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#1 OfficeTime8889

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:06 PM

I was just gifted a USB Turntable (ION TTUSB10) to digitize my records.  My first time giving the process a try I recorded Cocaine Piñata's Side A (not that it matters) and, unfortunately, I'm not pleased with the sound quality.  I was hoping that being able to convert my records to MP3's would give me more reason to buy LP's and distance myself from CD's but I can't make that move just yet.  

 

What experience do you guys have with converting your records to MP3?  Also, are there any products (either hardware and software) you would recommend based on first-hand accounts?



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:50 PM

Use your HiFi turntable: record the signal with a DAW through your phono preamp, then through a high quality ADC, via an audio interface(anything semi pro-ish should work). Throw the ion in the trash, or try to sell it

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 11:29 PM

That's what I would do at least. Those ions have crap needles, tonearms, motors, belts, and platters. Seriously everything sucks on them

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 11:37 PM

 

 

Word.  I'm just happy to know that there is a way to digitize records while not compromising their sound.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 09:08 AM

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i have one of these plugged in directly to my analog turntable via RCA...never had an issue whatsoever, unless the LP itself was in poor condition.  but even then, it seems like a direct transfer from analog to digital-- and it's way simpler than any other method i've read about on the internet.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 09:51 AM

I always run it through the turntable, through the mixer, through the MPC, and onto an audio program.  Liek grifty, but more unnecesary and complictaed.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 10:38 AM

I remember originally trying to make digital copies of records, not very fun. These days I just download the record or play it on my Google Play all access stuff when on the go/etc. 



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 12:13 PM

It's only going to sound as good as your equipment. Audiophile nonsense when it comes to vinyl is a large can of worms that's barely worth opening. I had some old dude at a shop in San Jose play a record for me on a $150,000.00 set up. It was breathtaking..... I'm sure THAT would be the best way to digitize your music....(plus like ten grand for a mastering interface)

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 04:16 PM

Try recording in wav format at the highest sample rate. If you're having trouble with pops' hums crackles or anything like that you can use a record cleaning kit and Isotope RX software to clean it up.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 09:27 AM

Recording anything to mp3 fucks the sound, Wav or Flac yes please, but the mp3 can go home, it compresses and not in a good way, 16 bit wav or 24, doesn't matter, as the vinyl will be 16 bit you record from.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 09:59 AM

I'm OK with mp3s. 320 kbps is my sweet spot. Actual scientists have tested and decided the difference is negligible/imperceptible to human hearing.

As a side note, I'm gonna use my old ion TT as a platter for a DIY record vac
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