14 Replies Latest reply: Jun 6, 2009 1:05 AM by Katrina S.
steenyisaacsfromtwycross Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello, I am converting my old LPs to MP3 using an ION turntable and EZ Vinyl converter software. The turntable combined with the software records the music fine, when I click to finish, the software automatically transfers to Itunes....so far so good. But when the Itunes program is opened a box comes up indicating that EZ Vinyl Converter is "UNABLE TO EXPORT TO I TUNES.PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CLOSE ANY ACTIVE WINDOWS IN I TUNES"

What happens next is that certain tracks are exported to I tunes, but some are missing and most of the ones that are exported are duplicated. Any ideas anyone ?

Many thanks.

generic, Windows Vista, 64 bit Vista OS
  • gkrman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've been having the same problems with it. It used to work fine; this started a couple of months ago. I downloaded the new version (2.1) thinking this would solve the problem; not. I have yet to find a reason, but if you keep hitting reexport (or whatever it says) it will eventually work. It sometimes takes about 6 or 7 times. It's a pain in the *** because then you have to go and delete all the multiple files. I'm hoping someone (Itunes, help!) will figure out what's up and supply a patch or something. Good Luck.
  • steenyisaacsfromtwycross Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hello gkrman, thanks for your input. My supplier here in UK, ION turntables say they are working on a fix(whether it is them or the software suppliers,I dont know)and it should be out very soon.
    They did suggest if I use the free editing software "Audacity" and export to ITunes manually this would not happen. I have done this and it does work, but to use this software I think you have to be a physics professor and just for example the "quickstart" guide is 35 pages long.
    This is all too much for a middle aged man that wants to simply transfer his old vinyl collection to his IPod, I will soldier on though.
    Many thanks
  • gkrman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It's good to hear that ION is working on a fix; that's good news. I have Audacity, as well, but didn't install it (looked like too much work). Sounds like we are in the same boat (I'm 51); just trying to get some of our LP's that don't exist on CD onto our IPOD. Thanks for the info; I will keep a look out for the ION fix.
  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7 (20,940 points)
    steenyisaacsfromtwycross wrote:
    Hello, I am converting my old LPs to MP3 using an ION turntable and EZ Vinyl converter software. The turntable combined with the software records the music fine


    When you say "records the music just fine," has it created an identifiable file that you can isolate? If so, why not just add the file to iTunes manually using File > Add File to Library?
  • steenyisaacsfromtwycross Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for your input ed2345. As I explained Audacity is complicated but you can record simply without having to wade through reams of instructions, the only thing is that LPs are recorded as one file or song, so when you transfer to ITunes it is treated as one song, so you cannot search for each individual track as you can if you load a CD to ITunes.

    There is a ficility on Audacity to have a break between each song so you can then search each track individually, but then that means you have to learn the editing side of Audacity and here lies the problem for me. I have spent the last 4 nights in bed for at least 30 minutes each night reading the Audacity instructions and I am only 10% through them and to be honest I am no farther ahead.

    On the EZ vinyl converter software that is so simple, there is a facility when recording the make a marker at the end of each track so then a new file or track is started.....the only thing is EZ Vinyl converter software has a problem at the moment !

    Anyway, here I am with 100s of LPs and not able to listen to them yet.

    Many thanks.
  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7 (20,940 points)
    If you are getting the whole file from EZ Vinyl, then I blv the next step is fairly simple in Audacity. Import the whole file, look at the waveform so you can visually identify the quiet spots that denote the space between tracks, and export a section at a time. Then add those individual exported files to the iTunes library.
  • steenyisaacsfromtwycross Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for your suggestion ed2345 and for the last 2 weeks I have been trying to work out Audacity. Your suggestion of importing EZ Vinyl converter sounds into Audacity will not work because EZVC automatically trys to export to Itunes when the recording stops with no option to save and export to another program(IE Audacity).

    In view of the above, I have been trying to record in Audacity and Export to Itunes and in a limited way, after 2 weeks of trying to understand Audacity with its p**s poor instructions I have managed a small amount of recording.

    I can record singles and transfer them,no problem, even though it is so slow and time consuming. The problem arises when I try to record albums and have each track as a single file so I can identify and search each track individually in Itunes.

    When I record the whole album and then save each track individually and export individually, each track contains the whole LP.

    Any Ideas ?

    Many thanks.
  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7 (20,940 points)
    OK, when I suggested using Audacity to break up the long file I was hoping that there was an intermediate file that could be retrieved in the middle. Apparently that is not the case.

    Doing raw audio recording in Audacity is not going to be fun with as many LPs as you have. You may want to check the user forums for EZVC to see if there is any advice to be gotten. You may also want to look into alternative programs.
  • steenyisaacsfromtwycross Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for your input again ed2345. Are you familiar with the free version of Media Monkey ? Do you have any other suggestions ?

    Right, I am now going to bed with a printout of the features of Media Monkey to study and hope this is the easier option.

    many thanks.
  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7 (20,940 points)
    I have not used it, but if you do, let us know how it goes.
  • steenyisaacsfromtwycross Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hello, after reading about Media Monkey, I cant see where I can convert my vinyl, just CDs and it looks as if the program is designed to replace I Tunes as a whole, I am not quite ready to do that....yet !

    Does anyone out there know of a program that is designed to convert my vinyl and transfer to I Tunes "simply" without any complications, just like EZ Vinyl converter...but works ?

    Many thanks
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,090 points)
    There isn't any simple way to do this. That's why professional services charge about $15 per LP to do it. It's very time-consuming. Here is a post from someone who has been working on tranferring LPs to digital for over a year.


    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=9562556&#9562556
  • steenyisaacsfromtwycross Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for that Katrina S, but if EZ Vinyl converter worked properly with Itunes as it should, it WOULD be that simple. By all accounts it did work OK until the latest itunes was launched, so hopefully between them they will come up with a fix.
    Many thanks.
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,090 points)
    OK, I read some stuff that it wasn't any good, whether iTunes was being used or not ; )
    I'd love a one-click solution to digitizing all my LPs, believe me.