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An Odyssey from Vinyl to Digital

Posted on December 31, 2016 at 2:40 PM

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 navigate with plenty of built-in help functions that I used at times.

I also resurrected my turntable. Fortunately, despite having been mothballed for about 14 years, it worked perfectly. (I did conduct a complete calibration, for the audiophiles among you readers.)

The next step was to export my record "collection" from Discogs. I refer to the database file that I manually created on Discogs that has all of my albums with all of the associated meta data, like album art, track names, track lengths, year of issue, and other stuff. When you export the file, you do so as a CSV (comma separated value) file that Excel can read and re-save as an Excel spreadsheet. VinylStudio can be pointed to that spreadsheet  -- et voila! -- from that spreadsheet, VinylStudio will automatically populate all the aforementioned metadata into the digital file of the vinyl LP that you create. While the process still has a number of manual steps, a little work up front building your Discogs database (collection) means that VinylStudio does most of the heavy lifting later on.

Once everything was connected, I was ready to transcribe my first album. 

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Reply Sandy Farley
3:54 PM on December 31, 2016 
This is very timely! We've been thinking about converting our records to CD but had no idea where to start. ('s fun to read your posts!)