[internetworkers] LP to MP3 conversion
jim at neuse.net
Mon Jan 22 19:35:17 EST 2007
I'm looking at some vintage vinyl that I'd love to digitize. Who made that
turntable you recommend? My turntable has that wow and flutter thang gwine
on. I can't see letting the Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield, Neil
Young, Yes et al going to the musical graveyard.
Seems like there's a 45 flipside to Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin in the
stack. Ah, the good ole days.
Jim Ray, President
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: internetworkers-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:internetworkers-
> bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Roger Austin
> Sent: Monday, January 22, 2007 6:57 PM
> To: Internetworkers: http://www.ibiblio.org/internetworkers/
> Subject: Re: [internetworkers] LP to MP3 conversion
> matusiak wrote:
> > The NY Times heard your call and (a few months late) has responded
> > with an article which discusses converting your old record albums
> > into digital music files.
> I can't get to the NY Times site due to registration issues, but I
> would agree with the article that LP conversion is becoming easier.
> I like the USB turntable since I have limited space and it fits in
> my work area (barely) without a lot of extra stuff and wires. I've
> converted over 250 albums so far and have about 150 more of MissHunt's
> collection. After that, I get my collection out of storage and start
> about 1000 albums. Thankfully, about 10-15% may be duplicates. I now
> buy blank CDs on the 100 pack spindle.
> I thank everybody on the list who had advice on how to get started.
> Some Notes:
> I have had to clean a number of them due to LP fungus.
> A number of them needed massive manual clean up of divots via the
> I don't cut them up into tracks, but just do sides of LPs. We both
> just listen to the entire albums so tracks aren't an issue.
> There is no way to store all these CDs in jewel cases. We quickly
> went to binder pages that hold four CDs in one page.
> There is no way to put the pages into binders since we don't have
> that much shelf space. I use cut-down paper boxes to store and index
> them now.
> I am also entering them into a database so we can organize our
> future trips to the used LP and antique stores, plus I wouldn't be
> much of a geek if I didn't set up a database on almost everything.
> I like Wanda Landowska harpsichord music (1950's) after listening
> to about five to six hours of it. Who knew?
> I didn't know that there had been LPs of Dylan Thomas reading poetry.
> It was fun to listen to the Limeliters and Kingston Trio tunes again.
> I just finished MissHunt's Joni Mitchell albums and realized that we
> don't overlap much on our JM LPs.
> I am now on her Simon and Garfunkel LPs.
> Mama Cass had an album named "Mama's Big Ones" ...snicker...
> So far, I have refused to convert MissHunt's Barbara Stresand LPs due
> to the obvious nausea problems. I may need to apply massive amounts
> of Merlot to get through that. Thankfully, I don't have to listen to
> them as I convert, but the Merlot still sounds like a good idea. I
> just thank the wood spirits that she didn't like Barry Mantilo (sp?).
> I don't plan to convert her Christmas albums since neither of us is
> into the festive season.
> I was excited to see that she had some bagpipe music to add to our
> The LP conversion is easy and I think it represents a huge untapped
> resource for a lot of us over 50 who have LP collections. Converting
> them to CDs and/or MP3s takes time, but is worth it. The lack of
> decent popular music being produced currently makes it a no brainer
> for us. We still purchase a lot of CDs from labels, but now have a
> lot of other music to play on trips.
> I paid about $150 for my turntable and it is worth every penny. It
> is cheap plastic, but I would buy it again in a heartbeat. I figure
> it will take all of 2007 to go through all our albums.
> Enjoy, Roger
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