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An Odyssey from Vinyl to Digital

Posted on December 30, 2016 at 3:05 PM

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 download a free "crippled" version (it limits the number of albums that you can transfer) to discover if it is compatible with your computer hardware.


That turned out to be worthwhile because VinylStudio wouldn't work with my laptop. I tried it on my wife's desktop computer and it worked without any issue. Rather than spend a lot of time trying to sort out the laptop issue, I sourced a late model Dell desktop on craigslist for $80. It had a good soundcard, enough hard drive memory and enough RAM to get the job done. It runs Windows 7, which is a trusted, stable operating system. I loaded VinylStudio onto it and it ran perfectly. The purchase cost of VinylStudio was about $30, so my total investment was about $110. (Not being a MAC owner, I cannot vouch for VinylSoft on a MAC.)


Why Not Just Buy the CDs or Stream the Music?

#1 Some of my records were never released on CD or are not available on any streaming service.

#2 I had a little time on my hands to manage the project.

#3 I like the sound of the vinyl. (Not necessarily more than I like the sound of the digital equivalents, but the vinyl does sound different, and I'm not talking about the "snap, crackle, pop" that comes along with LP records. More on that later.) 


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