Recording from vinyl.

Discussion in 'General Music' started by hawkeye, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. hawkeye


    Feb 29, 2016
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    This has probably been done to death on other posts but here goes.
    I have double LP of The Story of the Who, it has been played just three times since i first got it in the mid 70's. They were all made to tape and long since gone. I want to make a digital recording to put on my USB stick for use in my car. I will be making the recording on my Mac with Audacity. The actual connection from turntable to Mac is not that easy in that i have to get a USB to Phono adapter, thats on it's way.
    I know that the recording may well sound bad as there will be all kinds of noise picked up, this can be cleaned in Audacity though i am not sure what the end results will be like. I have done this on a PC with excellent results.
    What i would like the know is whats the best bit rate to use, i'm not worried about size of files as i will convert the files later to MP3 for ease of use.
    hawkeye, Jun 8, 2018
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  2. hawkeye


    May 31, 2012
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    Use 32bit float as you'll be manipulating the files to clean them up, then reduce them to 16 bit with dither once you're satisfied with the result.

    I would sample at 44.1kHz as this gives you the option to burn to CD without necessitating any sample-rate-conversion. LP doesn't have anything above 20kHz except noise, so there's no point in sampling higher than 44.1kHz.

    If you've already done this on a PC, then you should be familiar with the noise-reduction process. I've done a few myself, and have found it's best to treat lightly, as a little noise is better than the artefacts created by excessive noise reduction. Clicks are a lot easier to deal with.

    Sergeauckland, Jul 3, 2018
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