To be short I do LP->MP3 like this:
- I hook up my gear: Turntables to mixer, mixer to soundcard.
- Fire up CoolEdit and click record.
- Fire up turntable and let it play to the end…(big/fast harddisk required, 1 hour of cd quality recording is about 640MB)
- After recording, let a noize remove plugin cleanup the crackling sounds.
- Mark track starts and end in the file and then CoolEdit automaticly saves them to serperate MP3’s…
My personal favorite for recording is CoolEdit PRO ( http://www.syntrillium.com/cep/index.html ) With the MP3 plugin (based on Fraunhofer’s MP3 codec) you can save the recording directly to MP3.
Another great program is Audiograbber, ( www.audiograbber.com ) mainly used for ripping cdaudio -> wav. But Audiograbber also supports line-in recording. The program let’s you specify what encoder (codec or program) to use. I use Radium’s release of the Fraunhofer MP3 codec. Works great!
Another good and FREE encoder is LAME ( http://www.sulaco.org/mp3/ ) which just encodes WAV -> MP3. LAME is a console program, so it just gets input through the commandline but there is a (FREE) frontend program available called LAMEBATCH. ( http://www.uic.nnov.ru/~loea/index-en.html )
I’m very satisfied with Nero ( www.ahead.de ) for burning audio. Can’t give you any more help here.
I always normalize everything I record. It’s sooooo annoying when different tracks on a compilation have different volumes.
Just try some of these programs/encoders and experiment with them, that’s the best way to find out what’s the best for your needs.
[This message has been edited by Nostrofu (edited 28 March 2000).]