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Category: Miscellaneous Applications

63. How do I digitize vinyl records?

The turntable I use is a Denon DF26F which has since been replaced with this: This turntable has a built in RIAA equilizer and provides the correct signal to the computer needing no extra amp. It comes with a cartridge and lists for $149. The only thing needed is a RCA Y Stereo Jack to 1/8" Stereo Plug. (about 5 bucks at Radio Shack) If you use a turntable without a pre amp then you'll need to connect to a stereo amp first.
The cable plugs into the sound in (mic) port. In my case I booted into "Mac OS 9.2" in the Extensions Manager CP to disable the Live! sound card which was giving me conflicts.
The software used is CDSpin Doctor which comes with Toast. I'm using OS 9.2.1, Toast 4.1.2 Deluxe, CDSpin Doctor 1.
Once the record starts you hit record and let it go until the end. You can mess with the gain, there's a light meter to show peaks. Hit stop when you're done. From there you can do an "auto detect tracks" and have the tracks identified. From there you can run filters for hiss and pop, and a couple of others. You can select all or portions to filter. The resulting file is an AIFF and you can send it right to Toast within the app to burn a CD. G


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