Wow! Thanks one and all! I certainly got more feedback than I anticipated.
You’ve all convinced me to forget the USB turntable idea. I’d hate to admit I’m totally clueless but lets just say I’m at least in part, techo challenged. I follow directions really well tho.
My stereo can be set up next my computer. My system is old and I’m guessing of moderate quality. (Technics Turntable quartz Direct Drive, auto turntable, SL-Q035 with a JVC receiver RX 450 w/ SEA equalizer). I haven’t used the turn table in many years and no doubt a new stylus is in order if they still make them!
My puter is equipped with at Realtek High Def soundcard (I think:p).
The only software I have that I think does this kind of thing is Nero 7 Ultra with the Wave Editor program.
I’m not looking for absolute perfection when backing up to CD, only to have the music available to play in another, more portable format. I might consider looking into the pop and clicks removal software if the LP is in truly bad shape. Alas, some of my vinyl has seen better days. If I knew then what I know now, I’m sure I would have been a bit more careful; though I wasn’t a complete barbarian to my albums.
That all said I have the following questions:
1: If I understand it correctly, my receiver works as the pre-amp, right?
2: So all I need to do is use an RCA plug equipped cable and go from some (as yet unidentified) output port on the receiver to the input port on my puters sound card. Yes?
3: Is there a specific way to identify the sound card input port or is it fairly obvious?
Then I assume it’s just follow the directions on the software? (I’ll look into the wavelab and cooledit software mentioned as well… thnx)
When you do the back up to your harddrive is it done in wav format? And then you convert it to MP3 using something like WMP when you burn it to CD?
Thanks to everyone … the information was excellent and very helpful.