Recording LP's to CD - quality of sound chip

  david-338461 13:10 11 Jul 2003

I want to transfer my LP collection to CD.
I am purchasing suitable software for the task (Fasttrak Audio Clean Deluxe), but am wondering about the quality of my PC's sound system. I have a PC Chips 810LMR motherboard with built in sound.
Is this good enough quality (i.e S/N ratio etc) for the job, or do I need a dedicated sound card?
If I need a card, what is the best budget card, Creative 5.1, Videologic or Hercules.

Any advice would be appreciated.

  h04x 13:59 11 Jul 2003

so u have these files saved on ur HDD? if u are copying these files straight off ur HDD to CD then the sound card does not matter as it is only the data that matters, if the files are high quality then the cd will b high quality, the sound card has nothing to do with the quality of sound from files being transferred to cd, hope this helps a bit, sorry if i have mis-understood ur problem,

best regards, h04x

  BillEmm 14:34 11 Jul 2003

Back in the good old days when we all 'built' our HiFi systems from a wide selection of units I was given a very good piece of advice from a specialist.

The two most important bits of any HiFi gear are the record player and the speakers. If either of these items is of poor quality then there is no point in buying a top of the range amplifier.

The same applies to your situation.

If you have an average record player, an average 'cleaning' program, old LPs etc then there is nothing to be gained by spashing out on a quality audio card.

Magix Audio Cleaning V3 is a good program and is good value for money (must be V3 - previous versions were very poor)ut it is not top drawer. The best programs are very expensive.

Try it out without a new audio card - if you feel something can be gained by installing something better than you have then you can do it later.


  philwane 15:35 11 Jul 2003

BillEmm is right when he says
"If you have an average record player, an average 'cleaning' program, old LPs etc then there is nothing to be gained by spashing out on a quality audio card."

I transferred my vinyl collection on to CD about 18 months ago I used a Michell Reference Turntable with Ortofon moving coil cartridge I used a Moving coil preamp to input the signal into the sound card because the output of the moving coil is so low, if you are using a moving magnet cartridge you dont need the preamp you will need a special lead i.e. left & right phono to minature stereo jack.

I used a Creative SB PCI 128 soundcard and the software I used was Adaptec (now Roxio)Easy CD Creator 4 this has a program called Spin Doctor that lets you record your Vinyl or Audio Tapes onto your hard drive ready for burning, and it comes with the special lead to connect to the soundcard.

It also has a clean up facility with it to remove crackle and hiss if needed but be very careful with this if you overdo it you soon degrade the music. The cleaner the Vinyl the better the results.

I am very happy with the results I got and I hope you will be happy with yours which ever way you decide to do it

  toxin 15:54 11 Jul 2003

I have an SIS 7018 audio chip on my mobo, and have recently tranferred my lp/cassette collection onto the HDD, and burnt to CD.

Playback quality is better after a clean-up with Audio Cleaning Lab 3, I get a much cleaner sound now by playing back direct from the lossless WMA files on HDD, to my Denon HiFi. rather than using the original master.

You may need to experiment with line input volume and I advise only use CDR discs and burn at a speed not exceeding 16X.

Hope this helps, Toxin.

  david-338461 12:29 17 Jul 2003

Thanks folks, some excellent advice there. I did not know EASY CD creator had a recorder program I only have an early freebie version thrown in with the CD-R.

I will certainly try a recording with my existing set up as you suggest.

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