When I transfer vinyl over to my Mac, I just plug the outputs of my turntable into a Phono Preamp and go directly into my MOTU 2408 mkII at -10dB. I'd recommend avoiding a mixer altogether, especially if you're transferring a wide variety of musical styles. If you don't have a preamp, make sure you get one with a ground. >I am in the process of setting up my little home music studio piece >by piece. I've got a couple of thousand records some I am planning >to convert to CD but my main focus is sampling off of them. We all >know that with music equipment it's the sum of all the parts >involved which determine the end result. I want to sample or >transfer off of these records right the first time, since I will >sell many of them after I have done this and can't go back if I >figure out another way to do this better. I want the highest >possible quality to make professional music with. I am new to the >computer side of things, I have cubase and am hopefully soon going >to go to SX soon. >I need to know how to do this the right way. > >Do I straight record into Cubase? Bias Peak? another program? and how. > >I am using a very high quality Ortofon Nightclub Gold Eliptical >needle, with Technics SL1200s. Right now my (DJ) mixer is a Stanton >SK Two with 1/4" TRS outputs. I am looking to upgrade the mixer to a >Allen and Heath Xone:02 (which has XLR outputs) because that company >makes legendary sound boards and mixing consoles so the sound has >got to be better. All this is going into a M-Audio Delta 44 >soundcard into my 2002 (noisy) Dual 867 MDD Mac. I am monitoring on >AKG 270 headphones. > >If I get the Allen and Heath mixer should I just use a cable with >XLR on one end and TRS on the other? Does this defeat the use of the >higher quality of the XLR? > >Which software should I use which will give the best sound quality? >SPL de-Esser and declicker? Steinburg has the now X series of vinyl >clean up software. Another vinyl cleaning program? What about a >program that catalouges the samples?etc.etc.. > >As well as any other related topics I didn't mention. Thanks >everyone you can probably tell by my tone that I am nervous about >making the wrong/right steps. Thanks.