[MPA] converting vinyl to CD

Scott Jacob Loehr scott.loehr at verizon.net
Thu Feb 13 16:20:01 PST 2003

I agree 99%.  The only exceptions would be recordings that were never 
remastered for CD release or possibly original stuff that just 
doesn't exist anywhere else (i.e., the 30-year-old unopened vinyl may 
be in better shape than 30-year-old magnetic tape).

Also, I go a bit overboard and scan all the artwork, sometimes 
re-creating the text from scratch, OCR, or voice recognition.  That 
ups the cost and more than doubles the amount of time to get it "just 

If it exists on CD, I'd vote to replace with a storebought copy. 
However, if you've got the time, it's kindof fun to learn how to do 
all the requisite steps!

>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 
>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.
>Just a thought.

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