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record vinyl discs to a Mac - how???

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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.
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  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (14,445 points)
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    Sep 16, 2009 9:03 PM (in response to that was my alias)
    Only see turntables that convert to CD or mp3 for most part-this one does WAV.

    http://www.amazon.com/Technica-AT-LP2D-Digital-Recording-System/dp/B000FB44VA

    Or try this:
    http://www.macinstruct.com/node/131
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  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 Level 7 (30,005 points)
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    Sep 16, 2009 9:56 PM (in response to that was my alias)
    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.

    http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/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

    http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/18987

    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

    http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/16442

    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

    http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/wiretap/

    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.
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  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 Level 7 (30,005 points)
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    Sep 16, 2009 9:53 PM (in response to that was my alias)
    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.
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  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 Level 7 (30,005 points)
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    Sep 16, 2009 10:02 PM (in response to that was my alias)
    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).
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  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 Level 7 (30,005 points)
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    Sep 16, 2009 10:18 PM (in response to that was my alias)
    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.
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  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,545 points)
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    Sep 16, 2009 10:37 PM (in response to that was my alias)
    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.

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    Sep 16, 2009 11:10 PM (in response to Dah•veed)
    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.
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  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,545 points)
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    Sep 16, 2009 11:41 PM (in response to Seagoat)
    Probably better to export to AIFF, then convert to ACC.

    Dah•veed
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