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.