Software and hardware setup does everyone recommend?I rebuilt my 1200's from the ground up and soldered on the heavy duty gold plated RCA patch cords. I am using an Ortofon Arkiv Concorde cartridge & stylus.I use Serato Scratch fairly often (with my Shure M44's) and the SL1 interface seems to record fairly well into the .aiff format.Is there a better way to do it? It seems like the most direct method of getting the data into the PC. I am a producer and have all software at my disposal. I use Soundforge, Goldwave, Acid, Protools, Sonar, Cubase, etc. on my Thinkpad T61P on a regular basis. Speed/latency is not a concern. I maxed out my RAM at 3gb & also dual boot to stripped bare-bones version of XP.What will give me the best quality? Throw all tips at me (tracking weight, stylus, balanced inputs, etc).Much Appreciated.
Hi, just to not open a new topic, I want to know which is the best way to record vinyl 44.1 or 48khz? It's good to capture at 48khz, edit and then resample to 44.1 or record directly to 44.1, can someone give an advice which is best?
Record shops are unlikely to carry it. Hifi shops are more likely, but who wants to walk into one of those establishments for a single record? Needledoctor.com and acousticsounds.com carry it.That said, you can also get alignment protractors for free, and there are allegedly test records of a superior quality produced nowadays (The Ultimate Analogue Test LP).
OK, I'll backtrack a bit and state that 99% of what you need is the protractor, and 1% is the test record Having something to calibrate antiskate with is nice, and that's largely why you need the test record. Everything after that is fairly incremental stuff that takes a lot of work to get right and doesn't have a major (or even minor) sonic benefit.Oh, that reminds me, do you have a working stylus force gauge? Shure's $20 is the usual recommendation, but one should be able to find a much better digital scale for around the same price. Some people have been known to buy them from head shops, actually.
O RLY?? The Ultimate LP has superseded B&K/CBS/JVC/etc?
Fantastic answers that help a lot. Thanks again guys.I got the newer reference record, shure force gauge and My only concerns left are:1. Ripping into Serato Scratch Live. SSL offers a USB 1 connection but I have no problems. The quality seems great without issue. I believe that it has the RIAA eq curve. I have a Denon DN-X100 mixer and the Technics 1200's seem grounded well. Is there a better way?
2. My Ortofon Arkiv Cartridge. I can't find many reviews but the ones I do are all positive. I ripped one 12" single and it sounds great on my Dynaudio BM5A's. I wish the highs were a little higher but I think the lack of it was in the mastering.
3. Record brush... Any recommendations? I saw one by Audioquest. I also saw "Gruv Glide". Anybody have experience with that? I have a lot of records but will only be sampling about 300 so I don't mind handwashing.
4. Turntable grounding. I have it grounded to my denon DN-X100 mixer which seems fairly quiet. I tried to ground it through my technics + DMC 1200 battle mixer and it hums like crazy. Will it ground better going through the RCA via the "SL1200 conversion" that seems very popular? I think that may be more for convenience but want the best ground. Again, I have gold to gold RCA's and I upgraded to the heavy duty Technics RCA's.
I'm just aiming to get the best quality possible with what I have without going crazy. Being a producer, I know that I can go crazy and spend thousands but I do that with monitors and such. I think I have good quality components that should let me rip great sounding samples. I guess I just want to "fine tune" and do it right the first time. I use Acappella's and old funk samples for remixes and such so I want great quality.