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    Hi

    Iím looking for use Audacity to digitise a number of LPs.
    Can anyone advise or else point me in the direction of a previous
    discussion on this subject before I dive in.


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    I use Audacity and quite enjoy the process - however it is laborious and the software lacks some of the automated features found in others such as Vinyl Studio, Pure Vinyl, etc.
    Splitting tracks and entering metadata are two of the most obvious chores but Audacity also lacks an automated 'tick removal' system. It does have filters than can be set up to do that but I have never managed so do it manually.

    Like I said, I enjoy the process and (being retired) have oodles of time ... but YMMV
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    ... also handy if you have an AD converter that allows the strength of the signal being fed to Audacity to be varied, not all do that.
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    There is Wavosaur as well. think its still free
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    Thanks Mike. I’ve just retired also - so my Winter job-list includes cataloguing all my LPs, singles and CDs on Discogs, as well as digitising the LPs that I can’t find already in a digital format!

    I think I’ve cracked setting track labels on Audacity - it is slow but not terrible.

    What Hz rate do you use and do you export as MP3 or WAV?

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    Thanks Grant - i’ll Take a look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnB View Post

    What Hz rate do you use and do you export as MP3 or WAV?
    I record at 24/96 and save as AIFF as I find it keeps metadata better across different devices - however my TV only recognises WAV or MP3 for playback but I usually convert later if needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikmas View Post
    I use Audacity and quite enjoy the process - however it is laborious and the software lacks some of the automated features found in others such as Vinyl Studio, Pure Vinyl, etc.
    Splitting tracks and entering metadata are two of the most obvious chores but Audacity also lacks an automated 'tick removal' system. It does have filters than can be set up to do that but I have never managed so do it manually.

    Like I said, I enjoy the process and (being retired) have oodles of time ... but YMMV
    1. Not sure about tick removal - there may be a filter which will do this, or someone may have produced a plug in. The noise removal can be useful, for example for removing/reducing mains hum, or turntable rumble - not that anyone round here will have those. It is possible to overdo the noise removal, but if a short section of "quiet" is used as the noise signature in Audacity the results can be rather good. If you try this, try with differing degrees (percentages?) of noise filtering, until you find a level which works for you. Some recordings have hum built in. Perhaps they were made when the companies were a bit slapdash, or thought that most punters wouldn't notice or have kit good enough to reproduce that. I have some digital downloads of earlier recordings which are like that - so didn't pick up any hum or rumble from me.

    2. Re oodles of time - you probably won't have that for long - but good luck if you do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    There is Wavosaur as well. think its still free
    It seems to be free - see https://www.wavosaur.com/

    However, it's a Windows program, and may only work with earlier versions. I mostly gave up Windows years ago, and I'm not rushing back to try it again.
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    I looked at audacity but decided it was all going to be more work than it was worth. I just buy the CD or use tidal was my answer.
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