Want to Record LP's onto My Computer?



Hello all, my name is Jarrett and I am wondering if any of you can help me?

I have a ton of LP’s that I would like to convert over into a Digital format, but I don’t know what hardware/software I need to do this. When I look for soundcards that doesn’t seem to be what I need. I need a piece of hardware that has RCA inputs and, if possible, a ground for the Turntable. Does anyone even make anything like this or am I dreaming ?? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your help,



Hi there and welcome aboard.

Let me answer your question quickly. As long as you have a PC that’s equipped with a soundcard, it’s perfectly possible to record analog sounds on it. As you indeed don’t have any RCA bus on your soundcard, you need to buy a convertor cable from 3.5mm stereo jack to 2x RCA. Radioshack has these cables.

You can’t just hook up your turntable to a soundcard. To do so, you need a preamp. Terratec sells these preamps for about $70.
There’s a cheaper way though… I almost presume you have an amplifier that supports phono (turntables) and has either a lineout or a headphones out. What you do is connect one of these two outputs to the line in of your soundcard and record the sound that is coming from the amp. Now, the amp works as a preamp for the turntable and the sound can be recorded.

I hope this helps a little. If you got any more questions, feel free to ask! And euh… good luck!


Radioshack also sells turntables for about $99 US that have the amp built in. These models have ground wires that you can attach to one of the computer case screws for grounding. You’ll also want some decent editing/mastering software to clean up hiss and clicks, if you desire: CoolEdit Pro is my choice, although it’s now owned by Adobe, is called Audition, and costs about twice as much as it used to. This stuff is a piece of cake: it’s working with video on PCs that is a black art! There was an excellent step-by-step guide on how to do this that I ran across a while back. If I can find the link again, I’ll let you know.


Once you get your system setup right , there are a number of good restoration programs out there, Cool edit is good but I’ve had excellent results and support from www.enhancedaudio.com
They have tools in all price ranges and they work very well.
Restoring old Vinyl is one of my passions but I just can’t find the time to do it as much as I’d like.
One thing I’d suggest is if you don’t have a good turntable, don’t waste your time and money on a POS. Invest as much as reasonable on a good turntable and cartridge and stylus. Crap in = crap out.:wink:


don’t bother to burn em yourself
learn to use Kazaa/bittorrent/emule
someone has already done em for you
using far better equipmnt than you will ever have.


Hi nopfengo1

there is a German software company that specialises in LP to CD recording you can find them at http://www.dbpoweramp.com/ they have most of the software and tools available to record LPs onto CD’s and a few years ago they also had some very good free software for download, they also have a very good Audio Guide and support on there website.


Originally posted by sarahjh69
don’t bother to burn em yourself
learn to use Kazaa/bittorrent/emule
someone has already done em for you
using far better equipmnt than you will ever have.

You are taking all the fun out of it. I personally enjoy taking a copy of, say " J Geils Band"“Bloodshot” pressed redwax vinyl, lovingly cleaning, setting the recording levels precisely, and after making my 320 mb wave files ( all the while listening to the great vocals of Peter Wolf) using my trusty Diamondcut 32 restoration software. I then remove any transient noise etc… and burn a very nice cd that would be almost impossible to find. As for equipment, I know what I’m using
:wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink:


An MP3’s Audio quality is not as good as an original wave file imho.


I use my TerraTec DMX 6FIRE 24/96

Furthermore, a direct connection of tape deck and record player is also possible and the supplied power pack of phono amplifier and professional software enables you to polish your oldest records with the finest digital sound!


Originally posted by BoSkin
[B]I use my TerraTec DMX 6FIRE 24/96



I route my turntable through a Yamaha C-50 control amp with direct disk and adjustments for mm and p/F. Its a bit old but completely reconditioned and has a excellent s/n ratio.
DCart 32 was my first restoration program so I am partial to it but I use SF also.


BoSkin Are you out there? Finally got a Terratec and it sounds great! :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile: I was wondering if there was a way to record and have the RIAA phono filter running while the original recording is being made or do you have to run it as a plugin and reprocess the file? Or am I just missing something. All the software I have tried will not allow it.