I downloaded some jazz albums from 2 records 45 rpm converted to digital file and it sound superb comparing to ripping cd….recommend for those who wants to try
Was this from a legal source?
I received from a friend…he makes it from his own records
Very possibly a different mastering?
Ignorinn 33 1/3 or 45 discs I’d imagine the equipment used to digitise could have a significant bearing on the end result as well as any post processing.
Even with reasonably good ADCs I found it a chore to digitise my vinyl and it always sounded thin which is why I never did it with more than a few albums, mainly those where no CD or digital equivalent was available.
I’ve recorded some of my vinyl using a Marantz PDM661MkII PCM Recorder and had good results. I bought it so that I could record the Radio 2 “In Concert” broadcasts but found myself using it to record vinyl for listening on a portable player avoiding the need for duplicating on LP and CD. I’ve recorded around 60 albums which has covered the cost of the recorder so I’m quite content. It can be a bit of a pain splitting the sides into tracks but once that’s done and the files named I find the software for the portable player is pretty good at pulling up the correct album info via GraceNote.
The recordings show up as HR on my player and sound better than CD quality streaming (the recordings are 24bit/96kHz).
I’ve also loaded a good few onto a USB drive that I leave plugged into the Bluesound Node in my bedroom system and often play them rather than stream on Amazon Music.
I jumped to fast to conclusions….it’s only good but ripping cd or h-res files sound better …I’m really sorry for my decisions before
So a copyright infringement and illegal then?
Glad your happy with the quality of your free music.
My friend does have those 45 rpm records and he inverted them to digital files
Conversely I enjoyed the process, as I took the opportunity to play every one of my several hundred LPs in alphabetical order, listening while I digitised (tape out to digital), some albums I hadn’t played for a very long time. A handful I chucked, wondering what possessed me to buy(!), and depending on how deteriorated they the simultaneous listening allowed me to decide whether to dump if a CD was available.
That was probably a sensible way to do it, listening as you went along.
I purchased a Firewire Apogee Duet ADC hooked up to an early iMac and probably tried digitising in the study without the benefit of decent speakers to listen while I recorded.
At the time I got bogged down with processing the recordings to remove noise and clicks in software as well as splitting tracks - both time consuming and I’d honestly not bother if I did it again (which I might) and would just record Side A/Side B of LPs and playback sides rather than individual tracks.
Yes, processing can take a bit of time… In terms of tracks, I recorded whole albums, not stopping recording while I flipped, and split into tracks afterwards which for many albums was quite easy. though some like Thick as a brick I combined to a single continuous piece because I’d never play just a part. However, at that time I was blissfully unaware of metadata embedded in the tracks on CD and downloadable music, mine therefore having none at all, everything handled through methodical naming and filing. This was to cause me problems several years later after switching to streaming, finding that some library/playing software can’t cope without metadata, oddly unable to use file names and file structure. That problem still exists for albums I haven’t subsequently replaced. Doing metadata one album at a time as you rip them shouldn’t be much of a issue – rather different when there are several hundred to do!
For basic minor click removal I found Audacity’s default tool seemed to work well, but anything became time consuming as I did manually, with tweaking to minimise any audibility, most very successfully… though it could take quite some time.
Yes forgot about metadata too, although there are good tools it’s time consuming for vinyl digitisation and so many CD rippers including iTunes just do the heavy lifting metadata wise.
If I revisit when I have time I shan’t be bothered about anything other than filing as Artist-Album-SideX for the most part as I want to replicate playing an LP with a digitised track.
I might de-click/de-noise for bad copies but probably not as for 99% of albums it’s be simpler to just stream a cleaner copy from Qobuz/Tidal/Apple etc.
The priorities will probably be LPs (or cassette tapes from gigs which never got to vinyl) where there was never a CD or digital download available to begin with.
I’ve done the same on a couple of albums where it’s nigh on impossible to find a gap. I also don’t bother if there’s a click or pop.
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