Copying / saving -your VINYL or AUDIO CASSETTE to Mp3
The CORE components=
You have a record deck or Cassette unit /player with SIGNAL OUTPUTS i.e usual RCA plugs attached? NOTE I am NOT talking about the so called for example ION with USB outputs turntables and or similar units!
Magnetic cartridge in good working order!
You have to hand a PHONO PRE AMP module or similar RIAA PRE AMP Audio interface?
A decent sound card or audio input on your computer to save the sound to?
Computer software to record your audio into and convert to Mp3 ? Write to Cd et
I’m going to show you HOW I recorded MY vinyl tracks / cassettes to the computer and converted to Mp3
Firstly I had a TURNTABLE with MAGNETIC Cartridge (though you CAN USE a cheaper crystal or ceramic cartridge but you must NOT use the PHONO inputs for this! MORE INFO HERE)
- A MAGNETIC cartridge gives a LOW OUTPUT signal hence why it needs a PHONO PRE AMP input or MODULE interface. (Moving Magnet has a comparatively high output - around 5 mV (milli-volts) on average, whereas Moving Coil has a comparatively low output - around 0.5 mV on average.)
- A CRYSTAL or CERAMIC pickup cartridge gives a much higher output
(250mv - 500mv)and can be used on an appropriate standard RCA et input.
the output from a pick-up cartridge isn't "flat" which, in a nut-shell, means the treble is louder than the mid-range, and the mid-range is louder than the bass.
So all you'll hear by hooking-up the turntable straight to an amplifier's "line" or "aux" input is tinny but quiet treble. MORE HERE
When we record tracks in the studio, we often use COMPRESSION to compensate for the LOW or SOFT parts of a signal, i.e vocals with a whisper to soft where the louder parts even out to let the softer parts come through BUT you need a decent signal in the first place to get the best from all of that!
Now this page is NOT dedicated nor referenced to the AUDIOPHILES of you lot, I’m aiming this at those of us who want a decent copy of the original that is pleasing to listen to and is not going to be total perfection BUT still VERY acceptable re i.e Mp3 (You can with the right software also record to Cd / wav file outputs et )
Most of you simply want to put together a simple system that allows you to record straight to your software, master the track and save to Mp3?
It’s why I use a PHONO PRE AMP module BUT it has an added bonus that is particularly good when it comes to my recording. It automatically balances out the signal so I don’t need to worry about doing anything other than recording, converting to Mp3
A pre amp module that uses the RIAA standard.MORE HERE
Phono Preamps and RIAA Equalisation
The difference between an ordinary preamp and a phono preamp is its frequency response: The phono preamp has to "equalize" the different frequencies which are reproduced by magnetic cartridges at different levels, so they come out "flat". MORE here
So, lets illustrate my set up - based on a MOVING COIL magnet cartridge=
TIP: If you are wanting to record from other sources i.e cassette et it’s a good idea to buy a pre amp RIAA module that has an AUX input aswell as PHONO. HOWEVER you can record direct from the cassette as most have about 500mv to 1v outputs.