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Just to update on this...I finally found some time to try once again setting up all the necessary parts and pieces to begin trying to digitize those darned records.... now with the abovementioned new dual core HP Pavilion desktop PC. And.... it WORKS!!!!! :o

In short, I'm doing the following: running a 110 AC direct drive turntable. RCA stereo jacks out into a 110 AC stereo pre-amp. RCA stereo jacks out with (on the other end) a single stereo mini-plug that goes into the stereo line-in jack on the back of my desktop PC. Using free Audiograbber 1.83 software to do the automatic line-in recording and track/file splitting.

There are a couple changes now from my original aborted/unsuccessful attempt...

1. The PC: The new PC certainly helps. But it has a RealTek HD onboard sound system, whereas my prior Pentium desktop had a separate Turtle Beach PCI sound card. So far, using the line-in jack, the quality of the recordings with the RealTek seems fine and good tone. I had considered looking for a new sound card to install, but the many reported problems with SoundBlaster cards and MS Vista put me off, for the time being.

2. The Grounding: Even though I didn't manage to get my degree in electrical engineering along the way ( :D ) like some of you guys, I did manage to take the grounding cable from the back of my Technics SL-D93 direct drive turntable and connect it to a metal screw on the back of my nearby desktop PC -- something I hadn't done in the original go.

3. The Pre-Amp: Because I didn't bring all my traditional 110 AC stereo gear and speakers from my past home in California, I don't have a traditional stereo with lines out in my home. Thus, to get pre-amp coming out of the turntable, I'm using a Recoton SP-2 stereo pre-amp purchased from back in the U.S. (a little small metal box with a pair of in and out RCA jacks, and an 110 AC power cord).

4. The Power Converter: Because the turntable and the pre-amp are both 110 AC, they are both plugged into a good quality 1500 watt 110/200 power converter/cleaner. It's nice because this model has 3 available plugs, 2 serving 220 and 1 serving 110... So the rest of my PC set-up is plugged into the 220, while the U.S. audio stuff is plugged into the 110.

5. Software: Using the free AudioGrabber 1.83 software, and downloaded and installed the separate (available on the Internet) LAME encoder for converting to MP3s.... The software works great, is very configurable to different quality settings using its line-in sampling function. It's particularly good for converting LPs, because it has adjustable track splitting with either hard or fade-out cuts... That means you can play an entire side of a record non-stop, and the software will automatically record it and cut the files into separate WAV/MP3s for each song as it goes...breaking them based on the silence typically found between tracks. The software also gives you the choice of recording as WAV files, duplicate WAV and MP3 files, or recording WAV files, converting to MP3s and then deleting the much larger original WAVs -- all automatically.

6. Cables: Yes, one thing I found that is helpful is to carefully physically separate all the different cables involved: the RCA sound cables, the power cord cables and the pre-amp cables, so they are not on top of each other and such. Right now, with all the power and units turned on (but not playing any sound from the turntable), I'm getting .10% to .15% "noise" (that's about one-tenth of one percent -- not 10 to 15%) on the line-in volume meter when I sample it. Even when I turn up my speakers full, there's nothing audible that comes thru from that.

Welcome any comments or feedback on all of this... Thanks to everyone above for your suggestions and guidance....

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...Welcome any comments or feedback on all of this... Thanks to everyone above for your suggestions and guidance....

Phew! What a set-up! Can you say what LPs you have, as I have left a LOT in the UK and have spent many years slowly finding FLAC or MP3 equivalents of just about everything I have on vinyl.

Depending on your tastes, I can point you to a good '60s site.

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JetSet, my tastes in music are pretty broad encompassing rock, pop, jazz, r 'n' b, and such....anything from the 60s onward.

Though in terms of the records I shipped/brought over here, all of those are pretty much early 70s through 80s stuff... mostly American and English rock n roll and fusion jazz.... Everything after that in time was CDs, of course, so all those were ripped to MP3s and I keep in that format before I ever moved here...

This is actually my third step in this long laborious process.... Before I ever moved, I ripped all my CDs to MP3s.... And then I ripped a smaller portion of old cassette tapes to digital files, also before I moved. But I couldn't quite get to all the LPs in time. So the LPs become a post-move project...the last step.

I think the LPs I'm currently working my way thru include (usually multiple different records by the same artists -- if I like them, I like them...) Stevie Wonder, Santana, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, The Moody Blues, The Crusaders, Art Garfunkel, Bob James and Earl Klugh, Lee Ritenour, Manhattan Transfer, the Beach Boys, and some others.... not forgetting, last but not least... (wonder if anyone here in LOS knows them... Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes... :o

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