How to Record Vinyl Records into a Computer

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Whether you grew up listening to records, or you recently discovered collecting and playing vinyl, the idea of recording your favorite vinyl records into your computer may have crossed your mind. Having a digitized version of your vinyl collection is useful for loading songs into portable devices and for having an archive of your favorite tunes in the digital realm. When captured properly, a digital recording of a vinyl record will sound vastly superior to a compressed MP3 file. Besides, many of the albums that you find in thrift stores and garage sales aren’t even available to purchase as digital downloads.

Most people hope that the vinyl-capturing process is as simple as pushing a single red button. Advances have been made to simplify the process of digitizing vinyl, but so far it's not as easy as pressing a button. Just as the act of playing a vinyl record requires a bit of effort on your part (taking the record out of its sleeve, placing it on the platter, putting the needle in the groove, etc.), the act of digitizing vinyl records requires your attention and care, as well. With a little bit of patience, your entire vinyl collection can be shrunk down to fit into your shirt pocket to travel around with you anywhere you go.

Here are three ways you can capture vinyl into a computer:

1) Using an all-in-one turntable/CD burner;

2) Using a USB turntable;

3) Using an audio interface to connect a turntable to a computer.

The first method (using an all-in-one turntable/CD burner) is probably the easiest way to go. An all-in-one unit features both a turntable and a CD burner in a single device. You simply burn a CD of the vinyl in the unit itself, and then load the burned CD into your computer. Specific models worth checking out are the Teac LP-R550USB and the Crosley Radio CR2413A Memory Master II. Be forewarned that you may not be able to mark individual tracks using this method.

USB turntables can be less expensive than all-in-one units, but they require you to interact with a computer and software in order to digitize your records. The ION Audio Classic LP and the Audio-Technica AT-LP60USB are inexpensive options in this category.

Of the three vinyl-capturing methods mentioned, using an audio interface to connect a turntable to a computer requires the most technical know-how. The plus side is that some audio interfaces can be obtained very inexpensively. If you go this route, you need to understand the difference between a “line-level” signal and a “phono-level” signal.

Some of the turntables available today feature line-level outputs, but many only have phono-level outputs. To convert a phono-level output to line level, a phono preamp is needed. This preamp utilizes the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) equalization curve.  The process of creating vinyl records or “cutting vinyl” employs the RIAA EQ curve to reduce low frequencies and boost high frequencies to prevent distortion and skipping. The phono preamp uses an inverse of the RIAA EQ to decode the audio coming from the vinyl, generating full-frequency, line-level audio. 

If you already have a record player that you plan on using to digitize your vinyl, try to figure out what kind of output it has. If it has an output labeled "Line" or a headphone jack, you can get away with using an inexpensive audio interface. Your setup will look something like this:



 

Some audio interfaces feature special phono inputs specifically for connecting record players. The ART USB Phono Plus is among the most affordable of these devices, and it connects to your computer via USB. The graphic above also illustrates how these devices connect to your computer.

If you’re using an older record player, it's likely that the output is phono level. This means that if you plugged the output of your record player directly into the line-level inputs on a computer audio interface, the signal would not have been compensated for the RIAA EQ curve. One option is to buy a phono preamp, such as the Rolls VP29. Such a setup will look something like this:


If you have a stereo system at your disposal, you may not need an external phono preamp. Look at the back of your stereo receiver. If it has designated inputs for phono, then you're halfway there. Plug your turntable into the phono input. Most stereo receivers have outputs as well. People used to make copies of recordings with external cassette decks. Most stereo receivers were designed to route the audio coming in from a record player and send it to the "tape out" to be recorded by the cassette deck. In this case, instead of recording to a cassette deck, you will be recording to a computer. The setup will look something like this:



 

No matter what method you use to connect a record player to a computer, you’re going to need audio software to record and edit the digital audio. B&H sells a full range of very capable audio production software, but if you’re on a tight budget, there’s a free audio-recording program available for Mac, Windows, and even GNU/Linux, called Audacity. I recently recorded some vinyl into my computer with a turntable using Audacity. Below you will find a few pointers I can share from my experience.

Tips on Using Audacity Software

When you open Audacity for the first time, trying to figure out how the software operates can be a bit confusing. You’re essentially looking at a blank box with a few buttons and controls at the top. If you’re using a USB turntable and it’s plugged into the computer with a USB cable  and powered on, the first thing you want to do is adjust the preferences in Audacity. On a Mac, this is accomplished by clicking on “Audacity” in the top menu bar and selecting Preferences from the dropdown menu.

