12 Replies Latest reply: Sep 16, 2009 11:41 PM by Dah•veed
that was my alias Level 1 (0 points)
Let's say I got a turntable and a Mac. How do you connect the two and what programs do you use to record the files into computer's memory?

P.S. I DO NOT TOLERATE MPS, I want only the highest quality files, Apple Lossless and the like only.

A1278 aluminum 2008 MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.6), it's still alive
  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 (15,882 points)
    Only see turntables that convert to CD or mp3 for most part-this one does WAV.


    Or try this:
  • that was my alias Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you, I know about that one. But I also know that WAV may or may not be lossless. How can I be sure?
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 (33,027 points)
    There are several ways to get the audio input into a Mac. I got a Sony turntable (low-end model) on sale a while back, but it DID have USB output as well as the regular line level output. It did not say it was specifically Mac compatible and came with Windows-only software, but the USB connection worked fine with audio recording software I already had. Mac OS X recognized it as an audio input choice in System Preferences Sound pane Input tab.

    If the turntable provides regular line level output (that does not require a pre-amp), you can convert from the pair of red/white RCA connectors to a stereo mini-jack using a commonly available adapter and connect it to the audio input port on the back of the iMac.

    If the turntable provides output that requires a pre-amp, your can first connect it to something provides the pre-amp function (such as a stereo receiver), or connect it to a Griffin iMic.


    Once you have the sound coming into the iMac, you can test-listen to it through the iMac's speakers using a simple program called LineIn


    which +plays through+ the audio input to the iMac's speakers.

    To record the audio input, you will need to use an audio recording program. Once you are running an audio recording program, you no longer need to have LineIn running because the recording software should provide a play through function.

    There's a free program called Audacity, but when I tried to use it before, I found the interface somewhat difficult.

    iMic comes with a basic recording program called Final Vinyl


    It may be usable with any audio input, even if you don't have a Griffin audio input product.

    Another one is WireTap from Ambrosia Software


    I have an older version. It works well and is easy to understand.

    You should be able to save the initial recording as AIFF, which is a lossless format.
  • that was my alias Level 1 (0 points)
    AIFF is a digital, not analog format.
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 (33,027 points)
    Any file that you would save on a computer would be "digital." CD recordings are already in AIFF format. When you take the audio input from an analog source into the iMac, the recording software saves to as a digital file. AIFF is one of those formats, and it is lossless.
  • that was my alias Level 1 (0 points)
    What I meant was... there's digital and analog signal. Signal, not format.
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 (33,027 points)
    I don't understand your point. Obviously, the sound coming in is analog. I did not say the "signal" was digital. I said you can save the recording (using the recording software) as AIFF, which is obviously a digital "format." The recording software does not care if the original source was analog or digital; it still saves the recording in a digital format (AIFF, MP3, AAC, whatever).
  • that was my alias Level 1 (0 points)
    Okay, I'll ask someone else.

    My point was whether or not it is possible to record the analog signal to get a 100% copy on your hard drive.
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 (33,027 points)
    The quality of the recording will only be as good as quality of the analog input. Once you get it into your Mac, if you have the recording software save in a lossless format, there will be no further loss of quality. Besides, there is no way to save it as "analog" on your computer.

    You don't have to "ask someone else"; I've done it dozens of times to digitize my cassette music tape collection into AIFF first, then convert into AAC or MP3. The results were good, except when my original tapes were too worn to sound good.

    Once I have some time, I want to do the same with the vinyl.
  • Dah•veed Level 7 (33,660 points)
    Okay, I'll ask someone else.
    My point was whether or not it is possible to record the analog signal to get a 100% copy on your hard drive.

    WOW! You ask for help because you do not know. One of the most knowledgeable folks on this forum answers all of your questions correctly and in detail and you insult him with OK, I will ask someone else. After that there are not many folks here who will be willing to answer your questions.

  • Seagoat Level 1 (0 points)
    ION turntable $99 and free AUDACITY program. USB connection, play record straight to mp3, then convert to AAC. Cheap, simple, sounds great. I am an old metal/rockhead so loud guitars sound wonderful this way. I am not a wine taster if you will and most of them taste the same for me.
  • Dah•veed Level 7 (33,660 points)
    Probably better to export to AIFF, then convert to ACC.