How-to: Copying Vinyl Records to PC
If you are a music enthusiast, you probably have a whole collection of rare Vinyl records, in your closet collecting dust. These days it’s getting really rare to find some of your old favorite collections. Why not turn your old favorite collections into MP3 format this weekend, before your records get totally scratched and unplayable.
I had a request from my aunt recently, if I could turn her extremely old rare Vinyl Record into a playable CD format, after her old turntable “kicked the bucket.” Turning your old Vinyl Records into digital format such as on CD to be played on a CD Player or MP3 format is really easy to do. So today, I’d like to show you the tools I used and How easy it was for me, copying vinyl records to your PC turn my aunt’s old Vinyl collection onto my pc
For this Tutorial, I used an
- Optimus 1100 Turntable with built-in amp (These days you can pickup a USB Plug in Play Turntable)
- USB DVD Maker 2
I used DVD Maker 2 from Kworld. It allows you to capture VHS Cassettes and Audio devices to your computer, running Microsoft Windows 7. I used Cyber link Power Director to capture the Audio. Since the turntable I used had the old RCA (Red and White) Audio connections, (your setup may be a little different), this is because these days, most turntables have a USB Connection, and you can use your favorite capture program such as Audacity, which you can get for free. I like to use third party software tools, as I find it easier to use, but this is entirely up to you.
Please Note: This tutorial is based on the equipment I used.
Install DVD MAKER 2 Software and Drivers.
If you are going to use DVD Maker 2, plug in the USB Gadget and install the Drivers and software for your Windows PC.
Start Cyber link Power Director
We are going to use Cyber Link Power Director, to capture the Audio from the turntable.
Go to the Capture menu, and select capture from PC Microphone.
Select Settings, and under Audio Setup, choose the input device you are going to use, for example you can select (Line) USB Turntable, or in this example, Line USB 2861 Device (Which is the USB DVD Maker Device).
Press Play on the turntable
In Cyber Link Power Director, Press the record button to start recording. It will save in wav format.
Once the record is finished, press the stop button in Cyber Link Power Director, it will then ask you to save the recording to a file.
That’s it, you can then edit the file format, individual files for each sound track, using your favourite software, just name the file and you can save it to any audio format, such as MP3 format, or copy it, using your favourite burning software to play music on a cd player .
Recording your old vinyl records to your computer does not have to be expensive, and as you can see it’s pretty easy to do. Most turntables on the market, now have USB connector, so the additional DVD Maker is not really necessary, as well as Cyber Link Power Director, you could use any audio capture utility. This method was the only option available to me at the time, so I had to stick to this method. What methods do you use to record your vinyl records? Have your say by leaving your comments below. If you found this article to be useful please like and share a like.
Images by Anthony Rousek, main image from Google Images