11 Replies Latest reply: Feb 19, 2013 11:35 PM by Roger Wilmut1
Burndog Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I'm interested in ripping vinyl to iMac THEN import to iTunes.

 

Turntable: Pioneer PL-200.  (Vintage 1980), 2 RCA plugs, ground wire

 

QUESTIONS:

 

Do I need to connect a pre-amp to turntable?

 

Do I need a RCA Y to USB chord to connect to iMac?

 

Recommend software or apps?

 

Format:  FLAC ,ACC, MP3 ?

 

Any help appreciated...

 

 

"VINYL IS KILLING THE MP3 INDUSTRY"


iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.1), 20 " , 2.0 GHZ, 2 GB RAM, 250 HD, Wireless MM, Wired keyboard
  • 1. Re: Ripping vinyl to iMac
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,875 points)

    You need -> Griffin iMic.

    It is a pre-amp and comes with a Y cable.

    Plug it into a USB port on your Mac and plug your turntable into the iMic.

    For recording software, you can download -> Final Vinyl or -> Audacity.

    Record as AIFF then convert to AAC or AppleLossless (or whatever you want/need).

  • 2. Re: Ripping vinyl to iMac
    Burndog Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Applelossless

     

    Q: What is the "lossless" mean? 

  • 3. Re: Ripping vinyl to iMac
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,875 points)

    Identical to the original.

    MP3 & AAC are lossy. Bits are thrown out to make the files smaller.

    AIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless (ALAC) are lossless (no bits are thrown out). ALAC does throw bits out but it knows exactly what was thrown out and adds them back when played). ALAC is ~50%-60% of the original size. AIFF/WAV are the same size as original.

  • 4. Re: Ripping vinyl to iMac
    Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (65,505 points)

    The iMic comes with Final Vinyl and you will need this as it has an RIAA filter to equalize the sound from the turntable. Without it you will a lot of top and very little bass (for complex reasons to do with the way a gramophone pickup works).

  • 5. Re: Ripping vinyl to iMac
    Burndog Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Many thanks Roger...this helped me understand as i climb back and yes, enjoy my vinyl once again. I forgot how much fun it it listening to records.  The full wave of sound comes out vs digitized loss version. Love the convenicence of digitial but the sound is comprimised.

  • 6. Re: Ripping vinyl to iMac
    Burndog Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Chris,

     

    Thank you as this was a concise version that fully helps me understand the differences as I want to rip the vinyl on time in it's purest form. 

  • 7. Re: Ripping vinyl to iMac
    Burndog Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Follow-up question:

     

    What is better to rip vinyl:   USB TT or Vintage TT using a pre-amp. Either one will be ripped to the iMac desktop.

     

    Also, If i use a USB TT and it save to  a USB stick is there loss of sound?

     

    Any help appreciated....

     

    -Mark

  • 8. Re: Ripping vinyl to iMac
    Burndog Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Follow-up question:

     

    What is better to rip vinyl:   USB TT or Vintage TT using a pre-amp. Either one will be ripped to the iMac desktop.

     

    Also, If i use a USB TT and it save to  a USB stick is there loss of sound?

     

    Any help appreciated....

     

    -Mark

  • 9. Re: Ripping vinyl to iMac
    Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (65,505 points)

    You may find it easier to use a USB TT as long as it is a good quality one, since you won't have to deal with a preamplifier, equalization and an audio interface. Once you've digitized the file it makes no difference where you store it - it's the format of the file which matter as explained above.

  • 10. Re: Ripping vinyl to iMac
    Burndog Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Roger,

     

    Thank you again for the help.  Any advise on brands of USB TT you have used or like? I see them range from $100 to $500.00 on average. Not looking to break the bank but do want something decent. Audio Technica?

  • 11. Re: Ripping vinyl to iMac
    Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (65,505 points)

    I'm afraid I can't recommend a specific turntable, I've never used a USB one.