Transfer your vinyl records to CD
To transfer your vinyl records to CD may seem like you need to be a technical genius but, in actual fact, it is quite a simple thing to do, all you need is a working PC, suitable software, a turntable, and audio leads.
To record your music to your hard drive requires playing it in real-time on a turntable that is connected to your PC and recording the sounds with suitable software, you also need to listen very carefully to the music just in case the needle jumps on the track during recording, as this will spoil the recording and you will have to start over.
If your vinyl record is damaged in such a way that you notice the needle jumping in exactly the same place when you are listening to it, cleaning the vinyl with a good quality record cleaner may help, as will putting a little bit of weight, in the form of a small coin, on the tonearm can sometimes cure this.
Connecting the turntable to the PC.
There are several ways that you can do this;
Connect your turntable to your hi-fi via the auxiliary port with a suitable cable and then, in turn, connect the hi-fi to your PC’s sound card from the headphone jack on the hi-fi to the line in jack on the PC using a stereo male jack to jack hi-fi cable.
Use a preamp to make the connection between your turntable and your PC. These can be bought from most good PC, electrical stores etc.
Use a USB turntable that plugs in directly to your PC via the USB port.
I prefer method 3 because it is up to date and is built for purpose technology, i.e; USB turntables have been made with the PC audio enthusiast in mind. I have used method one but sometimes the results have not been that good and I have never tried method 3 so I am unable to comment on this.
You will also need some suitable software to record your sound waves to your PCs hard drive and what you use here is a matter of preference, some USB turntables come with software, but you do not have to use this as you may get better results with third-party software.
There is also free software available for downloading, you will just need to do a search.
A large hard drive with plenty of space on it is required, as recorded wave files are quite large and take up lots of room.
Once you have recorded your music to your hard drive, you will be able to actually see the music in the form of a wave file in your chosen software and you will be able to edit and enhance it in several ways.
Editing your music.
From the beginning of the track you can remove the rumble of the needle on the record before the music starts so that after your file is burnt to a cd, it will start playing at the exact time the music starts and also you can remove the same rumble noise at the end of the track.
You can also remove scratches and click noises that are pertaining to vinyl records and enhance the recording with a more vibrant sound so it will be near to CD quality.
If you have recorded a whole vinyl album of tracks, you will be able to remove the gap between the tracks and have both sides of the album joined together in one wave file so it becomes ready for burning on to a cd.
Saving your music.
After editing is finished you will be able to burn them to cd or convert all the tracks into MP3 files and store them onto your PC’s hard drive just as you do if you had bought and downloaded them from an online store.
Of course, your results will depend on the equipment and the software that you use and the better quality software will give you better results.
Have you tried to transfer your old LP’s and 45’s to CD, did you use any of the methods mentioned here or do you know of a different method that you tried, how did it work for you, let me know by leaving a comment below so we can all improve our digital lives.