[LAU] from cassette/LP to cd (which hardware?)

Jan Depner eviltwin69 at cableone.net
Tue Dec 18 20:40:09 EST 2007

On Tue, 2007-12-18 at 19:30 -0600, Jan Depner wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-12-18 at 17:03 +0100, Emiliano Grilli wrote:
> > Tuesday, 18 December 2007 alle 15:17:56, Studio 32 ha scritto:
> > > 
> > > Thanks for the advices (still welcome).
> > > 
> > > What about the hardware part? Just a LP player, and a onboard
> > > soundcard? And how should I make the connection?
> > 
> > You can't plug the turntable directly to the soundcard, you have to use
> > a preamp that has  RIAA equalization:
> > 
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RIAA_equalization
> > 
> > Typical home stereo amplifiers have that on the "phono" input.
> > You can then take the "tape" outputs to the computer.
> > 
> > Or you can try to fix the eq in software but even if I've never tried I
> > don't think it sounds as good. I believe that there are some modern
> > preamps that have a phono input (m-audio, maybe?) but I've never
> > investigated them so much.
> > 
>     Very simple solution.  Run the turntable outputs into ANY kind of
> preamp, run the preamp into JAMin using the RIAA EQ curve (included in
> the examples directory), record with Ardour or other JACK enabled
> recorder.

    Oops.  Forgot to mention GWC (Gnome Wave Cleaner).  Also, record at
the highest rate you can - I record mine at 96KHz.  The filters in GWC
(and others) do less damage that way.  In addition, if you've got a ton
of scratches, wash the records first in a light detergent and, this may
sound odd, but you can eliminate a lot or the scratch and crackle by
recording with a little standing water on the record (of course it may
not be the best thing for your cartridge, but it didn't seem to bother
mine at all ;-)

Jan 'Evil Twin' Depner

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of 
arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to 
skid in sideways, chardonnay in one hand, chocolate in the other, body 
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming 'WOO HOO, what a ride'"

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