With Audacity’s Preferences window open, you’re presented with a list of tabs at the top; the first option being Audio I/O. Click on the Audio I/O tab and adjust the Device setting in the Recording area. You need to assign your USB turntable as the input source for the software in the dropdown menu next to Device. Click on the menu options and change this setting from Built-in Input to the USB Turntable setting. In my case, the Audio Technica AT-LP60 showed up on this menu under the somewhat strange name, “USB Audio CODEC.”

If you’re capturing albums that were recorded in stereo (as opposed to mono records), there’s another key setting that you need to adjust in Audacity’s Preferences. Under the Audio I/O tab, in the Recording area, you need to change the Channels setting to: 2 (Stereo). This way when you start recording a new album, Audacity will automatically create a stereo track and start recording the Left and Right stereo channels from the vinyl into the computer.

Below the Recording area of the Audio I/O tab in Audacity’s Preferences there are a number of boxes. For my needs (which involved recording a vinyl record in my cubicle at work with no other home-stereo equipment and just a laptop and a pair of headphones), I checked the boxes for Hardware Playthrough, Software Playthrough, and Do Not Modify Audio Device Settings. Changing these settings enabled me to listen to the vinyl through my computer as it was recording.

With these settings, when you click the Record button on Audacity’s main screen, the program should create a stereo track automatically and start recording the input directly into it. When you get to this stage, start recording in Audacity first, then start the record player and put the needle on the record. I found that I needed to turn up the input gain all the way in Audacity. The input gain is the little slider near the top of the GUI next to the little microphone icon. The volume level still sounded kind of weak while I was recording, but upon playback it sounded better. I also turned up the gain on the stereo track itself during playback. The stereo track’s gain is the little slider on the left side of the screen between the – and + signs. These adjustments really helped the overall volume of the recording and made it sound the way I hoped it would.

Finally, once you're finished recording your record collection into your computer, try to refrain from throwing your albums away in the trash. There are thrift shops and secondhand stores that would gladly accept your records as donations. Why send all of that vinyl to a landfill when someone else (like me) may cherish it?

If you have any more questions about digitizing vinyl records, please submit them in the Comments section, below.

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Hello,

I am finally wanting to digitize some of my vinyl collection that I have (high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz preferred), but I am unsure of exactly what component(s) would be the best for my situation.  I would also like to stream records live to others using my sound card's digital-in (I think) as an input device through a program like Discord, for instance.  Here are the components I currently have:

Hardware:

- Turntable: Clearaudio Concept

- Amplifier: Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II Integrated Amplifier

- Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z

My current thought is that I just need an audio interface and cables to go from amplifier output to audio interface input, then outputted from there to my sound card.  I would like to make sure that's what I need before I start purchasing stuff.  The other factor I need to consider is that my amplifier is about 35-40 feet away from my computer and I know there can be quality issues with long cable runs.  Thanks in advance for any help, it is super appreciated!

Hi Dennis - 

  I recommend using the The  ART USB Phono Plus and the ART AC Adapter for USB Phono Plus with the included Audacity software.

Yuu may need to move some of your components to keep the USB cable run down to a minimal length.

I just purchased a new 2021 iMac and I have a non-USB project turntable from which I'd like to rip vinyl. Can you give me a good suggestion for connecting to the new iMac and a recommended software?

Hi David -

    I recommend using the The  ART USB Phono Plus with the included Audacity software.  You may also use the free GarageBand software included with your new 2021 iMac.
    The ART USB Phono Plus is a flexible phono (turntable) preamp with a USB interface and digital connections. The USB Phono Plus is an ideal solution for quality recordings while digitizing old vinyl collections, connecting a turntable to a line input, or as a simple audio interface for your Windows or Mac OS computer. There are optical digital inputs and outputs, S/PDIF input and analog preamp outputs. Also featured is a headphone output, gain control and monitor level adjustment controls. A line / phono input switch allows for line or turntable signals to pass, and a low-cut filter switch eliminates hum, rumble and other low frequency artifacts associated with vinyl recordings.

