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Keith Morgan
10-07-2009, 01:04 PM
I'm looking for the best way to convert my LP vinyl albums to MP3 through my iMac. Any suggestions on what works best? Thanks.

Kevriano
10-07-2009, 02:08 PM
I have posted at least 3 answers to this before.
Please use the search engine and you should find one of them.
It's too long winded to post again!
If you have no luck, let me know and I may look for you.

Keith Morgan
10-08-2009, 03:10 PM
I have posted at least 3 answers to this before.
Please use the search engine and you should find one of them.
It's too long winded to post again!
If you have no luck, let me know and I may look for you.

I can't find it. So could you re-send to me? Thanks.

Kevriano
10-08-2009, 03:32 PM
Can't find it either! Silly search engine. Ok. I'll re post my way again, but it'll be tomorrow.

nikonjems
10-09-2009, 01:35 PM
To be short I do LP->MP3 like this:
1. I hook up my gear: Turntables to mixer, mixer to soundcard.
2. Fire up CoolEdit and click record.
3. Fire up turntable and let it play to the end
4. After recording, let a noize remove plugin cleanup the crackling sounds.
5. Mark track starts and end in the file and then CoolEdit automaticly saves them to serperate MP3's.....

jimperley
10-10-2009, 11:25 AM
Now I have the lp in the form of an mp3 file (it is an opera), do folks have a recommendation as to how to divide it into songs and use iTunes to record it an an audio cd?

Oneironaut
10-10-2009, 01:28 PM
I would use Audacity to separate the tracks. It's free.

Kevriano
10-10-2009, 02:28 PM
I would use Audacity to separate the tracks. It's free.

The only problem with Audacity is that it doesn't save as MP3, it needs LAME.
Audio Hijack Pro is better.

exncite
10-18-2009, 12:08 PM
Can't find it either! Silly search engine. Ok. I'll re post my way again, but it'll be tomorrow.

Just found this website. I'm looking to do the same thing and am very interested in your help. As yet, I can't find the previous posts either. Thanks.

Kevriano
10-18-2009, 12:27 PM
Ok. I've been a tad busy and forgot about this one.
Give me a little time and I'll sort out a reply.

exncite
10-23-2009, 04:46 PM
Bump!! Just want to keep this in the active mode.;D

Kevriano
10-24-2009, 03:28 AM
Oh yeah, still haven't had time! Maybe this weekend, sorry.

TattooedMac
10-25-2009, 02:21 AM
Oh yeah, still haven't had time! Maybe this weekend, sorry.


All good Kev .... Found one of your earlier posts on this topic ...

Vinyl Recording on Mac (http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/music-audio-podcasting/161605-vinyl-recording-mac.html)

Another ...

Splitting MP3's after recording vinyl .. (http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/music-audio-podcasting/155624-splitting-mp3s-after-recording-record.html)

A little more ....

Vinyl to iMac (http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/music-audio-podcasting/146652-want-record-vinyl-into-my-g4-then-cd.html)

There is a few more out there, if you use *keyword* Vinyl

Hope this helps your problem ....

Cheers

Kevriano
10-25-2009, 03:29 AM
Awesome, cheers! Couldn't find it without going through all of my 1200+ posts!

Saved me some time there.

exncite
10-27-2009, 01:25 PM
Thankyou Tattooedmac. Hated to put someone through the motions again.

exncite
10-30-2009, 11:49 AM
Well, I've made the plunge. I purchased an Audio Technica AT-LP2D-USB turntable. It was $85. Included was Audacity. Easy to setup, plugged it in to a USB slot and away we go. I can't believe how easy it is to record an album. The sound is great through my iMac and the Bose speakers I have connected. It came also with a manual to configure it properly. I'm not a technical guru, but this really was simple.

So last night I played with a couple of albums. Same artist so I recorded them all together. Cut some of the dead time between tracks and edited out some clicks. Very simple. Thus far I've only saved it as a WAV file and inserted the track titles. Working on how to split the tracks into separate songs before I import into iTunes. Based on some of the comments I've seen, including one I found from Kevriano, that may be the stickler. Might have to do so manually. If so, well, that's life I guess. I've also read where converting to an MP3 reduces the sound quality but is a smaller size. Can't comment on that yet, but the sound quality as is in a WAV file is really good.

BTW, I'm using Snow Leopard and no issues at all with this Audacity program (v 1.2.6).

Will post some more comments as I do more.

exncite
11-01-2009, 01:35 PM
Ok now I've totally figured it out. It takes a little bit of attention, typing and, of course, time, but this is better than I expected. Admittedly, the directions that come with the Audacity software leave a whole lot to be desired, but after doing some more searching I found this little tutorial that someone posted which made everything fall into place.

How to Transfer LP Records to Your Mac | Macinstruct (http://www.macinstruct.com/node/131)

I've recorded entire albums, split it into tracks, and exported the file as individual tracks to a file on my desktop. It is simply a matter of renaming the tracks to the song title and moving them into iTunes.

I also don't see any real loss of quality converting to MP3. The sound out of my computer (I have external JBL speakers and woofer) is great.

I hope this answers questions and helps anyone looking to do the same. Enjoy those LPs. :)