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Vinyl + Audacity = MP3

Oct 21, 2008, 13:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Pendell)

"If all you want to do is create MP3 files from you LP tracks, the only software you'll need is Audacity. If you want to convert vinyl to CD, you'll need cdrdao and cdrecord as well. All are readily available in most distributions' package repositories or from the projects' sites.

"Next, you need to connect your computer to your turntable. There are many ways to do this. In my case, I connected a cable that has a headphone jack on one end and RCA type audio jacks on the other end to my mic jack on my laptop and the preamp on the stereo, respectively. An iPod cable would work if your stereo has a headphone jack. If you have the option of connecting a digital cable to the amplifier on your stereo and computer, then you are truly lucky. This option will give you the most accurate reproduction of your records. However, since vinyl was not necessarily known for its acoustic perfection, a headphone jack will suffice for most people."

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