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    Best way to rip vinyl records?

    Hey all,
    I have a few records at home and I was planning to rip them into a lossless format().
    The equipment I currently have is an Audio Technica AT-LP 1240 turntable and a computer with Audacity.
    What equipment do I need to do so? Also, what format should I use(WAV, FLAC?) and at what resolution(16/44.1, 24/96?).
    Last edited by Michael880; August 24, 2018 at 09:42 AM. Reason: adding in more details

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    Re: Best way to rip vinyl records?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael880 View Post
    Hey all,
    I have a few records at home and I was planning to rip them into a lossless format().
    The equipment I currently have is an Audio Technica AT-LP 1240 turntable and a computer with Audacity.
    What equipment do I need to do so? Also, what format should I use(WAV, FLAC?) and at what resolution(16/44.1, 24/96?).
    Check this out. NAD PP-4. A nice inexpensive way to Rip your vinyl.

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    Re: Best way to rip vinyl records?

    Do you want the best way, or a cheap way? Thanks, Larry

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael880 View Post
    Hey all,
    I have a few records at home and I was planning to rip them into a lossless format().
    The equipment I currently have is an Audio Technica AT-LP 1240 turntable and a computer with Audacity.
    What equipment do I need to do so? Also, what format should I use(WAV, FLAC?) and at what resolution(16/44.1, 24/96?).
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    Re: Best way to rip vinyl records?

    Quote Originally Posted by astrotoy View Post
    Do you want the best way, or a cheap way? Thanks, Larry
    I would prefer a low cost but still decent sounding way.

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    Re: Best way to rip vinyl records?

    Quote Originally Posted by astrotoy View Post
    Do you want the best way, or a cheap way? Thanks, Larry
    Whatís the best?
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    Re: Best way to rip vinyl records?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    What’s the best?
    Best way is most likely your TT, your Phono stage, connected to a AD/DA converter say from Lynx Hilo, or an older Ayre AD/DA converter or a SugarCube SC-2 then some software like Audacity or Pure Vinyl (mac only) rip away
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    Re: Best way to rip vinyl records?

    Quote Originally Posted by CPP View Post
    Best way is most likely your TT, your Phono stage, connected to a AD/DA converter say from Lynx Hilo, or an older Ayre AD/DA converter or a SugarCube SC-2 then some software like Audacity or Pure Vinyl (mac only) rip away
    The SugarCube has really impressed me at demos.


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    Re: Best way to rip vinyl records?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    The SugarCube has really impressed me at demos.


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    Agree, like in anything audio. The better the gear you have the better the outcome can be.
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    Re: Best way to rip vinyl records?

    I have a friend who has been a beta tester for Sugar Cube. He has been quite impressed and sent me some rips he has done. Sugar Cube has a lot of value for the money for those interested in ripping vinyl. Also they make it quite easy.

    I started my ripping project 9 years ago, and was looking for it to be a legacy project. So I was looking for the best possible way to do the project, which ended up taking six years and over 10,000 albums (vinyl and tape). Equipment was mostly pro and custom and the key piece is almost unobtainable, so I won't go through the details. Total cost was about $6 per album, plus about 12,000 hours of my time.

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    Re: Best way to rip vinyl records?

    @michael880 @audiophilehi I was under impression that LP 1240 already has a built-in phono preamp with USB output? I own LP 120 & it has a decent USB output quality. No, it's not high-end, and I'm using external preamp for the actual playback, but when it comes to transferring vinyl into digital format, I just use the built in unit. Which is extremely rare, and most often done for the sake of testing & analyzing frequency (sound harmonics)

    If the USB feature is not enough for you, then perhaps you should look into hooking up 1240 directly into the line-in jack of your computer? IMHO, this would give you the best possible sound quality, since the signal wouldn't have to be converted into digital & transferred through USB.

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    Re: Best way to rip vinyl records?

    I have considered transfering my vinyl to digital also, but keep falling back. Sitting and babysitting the process seems like a mountain higher than I want to climb. I still might do it. Does the NAD do a decent job of converting?

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    Re: Best way to rip vinyl records?

    interesting short description of the gear + process used to digitize this album... ahmad jamal | alhambra

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    Re: Best way to rip vinyl records?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael880 View Post
    Hey all,
    I have a few records at home and I was planning to rip them into a lossless format().
    The equipment I currently have is an Audio Technica AT-LP 1240 turntable and a computer with Audacity.
    What equipment do I need to do so? Also, what format should I use(WAV, FLAC?) and at what resolution(16/44.1, 24/96?).
    I transferred to digital a bunch of cassette tapes years ago. Let me first say that I was only looking for convenience to access my music not trying to get the highest possible quality transfer and resolution.

    I connected the RCA output from the tape deck to fairly inexpensive analog to digital converter (ADC).

    I connected the ADC to a computer running software similar to Audacity. I recorded an entire side and then used the software to cut the tracks. I recorded at 16/44 and saved all the tracks to flac.

    The process for digitizing vinyl would be similar. But in addition to the turntable you need to connect it to a phono preamp. You would then connect the phono preamp to the ADC, and the ADC to your computer (usb).

    Before you embark on such a time consuming effort, you might want to first determine if you need to digitize your entire collection or just a few albums (say those that you canít find in digital format).

    Of all the tapes that I digitized back then, There are just a few recordings that I still cannot get on Tidal or Spotify. If I were starting today, i would limit my transferring to only those few albums because the rest already exist in better resolution than what I did.

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    Playback Design Pinot ADC Does this and used by a few studios already.

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    Re: Best way to rip vinyl records?

    I have used the Ayre AD converter (they are still selling it direct) one many recordings and it's done a great job. it's still not as good as playing direct from a TT though, lol. I had to sell my analog rig and wanted some of the albums I owned on digital as they'd never be on Tidal or anything else. I have heard Sugarcube is excellent too. There are plenty of pro AD converters on the market that most of us probably don't know about unless we are in the pro realm of things, lol.
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