[rescue] Sound recording (was: Gravis Ultrasound)

Francois Dion francois.dion at gmail.com
Tue Apr 5 14:46:19 CDT 2005

On Apr 5, 2005 1:14 PM, Joshua Boyd <jdboyd at jdboyd.net> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 05, 2005 at 10:06:50AM -0700, Sheldon T. Hall wrote:
> > Speaking of which ... I have a number (heh) of LPs that never have been
> > issued as CDs (else I'd just buy the bloody CDs), and I'd like to make CDs
> > of them.  Is the stuff that comes with IRIX good enough for this, or is
> > there something better?  I'd especially like something that's smart enough
> > to start new tracks automatically after each inter-song gap on the LP.
> I don't believe that the stuff that comes with Irix will auto split for
> you, but there might be a utility that might be an easy port to do the
> job.
> Also, you need a way to deal with noise from the recording I expect.
> If it were me (and someday I want to copy my parents record collection)
> I'd record in the best quality possible (24bit, 96khz or 192khz) and
> archive those files for future processing while also making
> downconverted copies to burn to CDs or encode to flacs.
> Some peopel would say I'm overly picky and that that is overkill, but
> soundcards that can do that sort of recording are cheap, as are DVD
> burners and disks.  If you care enough to put the effort into copying in
> the first place, why not put a little extra effort in in hopes that
> someday (as people develop automatic software and/or make free
> alternatives to the commercial options) you will be able to produce
> better results than just copying now would give.

I had posted the following a while back, with no answer:
"Anybody has experience with the Stanton Str8-150 (
http://www.stantondj.com/alpha44/load.asp?page=str8150) or ST-150
(http://www.stantondj.com/alpha44/load.asp?page=st150)? I notice these
have SPDIF out. I figure I could transfer my vinyl records this way.

Now I know books have been written and very long usenet debates over
that kind of stuff. I just need to hear from somebody who's been thru
this, what rig they decided on, just to see my options.

Seems I could keep it simple, ST150, optical link, notebook.

I would have loved finding one of those optical (laser) turntables but
that's quite unlikely... This seems to be the closest reasonable

BTW, there are plenty of splitters out there like this one, for window:
or this

I'd suggest you record a whole side at a time. Normalise and correct
DC offset. Archive that. Then make MP3s with a script, automatically
splitting the tracks (or even manually with something like audacity).

I have some records with no indication of 33 or 45 rpm. Even the
artist will not say. So I've recorded at both speeds :)

A lot depends on the turntable and preamp IMHO, more than 24 bit
recording, but assuming you have a decent setup, yes, 24 bit probably
makes sense. You dont want to do this twice, particularly if your
collection is several thousand records...


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