08-06-2009, 02:59 PM
Hi. I have made hundreds of vinyl rips, so can help here.
Ok, you can conceivably use your amp, depending on it's outputs, but, the problem with using line-in on the Macbook is getting a good connection with a suitable level. You are far better getting a USB interface to be honest. I use and Edirol UA1-EX. It gives you many more options for quality for a start, being capable of recording at 96000khz/24 Bit. This you can't do using line in.
Now, getting a device like this (£60 btw) will allow you to use your current equipment, because you can connect directly to the Edirol from the normal line out sockets on the amp.
I personally use a small pre-amp in between my turntable and the Edirol, as it's cumbersome using my home cinema amp!
Software wise, you can't beat Audio Hijack Pro to be honest. Loads of format and quality options once again.
Something else to consider. Your turntable may have a built in pre-amp, many do, and you can just connect this to your Macbook if so, and if you can get the right lead. You will still need software though.
Audacity is a pretty good alternative to Audi Hijack too, and is free.
If you need any more help just ask, either here or by PM.