View Full Version : Requesting advice: Vinyl -> Computer

2005-02-24, 10:57 PM
I'm using a Dual 1218 turntable, connected to my computer via line-in from my stereo, to put some old vinyl recordings onto my computer as audio data.

I think I should be using EAC to do this, but I don't know how, so I'd appreciate it if somebody could be so kind as to point out how to do this.

I'm also thinking of cleaning up sound quality in Adobe Audition 1.5 - should I just be using the Effects -> Noise Reduction menu, or are there special methods I should be using to clean up vinyl recordings? Any links are also appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

2005-02-25, 06:29 AM
record with Audition, not EAC.

check over here too

2005-02-25, 03:40 PM
What's a 'turntable'?

2005-02-25, 04:37 PM
Use Audition to record your vinyl - open audition and get your levels set and then hit record and drop the arm. Save the whole album as a .wav - you can edit out the flip. As far as noise reduction you can go through and manually remove major pops just get in there as tight as possible. I have never used Audition NR but I think a good general rule is backup your untouched original so you can always compare NR vs. no NR to make sure you aren't removing parts of the music.

2005-02-26, 01:12 AM
Excuse my ignorace, but what do you mean by "get your levels set"?
Thanks for the help so far!

A turntable is what you use to play records. Some people use them to scratch vinyls (generally DJs) for the unique sound it generates. It spins around with the record on it while an arm with a pickup on the end moves along grooves in the vinyl to read the data. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phonograph#Turntable_technology
And a picture here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:TurntablesWWOZ.jpg

2005-02-26, 01:21 PM

2005-02-26, 07:33 PM
check the wikipedia for a cassette deck reference on 'levels' . . . seriously though put your Audition into record mode and have a record playing look at the green meters bouncing along and adjust the 'line in' slider on whatever little app is associated with your soundcard to control levels and set the line in level so the Audition meters are averaging -6 db or so - just don't go above 0db and don't record too soft either

here is a link to some real hardcore turntable porn: http://theanalogdept.com/systems_gallery.htm

2005-02-26, 07:52 PM
a turntable needs a special kind of amplification, different than, say, a cassette deck.

so get your best amp, take a line out of the back and get the adapters to input it into the "line in" (NOT MIC IN!!) of your soundcard. You can set input levels using the windows (or creative or whatever) mixer, usually found in the tray.

You want a healthy level, but in the digital world even one red light (clip) is unacceptable. You'll probably have to take a couple passes to find the correct levels for recording.