Someday, your old LPs will soon conk out. If you still have The Who’s Tommy somewhere in the attic, you might want to bring it down for a good listen. (Well, better have it cleaned and restored since it’s a collector’s item already.) So why not create a digital archive while they’re still playable? That way you can enjoy listening to your LPs in your iPod complete with the old crackle-pop of old LPs.
What you need:
- A turntable with a preamplifier with a line-out or microphone jack
- A sound card with a line-in jack
- An audio cable that matches the preamplifier and the sound card
- An audio recording/editing software (Audacity works great)
What to do:
- Make sure that you clean the LP
- Clean the stylus (or use a new one)
- Plug in the cable to your preamplifier and sound card
- Set your recording OS to record using the line-in signal. (In XP, you can do this by accessing Volume -> Recording -> Check Line in).
- Launch your audio recording software
- Double-check that the software also uses the line-in signal
- Start recording
- Lower the stylus to start playing the LP
- When the LP finishes, stop your recording software.
- Do all the editing and cutting after the recording has finished.
- Advanced audio editing software can eliminate the crackles and pops in LP recordings but I personally leave those behind since they give the recording some novelty and character.