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Recording Your Vinyl Records to CD and MP3

Recording Your Vinyl Records to CD and MP3

Many families have collected vinyl records over the years, even passing them on from one generation to the next. But the last three decades or so have seen a boom of CDs, MP3s, and the like, making vinyl records seem much more tedious to play just to listen to some music. Not only that, but the sound quality is far superior on CDs and MP3s compared to records. For this reason, more and more people are considering converting their old records onto digital audio formats.

While the idea of transferring music from records into CDs or MP3 players may sound simple enough, it may be a little more complex than you might think.

Here are some tips to save some time during your conversion process:

Deciding on the Turntable to Use

You’ll have to connect your equipment to your computer in order to convert vinyl records to CD. A traditional turntable should have some stereo RCA outputs and a ground wire. Make sure that you have a phono preamp that’s either built in to the turntable, or is in a separate receiver if you plan on using a turntable such as this. Without a phono preamp, the sound quality will be poor.

It’s important to note that you might require a mini stereo-to-stereo RCA adapter to connect the turntable to the sound card on your computer.

If you plan on purchasing a new turntable, choose one that has traditional stereo outputs to one that features a USB interface. This will ensure a better quality connection.

The Importance of Software

You don’t just plug in the turntable and automatically transfer your music from vinyl to digital. It’s a little more involved than that. You’re going to need software as well to make it happen. There are number of options available, and which one you choose will depend on how you’d like to listen to your music after you’ve recorded them, such as your iPod or on a CD. Each type of software has its benefits.

If you buy a new turntable, it most likely will come with some type of software for archiving. However, you may find it worthwhile to buy new software anyway.

Features to look for in your recording software

Saving your recording in the audio format you want – Before you get your software, make sure it’s able to save your music in the format you prefer. While MP3 is common, there may be other formats you might want, like WAV. The software should also be compatible with your OS, such as Mac or PC.

Pausing your recordings – If you don’t want to record an album from beginning to end in one continuous track, then make sure that your software comes with a pausing features so you can divide the songs up at the end of the recording session.

Noise filters - There is often quite a bit of white noise and hissing in the background with records. If you want the option to remove this noise, your software will need a noise filter feature.

Downloading information from songs - Certain types of software will automatically search out artists, songs and album information online for every track recorded. This is highly convenient and time-saving when archiving records and downloading CDs into iTunes or Windows Media Player.

Getting more focused edits – Different software will have different levels of editing. Some allow more fine-tune editing compared to others. For instance, eliminating skips or pops can be done with some software insteadof just featuring a general filter. If precise control over your audio files is something that’s important to you, then you should look into these types of features when on the hunt for your recording software. Audacity and MixPad in particular are quite good for fine-tuning like this.

Simplifying the process with easy-to-use features – Some software is developed specifically for iPod users, such as EZ Vinyl Converter, which automatically exports tracks to iTunes so you can listen to them immediately.

The EZ Vinyl Converter is among the best software for saving time, considering the automatic downloading of track info. It’s also user-friendly and simple to operate. However, the more innovative editing features of MixPad and Audacity are also awesome for converting your tracks.

Converted Tracks – Not Just For Your Own Listening

Once you’ve converted your vinyl album into a digital format, you can do a lot more than just listen to the tracks yourself. You’re also free to share the music with others by simply transferring the files that you created and burn them to CDs using your computer’s software. You might also want to make backup copies on other CDs just in case your hard drive crashes on you.

Notable Tips

Keep these tips in mind to help you save time during the conversion process:

▪           Decide what you prefer, such as how you plan on listening to your music, and whether you need focused editing tools.

▪           Listen to each album before recording them to see if you have any undesirable defects that need attention.

▪           Make sure you slot in enough time for yourself to be able to sit in front of your computer during the entire process. You can’t just click a button and leave – it’s a hands-on process.

▪           If sound quality is vital to you, make sure you’re using a high bitrate to get all the album’s details. If the album is in rough shape, even the best editing tools won’t help.

The Bottom Line

The conversion process isn’t exactly an easy one, but it’s worth the time and effort when you can listen to old recordings with greater ease and convenience.

Podcasting

What is Podcasting?

The actual word “podcasting” is a blend of the words “broadcasting” and “iPod.” Apple was lucky enough to have their brand tied to the term, even though this technology can be used with your computer with some music software like Windows built-in Media Player or iTunes for Mac, or even your smartphone or MP3 player.

