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New life to old music
Old records, a lot of old records, LP, EP, Singles, Maxisingles., 33", 45" and 78". If you are over 40 you know what this means. It means good old music from the 80's and before. Many people have converted the old records by rebuying them on a digital media like the CD or a file from iTunes or maybe forgot all about them.
Well, I haven't. I love my good old records and I realised that it would be too expensive to rebuy and it is not even possible to rebuy them since some of them have never been published digital. Over two years ago I started to turn all my records into digital files and and I have now completed all LP's, EP's and Maxisingles moving on with the singles. It is so great to hear all the music again on my iPhone, iPad or the like.
It takes a long time because you cannot rip the songs like you can with CD's. You have to play them all the way through. So be prepared.
It is not difficult - I bought a USB-turntable (Numark TTi), installed the software with the drivers. It also came with software to do recording from the old vinyls but it is peace of crap, so I found the program Spin It Again, that does it all (and I send them thanks), I bought it ($34.95) and started. The program is so easy to use - it can even bring the old 78"'ers back to life even though the turntable only does 33" and 45".
The main issues you have when you are doing it is:
- The quality
- The time you spend on entering name of the songs, artists, year etc.
- Splitting the songs on an album
- The name structure of the files that comes out of it
Therefore, the software you are using is essential to the process. Spin It Again solves these issues by
- having preset features to remove clicks and crackles
- looking up albums (at least official albums from many artists) on the internet so you don't have to enter everything yourself
- splitting all songs from an album into seperate files.
- creating a folder for each album on your hard drive