How to convert LPs to disk form

  Stuartli 00:08 22 Aug 2005

This question is often raised in the forums and this excellent article may prove of assistance:

click here

  GaT7 00:23 22 Aug 2005

Stuartli, I followed your PSU link (from another thread) - the site rocks! There's a wealth of info, written in easy to understand, non-geeky language. Have bookmarked the site. Thanks : )) G

  Happy Soul 00:51 22 Aug 2005

Thanks Stuartli bookmarked the site. Thanks HS

  Kev.Ifty 01:24 22 Aug 2005


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  daba 22:03 22 Aug 2005

Before you all go out and buy a 'receiver'...

Pages 5-6 of the 'article' say that you cannot connect the turntable output directly to the PC 'line-in', and that you will have to have a 'receiver'.

By that he means you need a piece of kit that can take the signal from the turntable's pickup, apply RIAA equalisation and boost the signal to the level required by the PC input jack socket. This piece of kit is called a pre-amplifier, or pre-amp for short.

In many cases (particularly in recent years since the down-turn in sales of hi-fi's and 'music centres' that incorporate a turntable), manufacturers have often NOT provided a means of connecting a turntable directly into the system. Those that offer a turntable often use an AUX input on their system boxes for the connection of the turntable. Now an AUX (auxiliary) input is generally accepted as being an input driven by a pre-amp, and could be used for connecting say a Games Machine, an external tape deck, the telly, the DVD player under the telly, the Sky box, etc. etc.

This means that the turntable they supply with the hi-fi or music centre has already got the required pre-amp built in, and therefore the leads that connect to the main unit's AUX input are entirely suitable for connecting to the 'line-in' socket on your PC.

Many 'music centre' and hifi manufacturers have gone down this route in the past 5-8 years, and in fact I know of at least two manufacturers that use exactly the same turntable (although the outer skin is different to match the styling of the unit it is sold with).

In a nutshell, if you have a music centre/hi-fi with a turntable, check under the mat on the platter (the thing that goes round), and you may see a hole. Put the hole at 12 o'clock and there just might be a switch under the platter. This switch enables/disables the built-in pre-amp on the deck. If you have such a turntable with the switch then you CAN connect it directly to the PC line-in socket. You may need an adapter cable (like 2 phono socckets to 3.5 mm Jack Plug), but that is all

I am repeating info I posted in a previous thread, but I'm avoiding 'My Postings' as requested. When the 'ban' is lifted I could post the link....


  marty p 22:13 22 Aug 2005

if like me you dont have an upto date turntable you could do worse than try to get hold of clean plus which has a phono pre amp and softwear it was made by stienburg but i dont know who manufactures it now

  josie mayhem 22:54 22 Aug 2005

I have a new midi turn table, and another that is about 5-6 years old. And on the underneath is a switch to turn the pre-amp on and off.

I have this stright into my line-in on my sound blaster and I get perfect recordings, unless the LP needs a clean-up on it.

To over come the problem of the speaker connectors from the deck to amp/aux, I got a cople of rca extention blocks which I use to connect a 2-1 rca cable to my line in (connectors are available either from a music (kit) shop or from any specialist telly/audio shop))

A total cost of less than a tenner if you discount software and deck. But the deck cost under £50

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