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05-13-2008, 12:00 AM
Just playing with this at the moment but I have read that I can connect a turntable playing vinyl records to the line in jack of my soundcard,save the music and then burn it to cd.I have a lot of old vinyl records.
Am I kidding myself with this? Is it so easy?
Can I just just connect a headphone jack to the wire from the turntable and plug it in the line in.
Seems too simple but is it possible? Money is short so don't want to go overboard.

05-13-2008, 02:40 AM
You will need a receiver to amplify your signal. Another piece to your recording your vinyl collection is software. Check out INport Deluxe "record from your stereo to your computer" kit. It has everything you need to hook your stereo to your computer and can record anything that is plugged into it. It runs $79.99 at Best Buy

05-13-2008, 06:49 AM
Thanks codaman,
looks like I can do this ok then.I was talking to a bloke in the second hand shop and he uses a program called ,"Spin it Again".
Thanks for the advice we'll see how it goes.
Got a couple of adapters etc to get yet.

05-13-2008, 08:06 AM
Back again.About the receiver part,what is meant by this? Will I need an amplifier between the turntable and computer or will the computer act as one?
Thanks again.

05-13-2008, 08:16 AM
I've seen it done with out the amp. the level comming in will be lower then what it should be though. The reciever or amplifier mentioned is just something that will boost the signal. This is needed because the signal comming from your Turntable will be lower then a regular mic level. Audacity can do the recording for you also .(the nice thing is that it is free, and somewhat simple to use.)

05-13-2008, 08:37 AM
Yes,I thought about Audacity as it is in the ubuntu add/remove applications.

05-13-2008, 01:28 PM
i would, for best results, would get an amp or receiver. The nice thing about the
kit I recommended it had all the cables, a usb box that they plugged into and very good software.

05-13-2008, 07:13 PM
Hi codaman,
I did'nt realise that the inport deluxe came with all that aquipment.Seems like a good deal.
Don't know if it is available in Australia tho.

05-13-2008, 08:18 PM
Any amp or receiver will work to record from any source to the computer
ALL that is required is an adapter to go from RCA out put to the 1/8 plug

Like this one
Y-Splitter (http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2479016&cp=&pg=2&sr=1&origkw=rca+adapter&kw=rca+adapter&parentPage=search)

Just connect everything to the amp
Then plug in the Y to the rca outputs ( I use tape 2) of the amp and the 1/8th to the input of your sound card

Start the recording software of your choice and your up and running

I have been doing it for years
Very old and very large collection of vinyl

I use the Roxio Creator from version 5 and up to record audio
It even has a scratch filter in it

$10.00 plus your current amp/receiver/stereo and your up and flying
Unless you need the software also
Then search for the Free audio recorder software around the web

05-14-2008, 02:43 AM
Thanks Rick,
Got the rca to 3.5 mm plug adapter and I think i'm just about ready to give this a go when I get a chance.I have connected my turntable up to the cd/line in on an old radio and it plays but the volume on the radio needs to be full up to hear it.Asked about it at the shop and the man said it's probably the old radio.
Thanks everyone for the input.

05-14-2008, 06:48 AM
You cannot use a turntable connected to a line level input channel. It needs to be connected to a phono input for proper impedance matching.

Also you used to be able to buy a preamp at Radio Shack to boost the turntable signal which enabled it to be used directly into a line input. But it was more or less a device to go from magnetic cartridge needles to ceramic cartridge needles. But it worked rather well as mentioned prior.

I like Rick's method and will mention that I've also used MusicMatchJukebox in the past with good results.

05-15-2008, 07:10 PM
Well I got it working but volume is very low.Just used the turntable and adapter to the line in and Audacity software.So far the cost has only been for the splitter and cable.The volume is very low so it looks like I will have to bite the bullet and get a pre amp thing.Are a phono preamp and a stereo pre amp the same thing?
I can get the volume up with the gain regulator but maybe it makes the sound a bit tinny.What does the gain really do?
Funny thing is,I am using a pc with Athlon 1800+ and get no sound through the speakers from the turntable but it seems to come through ok,although low volume on my older Dell P2 machine.
Anyway I'll just have to get the amp thing.Any suggestions on what to get?
Thanks for all the help.

05-16-2008, 06:11 AM
it doesn't take much of an AMP to do the trick


Even this little $80.00 unit is more than you need.
It has all the needed connections.

input for the Phono and Outputs

The Tape outputs work best for my use

05-16-2008, 11:52 PM
That will work but I used something like this (http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?parentPage=search&summary=summary&cp=&productId=2573420&accessories=accessories&kw=magnetic+phono+preamp&techSpecs=techSpecs&currentTab=accessories&custRatings=custRatings&sr=1&features=features&origkw=magnetic+phono+preamp&support=support&tab=summary) back in the day.

05-17-2008, 01:15 AM
Back again,
I have seen this turntable advertised with in built pre-amp for $99.Would this be a better way to go?
Optimus LAB 1100 Belt Driven Turntable
This turntable has a built in pre-amp for connection to a stereo system. more...
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05-17-2008, 02:12 AM
If your going to invest the $$ In another turn table
just to copy your music to the computer
Why not look at the new USB turntable



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