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    And what do you use.... asked this elsewhere. Any of you doing this .? Is it blasfamy? Does it sound good?
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    And what do you use.... asked this elsewhere. Any of you doing this .? Is it blasfamy? Does it sound good?
    I do with some albums. I just use a preamp of some sort and a focusrite audio interface. You can use a standalone preamp or the tape monitor out on a receiver. They sound pretty much the same being played back through the same amplification.

    I use audacity for software. You can use it to take the pops and noise out of rough albums too. There are a bunch of filters for doing it.

    I haven't found a turntable that has a good usb out on it yet.

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    Was thinking about it, but decided it was too much like hard work If I have vinyl I want in digital format I try to buy it or record it from a stream using Replay Music 7. Did copy one lp using a audio cd recorder, then ripped to flac using Exact Audio Copy.

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    Most of the ones I have done it too are 78s, or they were my Grandpa's. They don't have much life left in them.

    I'd like to digitize all of my 45s but that would be an undertaking. I'm not even sure how many I have anymore. Even if I used a stacker and did 8 at a time it would probably take years.

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    Digitising vinyl records is one of the many things that life's too short for. It was enough of a PITA taping the things for my nephew! I've bought CDs of the most knackered recordings instead, and can access most of the others via Spotify.

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    I've thought about just keeping it hooked up all the time and just recording them all when I play them. I never go to the trouble of breaking up the tracks.

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    I did all my vinyl. First to CDs and then onto the Mac with lossless. I hear very kittle if any difference between the CDs and the Mac.

    I used my main TT into an external DAC and also use Audacity. Once done, everything goes through Click Repair and De-noise - brilliant progs at about 40 australian dollars from memory. I do separate all the tracks. There are too many records that have fillers and most have favourite tracks. Sod artistic integrity.

    I've still kept the records, or most of them, though, as in spite of how good the digital files sound, there is definitely something missing. Not something you could prove but an engagement with the music seems slightly reduced somehow.

    The problem is that the Mac is just so convenient. I am not one of those who think that the whole ritual involved with vinyl makes it sound better. Pain the the bum really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    And what do you use.... asked this elsewhere. Any of you doing this .? Is it blasfamy? Does it sound good?
    I digitise old vinyl which I do not want to re - buy in digital format.

    I use a Rega phono (Mini A2D) which has a digital usb output as well as RCA.

    For software I use Vinyl Studio which is cheap and very easy to use. It can also identify track ends and add meta data to the digitised tracks. If you want to go further it can remove pops and clicks but I never bother. Well pleased with result which equate to cd quality and are fine for my purposes.

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    Too much hassle. I just buy it again on CD if it is a fiver or less.
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    I had all good intensions but after around 10 albums I gave up. To mind numbing for me
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