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2005-01-17, 13:36
I'm digitizing my vinyl collection too, but I must say I NEVER use any
cleaning tools. Good tools will surely exist, but I have not found them yet
- I always get the feeling I listen with some sort of bag over my head after
trying to clean the original sound. So I record the records as they are:
directly to WAV and leave the record noises and scratches as they are - the
crisper the better. Just reminds me where these tracks originally came from
:-)

The volume problem was solved for me using MP3Gain, which is much better
than normalizing and is non-destructive: http://mp3gain.sourceforge.net/

Complete process for me is:
- record to WAV via line-in
- Split to tracks using WAVsplitter
- Encode to HQ MP3 (using Audiograbber + Lame encoder)
- Volume levelling using MP3Gain
- Tag using Tag & Rename

....a quite intensive process, but at least I get to hear all my records once
again :-)

Peter


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From: Donald MacNeill [mailto:donald.macneill (AT) virgin (DOT) net]
Sent: maandag 17 januari 2005 18:50
To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
Subject: [slim] Recommendations for copying vinyl for squeezebox use


Hi,

Not specifically a squeezebox question, but hopefully a few folk out there
will have tackled this one.

I'm currently copying my old vinyl onto CD prior to ripping to the PC hard
drive. This way I have a WAV version for future use, and an MP3 for
streaming to the squeezebox.

The CD - computer work is done by EAC + LAME encoder - works plenty well
enough for me.

I'm using Steinberg's 'Clean' software to record the vinyl - but the
finished results seem a bit dull, and low volume by comparison to stuff
ripped straight from 'proper' CDs.

Has anyone any other suggestions? I've done about 50/60 of 350, so if
there's a better way I'd love to know about it sooner rather than later!

Thanks in advance

Donald