheet for that purpose, but there is a better way: cre...

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An Odyssey from Vinyl to Digital

Posted on October 19, 2016 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Thank You Emile Berliner!

A name not many recognize, Mr. Berliner invented the phonograph record. No! That was Thomas Edison, you say! Mr. Edison invented the recording cylinder and most people think of him when they think of records, but it was Emile Berliner who created the flat, phonograph disc for recording and playback. Here's th...

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