USB connectivity to desktop and laptop computers

RIAA accurate low noise phono preamp

Up to 45dB of clean gain

Latency free monitoring

S/PDIF or optical to USB and USB to optical interfaces included

Preamp line out allows use as a stand-alone phono preamp

Includes recording & production software

Compact, stackable all aluminum chassis

Flexible power from USB or external power supply (not included)
 

ART AC Adapter for USB Phono Plus

B&H # ARAA3MFR 

This AC Adapter from ART is a 12VDC power adapter designed for use with the USB Phono Plus preamplifier/audio interface.

Hi there. I have a very quick question. Well the question isn't that quick but hopefully you will have a quick answer for me.

I'm using a pair of Technics SL1200 mkII's with Ortofon Concorde Club mk2 and an old fashioned (Pre Serato) mixer. The output is going into a Technics Amp and then simply into the 'line in' of my pc, where I am converting the audio to 24bit 96,000hz using Ableton Live and Fabfilter Q3 EQ with a inverse RIAA setting I created.

The question then, Is there another way of doing this using most or all of the components I have already got which will improve on it?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Jay

Hi  Jay - 

This is probably as good as it gets unless you upgrade your PC's soundcard.

Thank you for getting back to me Mark. I sort of guessed as much. I did look into the Essence stx 2 but there were some pretty bad write ups about it at the time from users and that put me off a bit considering it is supposed to be one of the better ones. Do you have any views regarding Soothe 2 as a way of automating the incoming signal to filter out unwanted frequencies?

Hi Jay - 

I must categorically admit that I am not a big fan of this type of software and I enjoy my 5000+ LP/EP vinyl collection with all of its sonic warts and blemishes.

Hello

I have an old Dual 505 that I love and want to hook up to my iMac.

In your article, you mention using the Art USB Phono Plus and because I have an old turntable, I would also need a Rolls VP29 Phono Plus preamp. Yet when I look at the specson your website, it suggests that the Art USB Phono Plus has a preamp in it, and I need nothing else.

I am confused about what I should buy in order to record my vinyl.

Best

Peter

Hi Peter - 

The  ART USB Phono Plus may be used in your case with no problem at all.  It combines both the phono preamp function with the USB interface required to digitize your vinyl collection.

I have a Technics SL-1200 with a Shure M97xe cartridge, and a Cambridge Audio Due Phono Preamp.

What audio interface with 24bit and 96 or 192 khz sampling would you recommend?
Is there any compact one that also provides xlr input with phantom power on a reasonable budget, in case I want to use a mic for other purposes?

Hi Ramón - 

Ideal for singer-songwriters and guitarists, the third-generation Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is a 2x2 USB audio interface offering high-performance hardware, customizable mic tone, and a creative software bundle. The two improved Scarlett microphone preamps feature switchable phantom power and selectable Air circuits, which add brightness based on Focusrite's legendary ISA preamplifier. The two XLR-1/4" combo inputs can also accept unbalanced instrument level from guitars and basses, and synthesizers and drum machines, or balanced line level from a mixing console or outboard preamps.

The 24-bit / 192 kHz converters ensure that signals are captured and reproduced with detail and clarity. Hook up headphones to the front-panel 1/4" jack and connect active speakers to the rear-panel balanced 1/4" monitor outputs, and enjoy independent control of the headphone and speaker volume settings. Since the Scarlett 2i2 is powered via USB, you can take it anywhere your Mac or Windows computer can go. The extensive software bundle includes music production software, virtual instruments, plug-in effects, loops, and more—plenty of tools to kick-start your inspiration.    https://bhpho.to/2WZvQR1  

Thanks for the nice article on by Sam Mallery on vinyl-to-pc conversions.  As this article is 4 years old, could you please confirm:

- B&H still recommends the ART USB Phono Plus analog to digital converter; and there is a USB connection from the converter to a PC

-What does B&H presently recommend for Audio production software?

-Is there any limitation on the length of the analog line from the stereo receiver to the converter, or from the converter to the PC? (I need 12 feet)

Thanks

Hi Gerald - 

I still recommend the  ART USB Phono Plus. There is a very large selection of  audio production software available.  GarageBand is included free with Apple Mac computers and there is also the free Audacity software described above. Keep the analog signal cables as short as possible to prevent any loss or unwanted noise.  With quality cables, a run of under 20 feet should not present any issues.

Hello there. 

Would I be able to digitalize my vinyl using a voice recorder? 

