It’s All Geek to Me – Vinyl to Digital

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

New York Times tech writer David Pogue demonstrates how to digitize old record albums.

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leloodallasmultipass August 29, 2008 - 12:40 AM

I have a thing called iKey that converts analog to digital so if you have both a computer AND a turntable, this will connect the two. You can record in WAV or MP3(at different levels). REally easy to use and great for portable stuff. You can record from a microphone or tape player or whatever- directly to an ipod, usb drive or straight into the computer.

coralprincess25 December 17, 2008 - 7:33 AM

Thanks for 'splaining, Lucy. Mr. Pogue didn't mention what to do if I already have a turntable AND a computer.

David Earle Chorowski January 19, 2009 - 10:35 AM

vinyl will never die

Lou58Lou August 14, 2009 - 4:10 AM

Records are coming back, the sounds are richer.

althazarr September 24, 2009 - 2:13 PM

Mr. Pogue shows a few good examples here. I don't really like the Audacity software used with the USB turntables though because you have to save the files through itunes. I've been converting my 78 records and posting them here on youtube with a regular 3 speed player. It's actually quite easy.

brietzmann February 21, 2010 - 6:27 PM

if you don't like audacity you could try out steinberg clean or magix audio cleaning lab. they have been designed for exactly this purpose and work really well. with magix you can also tag and convert your files into mp3 and lots of other stuff.

brietzmann February 21, 2010 - 6:29 PM

but it will not become popular again. you can't download vinyl from the internet, you can't play it on your ipod and OMG you can'tpost it on facebook. sorry bout that…i got a big record collection myself and love it, but for the great mass of people it's rather unattractive.

brietzmann February 21, 2010 - 6:31 PM

then you will only need a phono-preamp like in your hifi-amplifier and use the tape-rec-output and connect it to your soundcard. if you don't have a hifi-amplifier, you can buy one used for about 50$ on ebay. an external soundcard (which sounds way better than this inbuilt crap) would cost about 100$ and you're ready to go.

Michael Heminger November 3, 2010 - 9:18 AM

I found a nice little preamp mixer that plugs to a USB that I can hook both a turntable and a cassette recorder to at with software for under $80. I've been very happy with it, and I've converted a lot of my own 'bootleg' cassette recordings to digital format.