Podcasting os a type of audio broadcasting on the internet. It’s more than just downloading a song from the internet and listening to it on your device of choice. The difference is that podcasting involves RSS feed and content syndication. Rather than going through audio files through search, podcasting is all about having the files come to you through syndication.

You subscribe to podcasts just like you would to blogs. Podcasts are often distributed through a blog, after which you can either instruct your reader to download new podcasts when they become available, or they can manually select the podcasts they would like to download. A special software will be required to do this, which is referred to as a “podcaster.” This podcaster checks to see if any new audio files have been published, and automatically downloads them onto the computer or portable player.

Why Do People Listen to Podcasts?

People who are looking to select the type of audio content they’d like to listen to – rather than depending on what the TV or radio is delivering at any given time – are attracted to podcasts. It has common attractions to other time-shifting technologies, such as TIVO, that allow listeners to download files whenever they feel like it. The convenience that comes attached with podcasts is a huge reason why they are so popular, and why people would want to tune in.

While television and radio are essentially programs for the masses, podcasts are much more narrow in focus, which attracts those who are specifically interested in a certain topic to look for programs through which they’ll subscribe and listen to. Thousands of podcasts are available that target specific niches to attract those who are looking for particular topics that would otherwise be too obscure for TV or radio to cover.

Why Make a Podcast?

Podcasting is an easy, quick and cost-effective way to communicate your ideas to the world. Anyone with internet connection and a computer or mobile device can access your message from across the globe. Podcasters typically like to deliver their files in a specific series in a particular order, spaced out evenly over a certain time period. There is very little equipment needed to get started, all of which is probably already in your arsenal – a computer, microphone, and podcasting software.

Podcasters are typically looking to build an online following, and often like to open the lines of communication for feedback from their listeners. Even business owners are starting to realize the power of podcasting, and are increasingly using this technique to reach a greater market to expand their brand and market their products or services. It’s a cheap way to advertise to such a large mass of people.

How Podcasting is Changing the Face of Media

Podcasting is changing media content revolution that gives people the ability to distribute their ideas across the globe and create a following of fans. It has had a significant impact on traditional industries like journalism, education and entertainment. Now a days people are podcasting using ipads and iphones.

Podcasting

Audio Set Up for Podcasting and Audio Blogging

There are tons of bloggers out there who make good use of podcasting to get their names out there on the world wide web, so why not you? Here are some tips about setting up your audio for podcasting.

Hardware

A podcast is nothing without decent sound. After all, you want your audience to be able to hear you clearly. Other than your computer, the only piece of hardware you really need is a good microphone.

Most likely, the computer you’re using comes built-in with a microphone. While this might be the most cost-effective option for you, it’s not really going to give you the clearest audio, although it’s doable of necessary. For as little as $30, you can get a half-decent microphone.

The computer itself needs to have a good amount of RAM in order to house your audio files. It’s recommended to have at least 500 MHz accompanied by at least 350 megs of RAM.

Software

Podcasting software is what you need to create professional-sounding podcasts and help you publish it to your blog or website. The best software out there will come equipped with an all-in-one solution that encompasses all the components of podcasting, such as recording, editing and publishing your audio files.

More specifically, it’s the publishing ability of podcast software that sets it apart from a traditional audio editor. Podcast software allows you add tags and descriptions and post to your blog. Basically, podcast software helps you get our choice heard by the public.

If you plan on interviewing on your podcast, then you have to get your hands on calling software too. Skype will do just fine for this function. It can easily be downloaded onto your Mac or PC and is a fabulous way to connect with others.

Adobe Audition is a great podcast software that allows you to record directly into while utilizing Skype. It comes attached with a cost of $19.99 per month. If you use other Adobe products, you can purchase the Adobe Cloud Package for $49.99/month.

If you’re looking for something free, Audacity is a great choice for both Mac and PC users. It allows you to record and edit your podcast, although it doesn’t come with the same functions as Adobe Audition. But for no-charge, it can definitely work. GarageBand is also a great no-cost option for Mac users, which will also help you get a basic job done.

Your Podcasting Technique

After you’ve turned on your computer and mic and loaded your Audio Recorder application, it’s time to start recording. Set the levels accordingly, based on the volume of what you’ll be recording (will you be speaking? yelling? singing? playing music?). Simply record your voice, then record any additional material and import everything into your podcasting software to mix and edit it. After you’ve edited your recording to your level of satisfaction, export it. And you’re done!