Hi Amir - 

Technically this may be possible, but at the risk of losing quite a bit of fidelity.

Hi  I wanted to ask your advice.  I want to convert my vinyl collection to the highest quality digital.  I have a Continuum turnable and use a Contellation Orion pre amp.  What audio interface or other options are there or do I need to connect directly to my computer?

Hi Mike  - 

The Behringer UCA202 (B&H # BEUCA202 ) is an ultra-compact, bus-powered interface that can link a Windows or Mac computer with any audio gear. There is no setup or special drivers needed.

The interface provides two analog inputs and outputs, as well as an additional S/PDIF optical output for direct digital conversion. The stereo headphone output with dedicated level control allows for monitoring both input and output.

The U-CONTROL download area at Behringer's website offers a huge software package for recording and editing making the interface a complete audio solution, which provides a connection between the analog and digital domain.

Ultra-flexible audio interface connects instruments, mixer etc. with a computer for recording and playback
High-resolution 48kHz converters for high-end audio quality
Works with a PC or Mac - no setup or drivers required
Stereo headphone output with dedicated level control allows for monitoring both input and output
Additional S/PDIF optical output for direct digital conversion
Powered via USB bus - no external power supply needed
Free audio recording and editing software downloadable at www.behringer.com
https://bhpho.to/30AtKYO 

I'm wondering if anyone can help? 

I have a Old Sony Stereo Music System HP-219A, I would like to use to record some old 78 rpm records to my laptop. For those of you that don't know of this stereo it was built in about 1975 and is a 3 in 1 unit. The external plugs at the back are only Tape Out Rec.

The question is, can it be done with this unit? 

I have been reading and researching, and have read reports that all I  need is a external sound card but the recording quality is reduced. So I have been looking at preamp's but am unsure if it could be used with this stereo system.

Also how do I hook it all up using a USB connection on the laptop? 

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Hi J.B. - 

The U-CONTROL UCA222 from Behringer (B&H # BEUCA222) is a low-cost solution for getting audio in and out of a computer. The USB 1.1 interface is USB bus powered and features two analog RCA phono inputs for connecting any line-level device, such as a mixer or tape deck, and two analog RCA phono outputs for connecting active speakers or studio monitors.

The interface also provides a stereo S/PDIF output on an optical connector. Headphone monitoring is via a stereo mini-jack with a dedicated volume control. No special setup or additional drivers are required, and wide computer operating system compatibility is available for both the Mac and Windows platforms. The interface includes a large selection of audio software.

USB 1.1 audio interface for connecting instruments, a mixer, consumer audio components with a computer for recording and playback
Stereo headphone output with dedicated level control allows for monitoring both input and output
Optical S/PDIF output for direct digital conversion
Includes energyXT2.5 Behringer Edition music production software, an audio/MIDI sequencer that loads almost instantaneously on all computer platforms
Includes Tracktion 4 audio production software via download
No additional drivers required
Powered via USB - no external power supply needed

Mark S. wrote:

Hi J.B. - 

The U-CONTROL UCA222 from Behringer (B&H # BEUCA222) is a low-cost solution for getting audio in and out of a computer. The USB 1.1 interface is USB bus powered and features two analog RCA phono inputs for connecting any line-level device, such as a mixer or tape deck, and two analog RCA phono outputs for connecting active speakers or studio monitors.

The interface also provides a stereo S/PDIF output on an optical connector. Headphone monitoring is via a stereo mini-jack with a dedicated volume control. No special setup or additional drivers are required, and wide computer operating system compatibility is available for both the Mac and Windows platforms. The interface includes a large selection of audio software.

USB 1.1 audio interface for connecting instruments, a mixer, consumer audio components with a computer for recording and playback
Stereo headphone output with dedicated level control allows for monitoring both input and output
Optical S/PDIF output for direct digital conversion
Includes energyXT2.5 Behringer Edition music production software, an audio/MIDI sequencer that loads almost instantaneously on all computer platforms
Includes Tracktion 4 audio production software via download
No additional drivers required
Powered via USB - no external power supply needed

  

Hello Mark S. 

Thank you very much for the information. 

I was looking at Behringer, but was worried about the Sony HP-219A stereo having a inbuilt preamp and adding another preamp with the Behringer. 

Can this be done or will it corse a conflict/bad recording with 2 preams recording? 

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. 

