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antdude Level 1 Level 1
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Mac OS X

Hello.

 

How easy, cheap, and quick is it to record/rip old vinyl/turn table records, cassette tapes, etc. to iTunes, iPods, and iPhones on a MacBook Pro (2008's Mac OS X 10.5.8 and 2012's Mac OS X 10.8.4)? Does it need special audio adapters, cables, etc.? Without driver support I hope since it would be used a lot and for a long time.

 

Thank you in advance.


OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), 13.3" MacBook Pro (9,2/MD102ll/A)
Reply by Chris CA on Jul 3, 2013 12:30 PM Helpful

antdude wrote:

 

And only for Apple computers, right?

 

No.

-> iMic and -> Audacity both work fine with Windows, Linux & Mac.

No drivers should be needed for any of these OSs. They all are USB audio aware.

Reply by Roger Wilmut1 on Jul 3, 2013 12:27 PM Helpful

The Projecty USB turntable works with Windows and Mac without drivers.

 

http://www.project-audio.com/inhalt/en/manual/manual_debutphusb.pdf

 

As does the iMic.

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  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.itunes
    iTunes

    These media have to be copied in real time. You need, both for vinyl and cassettes, either a player with a USB output (there are several available), or a player and preamplifier together with an audio interface to get the sound into your Mac. The best place to ask about this is in the GarageBand forum - you don't need to use Garageband, though you could, but some of the posters there are knowlegeable about audio interfaces.

     

    You will then need something to record the audio - possibilities include Amadeus Pro, Audacity (free), Garageband or even the QuickTime player (though this will give you no editing to tidy it up).

  • Jimzgoldfinch Level 5 Level 5

    Hi,

    I use a Project turntable which has a built in Analogue to digital converter and connects to my computer by USB cable. I use Audio Hijack pro to capture music in 16-bit AIFF format. I then use DeNoise and Clickrepair to clean up recordings and remove clicks. Finally I use Audacity to edit and enter metadata and you can then export them as Aiff, Mp3, AAC etc.

     

    A lot depends on what quality you expect but it does take time and effort to get best results. Audio Hijack, Clickrepair and Denoise are not free whilst Audacity is free.

     

    Cannot comment on converting tapes as I never thought the quality was good to start with.

     

    Jim

  • antdude Level 1 Level 1
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    Wow, USB? Do all these audio cables to USB require driver installations?

     

    I wonder why MacBook Pros don't have any standard audio line in!

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.itunes
    iTunes

    Most of these USB turntables and cassette players work directly using 'Core Audio' which is the Mac's inbuilt audio system.

  • antdude Level 1 Level 1
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    Roger Wilmut1 wrote:

     

    Most of these USB turntables and cassette players work directly using 'Core Audio' which is the Mac's inbuilt audio system.

    Interesting. So, I won't be able to use those on other non-Mac/Apple computers like Windows and Linux then.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9
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    iTunes

    I don't know about Linux, but Iwould expect most of them to work directly with the Windows equivalent of Core Audio. The manufacturer's specifications should make it clear.

  • antdude Level 1 Level 1
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    Mac OS X

    Roger Wilmut1 wrote:

     

    I don't know about Linux, but Iwould expect most of them to work directly with the Windows equivalent of Core Audio. The manufacturer's specifications should make it clear.

    Thanks. It sounds like Core Audio is an Apple thing.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9
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    iTunes

    antdude wrote:

     

    Wow, USB? Do all these audio cables to USB require driver installations?

    The iMic does not require any drivers.

  • antdude Level 1 Level 1
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    Chris CA wrote:

     

    antdude wrote:

     

    Wow, USB? Do all these audio cables to USB require driver installations?

    The iMic does not require any drivers.

    And only for Apple computers, right?

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.itunes
    iTunes

    antdude wrote:

     

    And only for Apple computers, right?

     

    No.

    -> iMic and -> Audacity both work fine with Windows, Linux & Mac.

    No drivers should be needed for any of these OSs. They all are USB audio aware.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.itunes
    iTunes

    The Projecty USB turntable works with Windows and Mac without drivers.

     

    http://www.project-audio.com/inhalt/en/manual/manual_debutphusb.pdf

     

    As does the iMic.

  • antdude Level 1 Level 1
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    Roger Wilmut1 wrote:

     

    The Projecty USB turntable works with Windows and Mac without drivers.

     

    http://www.project-audio.com/inhalt/en/manual/manual_debutphusb.pdf

     

    As does the iMic.

    Interesting. So, that's only for turntables. IMic can do anything connected with audio cables. I think iMic would be good and cheaper.

     

    Is it me or I can't find iMic directly from local retail stores like Best Buy, Fry's Electronics, Costco, Target, Walmart, etc.?

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9
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    iTunes

    antdude wrote:

     

    Is it me or I can't find iMic directly from local retail stores like Best Buy, Fry's Electronics, Costco, Target, Walmart, etc.?

     

    I have seen iMic at Best Buy before. Not as a regular stock item thoug.

    I actually got mine at Radio Shack a few years ago for $10.

  • antdude Level 1 Level 1
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    Chris CA wrote:

     

    antdude wrote:

     

    Is it me or I can't find iMic directly from local retail stores like Best Buy, Fry's Electronics, Costco, Target, Walmart, etc.?

     

    I have seen iMic at Best Buy before. Not as a regular stock item thoug.

    I actually got mine at Radio Shack a few years ago for $10.

    Oooh, RadioShack. I forgot that one, but no luck. Best Buy has it online, but it requires an online order. Bah!

     

    I did get an e-mail re(ply/sponse) from Griffin Technology and told me that Best Buy, Target, and Walmart should have iMic.

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