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    Default Recording From Vinyl

    Alright so I've been expirimenting with recording audio from vinyl to sample and shit. A problem I've been running into though is the quality issue - it's never as good as I've always thought it could be. What steps do you guys take to ensure you're getting the best quality possible when ripping music from a record?

    Better yet, what programs do you use, etc? I just use Audacity to rip it then chop it up in FL, because for some reason FL decides to be a bitch whenever I try to record and doesn't let me.

    Thanks for any input.

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    I use Wavepad. It gives different qualities you can record at and it has a bunch of different features. It has a demo and i think you can use it as long as you want but it has some limitations to what you can and cant do

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    Default Re: Recording From Vinyl

    well one big improvement would be when you export out of audacity dont use mp3 .. wav is always a quality choice for audio professionals over mp3 .. no exceptions! also how are you recording your turn table .. usb, phono amp, interface with built in phono? all make a difference in quality, obviously usb is the worst choice .. a phono amp would be good expecially if its a nice one that can handle high sample rates .. anything above default 44.1k gets better intervals of 48k are more for video audio and intervals of 44.1k are for audio .. it gets more complicated but the wav over mp3 is one of the most significant things
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    Alright sounds good. Yeah I've been using USB so I guess I'm gonna have to save up for some big boy equipment, huh?

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    Hey,

    Here's some ideas to ensure max quality:

    1) Good audio interface (so you can record at 24 bit, will help capturing the dynamic range of vinyl as well as its legendary warmth) - here you get what you pay for, usually the more expensive the card, the better converters you get.

    Some have build it phono input, some don't. If they don't, you can record straight off the line output of your mixer (if you have one), or even a decent hifi output will work well too.

    2) Software to record. Anything will do (as for pure audio recording, it doesn't make much difference what you use). Audacity is very capable, 24 bit WAV if you're going to sample it to then produce etc...

    3) Last but NOT least at all: A good recording level! There is an equation which describes the loss of resolution you get if the level coming in is too low. Basically, even you're recording at 24 bits and have a low level coming in, you could in fact be only achieving 22, 20, 18 etc... bits... So super important. Well worth doing a test recording first to monitor the levels (so nothing clips) then doing the actual recording. This one is even more important with entry level gear, because it's usually a lot less forgiving than the pro stuff.

    One other thing, may need some "cleaning" software, to remove crackles, humming etc... there's quite a few options there, in more general terms, it's about preparing your samples before using them.

    Hope that helps ;)

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    Phono amps aren't expensive.
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