J.B

I just bought a Audio Technica AT-LP60 turntable to start recording my and (hopefully parts of) my uncle’s record collections. However I bought the non-USB model of the LP60. It has a internal pre amp I’m fairly certain. 

Can I still convert my records into my laptop or am I out of luck? I’m on a budget so if I need something beyond a simple RCA to 3.5mm adapter/cable I’d like to know what I’m getting into. 

Hi Renny -

Use the  ART USB Phono Plus (B&H # ARUSBPPPS), just be sure to set this device to LINE input.

After converting vinyl to digital, is there an easy way to connect the files to the digital data found on the internet?  This might include album art, linking individual songs into a single album, artist and album names, or whatever.  Thanks!

My preamp has all the inputs and outputs I should need to attempt digitizing my vinyl into my computer.

You've explained the 3 methods on how to do this ; but what if your turntable has the phono preamp

built in, as in the 1st version Stanton ST-150 ?

Hi Gregory - 

You can still use the ART USB Phono Plus Phono Preamp with USB (B&H # ARUSBPPPS), just be sure to set this device to LINE input.

I would llike to know if using Goldwave is better than Audacity? I am confused by what I am reading, on the method of phono amplifier hook up. I have Audio Technica AT-LP240-USB Direct Drive Turtable and a Sony STR-DE935 amp. Should I go that route or do I just hook the turntable directly into my Asus computer? The Asus Desktop PC is a CM6870 (i7) and has only a built in audio on the motherboard? Which way is the best way to go?

Hi Douglas - 

Audacity is easily the most popular as it is compatible with Windows and Mac. But Goldwave offers non-destructive editing for your audio files. Goldwave is compatible with windows but not the Mac OS. I would say that the Goldwave interface is easier to use for most folks.  

Audacity lacks dynamic equalizer controls and real time effects while recording.

Audacity does not natively import or export WMA, AAC, AC3 or most other proprietary or restricted file formats; rather, an optional FFmpeg library is required.

GoldWave supports a variety of file formats for opening and saving audio files. You can open files in WAV, MP3, XAC, AIFF, AIFC and other formats. Files can be saved to WAV, MP3, XAC, AIFF, AIFC, IFF and others. Conversion between popular file formats is also supported, for both files you’ve recorded with the software as well as any you upload from other compatible sources. 

All in all, the choice of software is somewhat subjective. Audacity has the larger community of users and is updated more frequently.

What are the hard disk storage requirements for a typical album containing about 40 minutes of music? I am about to embark on this project and want to be sure to get enough computer storage.

I recall when I did my collection, each LP was roughly a 500MB WAV file

I'm wondering if there's any inherent difference in sound quality between (1) vinyl to audio CD recorder, then converting the CD to WAV for editing, vs. (2) vinyl directly to computer WAV file for editing. I have the equipment to do either and understand both processes. Each has its pros and cons regarding convenience, but does anyone know if one method produces better sonic quality (of the initial, unedited WAV file) than the other?

This is perfect for what I was looking for. Thanks for the sharing. I always capture audio with a web-based software calls Acethinker Audio Recorder, free and works fairly well. Share it here as an alternative to audacity.

Oops! Sorry but do I require an interface for my system as described below, or otherwise? If I do need one, could anyone recommend me a quality equipment as opposed to cost? Thanks.

I have a Clearaudio Concept connected to a PassLabs XP-15 which in turn is connected to my Krell Phantom 3 preamp. Mt question is should I connect to the computer from the PassLabs phono preamp or from the Krell preamp? Question 2: Should I use a RCA to USB A connector or a RCA to 3.5mm connector, and is there any quality difference between them when digitizing my vinyls? Thanks

Have a Crosley 6001a.  Audacity records to the PC(Windows) just fine.  Have been flustered trying to create CDs.  Trying to create them so they can be played anywhere, but struggling even to get them to play on the PC.  The music track doesn't even show up in the directory.

 Hi Mike - 

If you are sure that a valid file has been created, then there may be an issue with your computer's sound card.  Make sure you have updated all software including Audacity. Butif the file is not showing up how can you be sue that the file is being created?   You may want to contact CROSLEY RADIO directly:

Im recording DJ mixes using 2 x 1210's a Vestax mixer and a Native Instruments Audio DJ 4 interface. Has anyone got on tips for settings in Audacity for this use?

