- Vinyl to MP3 software
I’ve bought one of those USB turntables with the intention of converting all my vinyl albums to mp3 & CD. My problem is that the software that came with the turntable is not very user friendly, and actually quite high maintenance; you have to sit and listen to the albums in their entirety in order to tell it when each track has ended.
I was hoping the software would be able to work this out – such as by downloading the album info’ etc.
Does anyone know of any software that is quite user friendly, not particularly labour intensive, works out the tracks???Posted 5 years agoscaredypantsSubscriber
If you record with/to audacity (has to be in real time I think), you can then go back to the file and get a visual prompt where there’s an end of a track just by dragging along and looking for flatspots
I doubt anything (free/cheap) can put in all the tags for you thoughPosted 5 years agoCountZeroMember
I really don’t think you’ll find any software that can do what you want. Recording in real time is inevitable, just like doing mix/compilation tapes from vinyl, and the software will show the spaces between the tracks, but what you have to remember is that it’s also ‘hearing’ the stylus noise, plus any pops, crackles, etc in those quiet bits, exactly as it will ‘hear’ quiet/silent pauses during the actual tracks, false endings and the like. No software will be able to discriminate between track endings and false endings/quiet passages/pauses.Posted 5 years ago
You’re basically asking for software that can discriminate as well as a human; ain’t gonna happen.
Sorry, but you’re going to have to do it the hard way.RastapopolousMember
I’ve used VinylStudio in the past. It records each side to wav, downloads track info, makes a stab at putting in track breaks (mostly successful), has some automated and manual tools for removing/attenuating spikes, hum, etc and enables you to output to compressed formats. It’s not free but I was happy to pay for something user friendly rather than muck around with a handle of free programs.Posted 5 years ago
Ta very much for the suggestions – as I said, I really don’t mind paying for something that’s clever/intuitive/hassle free…etc.
Sorry, but you’re going to have to do it the hard way.
Not enough hours in the day – we’re talking a lot of vinyl here.
Save yourself loads of bother and just download the MP3s!
If I had the money I probably would.Posted 5 years agojohnnymireMember
It seems like Vinyl Studio does everything that one needs. Before I recorded into Audacity as mentioned above, cut up the tracks, exported as MP3s (you need to install the LAME library) and then used MAGIX’s mp3 software to tag them. Whole lot of effort. Mildred, how did you find Vinyl Studio?Posted 5 years agobob_summersMember
I started putting my entire CD and vinyl collection onto the computer. Didn’t take long to get fed up with the vinyl process so just downloaded them , not legal I suppose but having already paid for them I don’t really care.Posted 5 years ago
A lot of stuff is in flac format via pirate bay etc, anything rare usually turns up on soulseek.bigyinnMember
Generally I’ll try and find MP3s of the album’s I want, but theres a couple first pressing that are different to the later ones and I cnat find MPs.Posted 5 years ago
I’ve got a video / audio capture PCI card that I should be able to plug my existing turntable straight into, but without an amp, im not sure how good it will be. I suppose I could route the turntable into the amp and then from the AMP to the card somehow.jambourgieMember
When I rip full albums I do it one side at a time – two files. Saves all the topping and tailing, and you don’t interrupt the vinyl ‘surface noise’, which is one of the benefits of ripping vinyl in my opinion.
Why bother with MP3? You’re basically compromising your sound. Storage is cheap these days, I can’t see the point in it personally. If you don’t want to use WAV/AIF because you want to embed tags and artwork etc then use a loss-less compression such as FLAC.Posted 5 years ago
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