[MPA] converting vinyl to CD

Douglas Linacre douglas at optusnet.com.au
Thu Feb 13 15:10:49 PST 2003

I have the audio interface; I also have a pre - amp. CDs are cheap. One 
doesn't need much HD, as one can burn then discard the data from the 
HD. I have three HDs (one 10GB in the Powerbook), but an 80GB in the 
tower and also an 80GB in a firewire case. And I have burners as well. 
Plus some of the LPS, expecailly some '60's symphony ones, are far 
superior to CD recordings, being beautifully recorded analogue tracks.

My time's worth a heap, but then I'll connect the powerbook to the 
pre-amp and just play the record. The time will be the setting up of 
the record - no big deal. I'll put the music onto either the external 
firewire drive, and then connect that to the desktop mac. I am going to 
airport this house, which would bypass the need for  firewire method of 
data transfer (or use the Powerbook as an external hard disk).

OK I am organised on those fronts.

But I'd like the de scratch software most of all. And having one in 
system X is better I think.

I could use my son's notebook: it has firewire, and on the PC, there's 
lots of cheap de scratch software. But for the Mac, there's not much 
around it seems.

On Friday, February 14, 2003, at 09:51  AM, John Neumann wrote:

> Just my two cents-
> It needn't tie up the computer- recording can run in the background 
> while you do other things. Cutting up the file into individual songs 
> only takes a few minutes if there are obvious breaks you can jump to 
> (don't bother with the automatic splitting in Spin Doctor- it's 
> completely retarded).
> It doesn't have to be done all at once- I have a couple hundred 
> records, and I've been doing this over the span of a few months. If 
> it's music you like, it's  a pleasurable way to spend time. So you 
> only need a GB or two at a time, justto hold the music until you burn 
> it onto CD, or if you're like me, compress to mp3 for archiving.
> -John
> At 14:35 -0800 2/13/03, Scott Baldwin wrote:
>> 100 records!
>> Are you sure you want to do this?  Keep in mind that you have to do 
>> this conversion in real time,  thus about 100 hours to record into 
>> your computer, figure at least an hour/CD to "clean up" the tracks 
>> and burn the CD.  So if you are very efficient 200 hours for this 
>> project.
>> You need: (assuming you have a CD burner)
>> an audio interface
>> audio software
>> hard drive
>> 100 CD blanks
>> Yes a new hard drive. To convert 100 albums to CD quality sound you 
>> will need about 50 gig's of space. (CD Stereo audio is 10 MB/min)
>> So figure about $500.00- $600.00  to get everything you need.
>> Then figure what tying up your computer and 200 hours of your time is 
>> worth.   ($10.00/ hour? = $2000.00)
>> So about $2,500.00 (25.00/CD) to wind up with 100 CD's that I 
>> guarantee will be of lower quality than commercial CD's.
>> Consider replacing your collection with CD's.

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