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westgroveg
post Jul 9 2004, 08:57
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I am thinking of starting to take on the task of converting my, my friends, my family's LPs, 78s, 45s to digital, CD's, I would like to do this with the best possible quality & find an easy, standard way of doing it so my mind can be at peace the process was done as best as possible & I won't have to do it again. These are questions I have,

Question 1. What hardware would be best as far as quality/price? I was thinking of getting a Darla Recording Sound Card would this be a good choice? what about Phono (I have no idea about this)?

Question 2. I want to get the best possible quality so I will clean the Vinyl records, what's the best way to do this?

Question 3. What software should I use to record the audio? Cool Edit? Sound Forge? others?

Question 4. Should clicks and crackles be filtered? if so which is (are) the best tool(s)?

Question 5. Can anyone recommend a guide to read?


Thank you

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post Nov 24 2004, 01:46
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Hi wink.gif ; I have recorded many LP's to my PC with COOL EDIT PRO v1.2a; and cleaned the recorded tracks with the option: Transform (menu) --> Noise Reduction --> Click/Pop Eliminator ----> Hiss + Lots of clicks (preset). I am very happy with the results smile.gif smile.gif .
wink.gif One trick is clean each channel lonely (L - R) of each recorded track; not the two channels at the same time... With this technique I get better results... cool.gif

In the other hand my hardware combination is very simple:

One PI-233Mhz, 64M Ram, running Windows 95, with old soundblaster 16 bit.

One old FISHER amplifier, with RIAA preamp included...

One direct drive TECHNICS turntable, very old too...

One old, but very good cartridge: EMPIRE 2000 E/III, with
elliptical diamond stylus [0.2 X 0.7 mil];
weight and tracking force applied: Only 1.2 gm.

I recorded many LP's with good results...

I have one sample HERE: Test.zip [Right click, and "Save target as..."]

VERY IMPORTANT!! : The test sample is a old heavy metal vynil from 1981, this LP have 23 years old!!!! sweat.gif , but is a good example to show the ability of COOL EDIT PRO in this old vynil....

The electric connections are simple:

OUTPUT CABLES (including ground (GND)) of the turntable ---> PHONO PREAMP input of my FISHER amplifier...

REC LINE OUT for Tape Deck (of my FISHER amp.) ---> LINE IN of my PC (old soundblaster 16 bit...)

THAT'S ALL !!!

P.D.: sorry my bad english...

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post Nov 24 2004, 14:13
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QUOTE (Gray_Wolf @ Nov 24 2004, 12:46 AM)
Hi  wink.gif ; I have recorded many LP's to my PC with COOL EDIT PRO v1.2a; and cleaned the recorded tracks with the option: Transform (menu) --> Noise Reduction --> Click/Pop Eliminator ----> Hiss + Lots of clicks (preset). I am very happy with the results  smile.gif  smile.gif .
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A lot of people on the old Cool Edit forums reported getting great results with CEP.

I could never understand it. As much as I love CEP for other things, I've found its automatic declicking (and, to a lesser extent, its denoising) to be fairly poor. It's probably because I mainly do 78s, but even for LPs I found it to be hard work. The Sonic Foundry NR-2 direct X plug-in is faster, better and easier to use. Cheaper too, though I use it from within CEP, so it's not either/or for me.

X-waves restoration is another amazing piece of software when it comes to removing crackle (rather than just clicks) but is too expensive.

However, the "fill single click" function in CEP is great. I've also found many uses for it beyond fixing record clicks.

Cheers,
David.
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- westgroveg   LP to CD Conversion   Jul 9 2004, 08:57
- - Jan S.   This guide is vrey good: http://www.delback.co.uk/...   Jul 9 2004, 11:21
- - magic75   If price is an issue... Q3: I like Waverepair, for...   Jul 9 2004, 11:39
- - Pio2001   QUOTE (westgroveg @ Jul 9 2004, 08:57 AM)Ques...   Jul 9 2004, 12:31
|- - DonP   QUOTE (Pio2001 @ Jul 9 2004, 06:31 AM)If you ...   Nov 23 2004, 20:24
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (DonP @ Nov 23 2004, 07:24 PM)I have a ...   Nov 24 2004, 12:36
- - toomuch   "Question 4. Should clicks and crackles be fi...   Jul 9 2004, 15:37
- - dev0   Personally I always leave the recording untouched ...   Jul 9 2004, 15:46
- - DerEber   me too .... untouched!! in some rear cases...   Jul 9 2004, 16:50
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|- - magic75   QUOTE (gordo @ Jul 9 2004, 08:59 AM)Prior to ...   Nov 23 2004, 13:07
|- - gordo   There may be an issue for a non-integer ratio samp...   Nov 23 2004, 19:59
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|- - rhadinocentrus   Hello Changfest, ? I pickup subsonics on your sam...   Nov 23 2004, 22:54
- - Gray_Wolf   Hi ; I have recorded many LP's to my PC with...   Nov 24 2004, 01:46
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (Gray_Wolf @ Nov 24 2004, 12:46 AM)Hi...   Nov 24 2004, 14:13
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ Nov 24 2004, 02:13 PM)A lo...   Nov 25 2004, 12:04
|- - auldyin   I also have been using Wave Corrector and have to ...   Nov 25 2004, 17:01
- - Vietwoojagig   QUOTE (westgroveg @ Jul 9 2004, 08:57 AM)Ques...   Nov 24 2004, 14:40
- - ChangFest   QUOTE A lot of people on the old Cool Edit forums ...   Nov 24 2004, 18:30
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