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Digitizing Record Records

Analog becomes digital, you digitize your recordings in this way. Record lovers want to take one or the other album with them printed on the vinyl. Here is an overview of the digitization of plates.

There are many reasons to digitize your recording collection. Recordings aren’t particularly good in any of these areas if you want to listen to your music in the car, save space, or combine different songs into a post-breakup playlist. The record players in the car have long belonged to a different era, black gold is too heavy and looks bulky at the moment when the record is not in place on the shelf.

Additionally, the listener is often forced to listen to the album all at once. Therefore, more and more record lovers are turning to hardware and software to keep their treasures digital. And that doesn’t make sense, because vinyl is getting more and more wear with every listening. In principle, you draw soft vinyl with a thin stone.

Proper Preparation For the Next Sound is Very Important

Therefore, before you start converting analog to digital, you should first check whether the turntable is in a place where the recording cannot be affected by any impact noise. You should check the angle of the needle to the plate, especially if you are giving a good, noise-free appreciation that does not require a lot of finishing. Ideally, it is exactly 90 degrees. Also, if you adjust the tracking force of the turntable with the help of weights before you start recording, your ears will thank you.

As well as the well-prepared turntable, it is equally important that the record does not crack continuously due to dust and dirt in the grooves while playing. In the worst case, it might sound boring. There are various ways to clean a recording, but the easiest way is to scrub it with the so-called antistatic recording brush. They are sold for as little as 8 euros and seem to last a few lifetimes.

Digitalize With An Old Analog Player

It is of course important to know what kind of turntable you want to digitize your recordings now. If you are the proud owner of an analog recorder that doesn’t have any digital connectivity then you need a phono preamplifier. However, the analog signals of the record player are equalized, amplified, and brought to frequencies at which a stereo system, or in this case a laptop, can work. In order for the small device to be connected directly to a laptop, you must make sure that the phono preamplifier has a USB output.

The Power Dynamics PDX015 has such a USB output and even comes with an associated USB 2.0 cable. Price: 45 Euro. The turntable is then connected first to the phono preamplifier, which then connects to the notebook’s line input connector. Meanwhile, the line input connection corresponds to the microphone input on a regular laptop.

Made for Digitalization

On the other hand, a recording player with a USB port was made for digitizing vinyl. And indeed, with this practical combination, producers have responded to the needs of today’s record collectors to digitally archive their music forever and listen to it everywhere. Turntables with USB connectivity usually have a built-in phono preamplifier so they can be connected directly to a computer using a USB cable.

Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB is very convenient. The driver is suitable for DJs thanks to the direct drive, a phono preamplifier is already installed and the digital/analog converter enables digitization via the USB input. For a reasonable price of 250 Euros, you get a solid turntable where you only have to make small sound breaks in the digital end product.

Final Step The Right Software

With the right turntable or the appropriate accessories for your “Ride the Treasures” project, the only thing missing is the right software for recording. There are some good programs out there for your purpose. The free program “Audacity“, which you can easily download from the associated website, is popular. It is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. After a short training period, implementation is fairly easy and the program is clearly arranged.

In addition, “Audacity” can save files in a variety of formats. We recommend the FLAC format in which your music is recorded lossless but still compressed. MP3 files take up even less space but are not lossless. Or you choose AIFF or WAV, where individual files require a lot of storage space. The digital recorder also makes it possible to organize tracks. “Audacity”, includes the automatic splitting of tracks followed by removal of noise and crackles that may be perceived as annoying.

A Job That Takes Time

Depending on the size of the record collection you want to digitize, we are talking about a more or less time-consuming project. However, if you decide to live in peace, especially with the characteristic crackles and crackles of digital recording, your record collection will be with you wherever you go. Even if the records are actually quite far away. And this is precisely when the time taken to separate music from your physical body is precious.

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