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January 1, 2007

Converting Vinyl (Records) to Digital

I've been resisting converting any of my vinyl to digital ever since getting back into listening to my record collection. I did a sample conversion back then by capturing a few songs and converting them to mp3. The music quality was pretty dissapointing moving from vinyl to mp3, so I've stuck to listening to the pure vinyl.

Yesterday I got an iMic as a gift and am pleased with the results. The turntable connects directly to the iMic RCA connector, which is then piped into the computer via a USB connection.

The iMic comes with Final Vinyl (free download, but only works with iMic) for OS X which is a great program for recording and slicing up the audio. The tool is simple, but has all the key options for capturing audio. This statement from the Final Vinyl documentation sums up nicely what the application is all about:

We’ve put much thought and effort into making Final Vinyl the easiest and most efficient way to transfer your sound library to digital media, with the highest quality results.

The program lets you capture and then easily mark points between songs and cut leading and trailing audio. Makes it really simple to convert an LP to digital audio, saving creates separate songs based on the marked audio. The audio capture is CD quality, 32 bit at 44.1 kHz.

Posted by mike at January 1, 2007 7:51 PM