Hi Paul - 

Please contact Audacity for support.  There are lots of comments in their forums: 

Audacity®  

If I read the transfer methods correctly all I need to record my LP recordings into my computer using my Stranton turntable and Yamaha amplifier is to connect a single audio interface device. Am I correct?. Thanks

Hello, Is it possible to use the USB feature with 2 lp60 turntables through your computer using audacity both USB cables would be connected to the computer .  I'm trying to make a personal mix for myself. 

Hi Matthew - 

Both turntables cannot send USB data streams simultaneously to your computer for processing via the Audacity software.  Transfer your vinyl first, then create the mixes with software.

Great how-to article, trading off cost and complexity.  What seems missing is audio quality.  LP owners are likely to be audiophiles and may be more interested in capturing the quality of vinyl than "carrying their entire collection in a shirt pocket".  I would guess that USB turntables are, if not low-quality, at least undetermined quality.   Using phono outputs direct to computer and doing RIAA EQ in the computer is another option placing the least number of devices in the chain.  Anyway, I'm no expert myself, but would appreciate if any updates to this article included some facts and test data about converting LP tracks to high-quality digital files.  

I have been merrily digitizing my lp's (did cassettes first, about 700, with no issues), using a TEAC LP-R550USB with direct line-in to my computer and Audacity 2.0.0 and saving as MP3 files. I traveled for four months and, when I returned, tried to resume recording, but I'm getting no input (just flat-line). I downloaded a newer version of Audacity (2.1.0), but have the same problem with it. I can't adjust the input slider, as it just slides back to zero; but I've had that problem all along and it never was an issue, because the turntable has a USB recording level switch that seems to override Audacity. Any thoughts or ideas? I have 4,000 lp's to digitize and about 2,500 cd's after that and I'm only on "FE" on the lp's, alphabetically. I bought this unit because it'll transfer cassettes, lp's and cd's as well, which is my next project. I guess it might be the USB cable; but it worked fine before I unplugged it for the four months. Help!

Hi Paul -

Unfortunately, Audacity is freeware and we do not offer suppoprt for it.  contact Audacity directly ot contact TEAC directly.  Replace the cable - this is typically the best, most convenient and quickest solution.  

AUDACITY

Paul,

How much storage is each of your lps typically taking on your hard drive? You appear to have quite an extensive collection which will take a lot of time to transfer. I am about to embark on a similar mission as I recently retired and want to travel with our music collection, but I am concerned about the amount of computer storage that I will need and the time it will take to make the transfers.

Jeff

Hi,

Transfereing of Vinyl to MP3 files / CD

I am very new to this & have read lots of differing advice. I am considering using a B & O turntable with a Sansui amp which as a variety of inputs & out puts. From one of the outputs, I intend to connect to my PC utilizing the blue 3.5mm audio input via a  top quality RCA ( 2 phono to 3.5mm stereo ) cable.Is this the best way to go, or do I require an audio interface?

Regards,

Julian    

Hi Julian - 

You will need an interface as the phono signal needs to be digitized before it is sent to the computer via USB.

The ART USB Phono Plus is a flexible phono (turntable) preamp with a USB interface and digital connections. The USB Phono Plus is an ideal solution for quality recordings while digitizing old vinyl collections, connecting a turntable to a line input, or as a simple audio interface for your Windows or Mac OS computer. There are optical digital inputs and outputs, S/PDIF input and analog preamp outputs. Also featured is a headphone output, gain control and monitor level adjustment controls. A line / phono input switch allows for line or turntable signals to pass, and a low-cut filter switch eliminates hum, rumble and other low frequency artifacts associated with vinyl recordings.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

 Hi. Really enjoyed your article. What format do you think gives the best play back sound

mp3,wva,wma etc. The albums I recorded sound A little tinny.Also what adjustment is best

for removing clicks and static.

Thanks: Marty

Hi Marty - 

You will need to consider your playback device before digitizing your vinyl.  .WAV files offer CD quality, but MP3 format can work fine and use less storage space on your computer's HDD or your portable device.   I would not recommend archiving your vinyl via .WMA files as there are limited portable playback device choices available.  That format was developed for the Windows OS.

In your example demonstrating using the outputs of a stereo receiver, is it still necessary to have have some kind of interface between the receiver and PC? Can I use an RCA to USB cable directly from my receiver output to the USB on my computer?

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