Annie Eisenberg in today’s New York Times writes about a couple of new turntables recently released to help transfer music from Lps to the digital formats, such as .wav and .mp3 files.
One, the Ion USB or, more formally, the iTTUSB ($199 list price) comes complete with a USB cable that plugs directly into the computer via a digital feed, and a software package that enables people to burn CDs from the resulting data. A few years ago, when I was first setting up a system to burn CDs from Lps, I was surprised to find out how easily turntables were to find, even ones that still play 78 RPM discs. One of the reasons turntables are still manufactured is the burgeoning DJ market; audiophiles are still making claims that the good old analog sound of their Lps is superior to that of the digitized world. I wound up buying a Numark turntable, which I hooked up to my old amp, running an analog cable to a special sound card (the Echo Mia), which uses good analog to digital (A->D) converter chips. Buying a pro-quality sound card really helps in capturing more of that original sound.
For digital audio software, I’ve been using Cool Edit (now owned by Adobe and sold under the name Audition). The software takes a while to learn, but certainly helps in seperating the tracks into useable files, removing clicks and pops, and even re-equalizing the sound for special purposes. Plan omn spending at least three hours per Lp in transferring the sound and burning the disc.