Analogue into computer

By David Guy
Aug 25, 2005
  1. Hi All

    Would somebody be able to advise me on how I can record my LP's on to CD disks or my hard drive, I want to play this music on my computer.

    Thanks in advance

    Dave Guy
  2. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    Hi David,

    If you have a typical soundcard with a microphone or line-in jack, you can likely do this with a simple adapter from RadioShack or other electronics store.

    What you are looking for is an adapter that has a mini-phono jack on one-side, and a pair of RCA (female) on the other for Left/Right (White and Red RCA female jacks).

    They look like something like this:

    (If that link doesn't work, copy the URL and paste it into a new browser's URL address bar).

    Then you simply hook the output of your stereo with LP player to the computer and can use any windows recording program to record and convert to WAV, MP3 or whathaveyou.

    Good luck!
  3. abatage

    abatage TS Rookie Posts: 25


    Just wanted to add (in case there was any confusion) that you need to record the LP in real time - as if you were recording it to cassette, but this time the cassette is the computer software that records it to a file and then is ready to be burned to a CD.

    Play around with the input and output levels of your computer and turntable to get the best end result as well - it is easy to record it with either too much signal or not enough - the best way that I find to do this is to record a bit and then play it back and compare that to a professional CD recording - if the levels are about the same then you have probably got it just right =)

    I use Adobe Audition to record things, but if you don't want to pay for software then there are plenty of free programs around. I then use CDex to convert the recording to MP3 and then Nero to burn the tracks to disk.

    Have fun! The cool thing about copying all your LPs onto CD is that you get to listen to them all at the same time!
  4. David Guy

    David Guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19



    Thanks for all the advice I will get on to it

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