Rip CDs & Vinyl- Part 2: Record Vinyl

How to Digitalize (Rip) Music from Your CDs and Vinyl Records

Part 2 -Record Vinyl

Please note that you cannot legally make DIGITAL COPIES of records or CDs that you own in all countries. Before making copies of your media, always verify legislation in the country in which you reside.

This is Part 2 of a three part tutorial on how to make digital copies of music CDs and vinyl recordings that you own.

  • Part 1 – Requirements and setup to make digital copies of vinyl recordings
  • Part 2 – Process to make digital copies of vinyl recordings using Audacity music editor
  • Part 3 – Requirements and process to make digital copies of music CDs

Now I explain the tedious part of making a digital copy from vinyl to your PC.

But, before starting, there is one very important audio setting that you should verify: is Stereo Mix enabled in my Sound Recording settings?

Please see this 6 minute YouTube video to learn how to do this: How to Get or Enable Stereo Mix on Windows 10.

I am assuming that you have connected turntable to your preamp, amplifier or receiver and that the output from the selected device is connected to the stereo mini-jack. The mini-jack end should be connected to your PC’s stereo “Line-in” jack, usually found on the back of desktop machines. Please see Part 1 – Vinyl Records of this series

What you need is a turntable with a cartridge and phonograph needle to play the record, a 3.5mm Stereo to Dual RCA Audio Cable and software to record the sound in stereo.

I will illustrate this process using Audacity, a free music editing app which can be downloaded here: http://www.audacityteam.org/download/Audacity

If you are using the 3.5mm Stereo to Dual RCA Audio Cable as illustrated, the cable should be long enough to reach your device.

TIPS:

  • Use File ―> Edit Metadata Tags to add the Artist/Album information. When saving individual songs, this information is added to the music file
  • As the LP plays, use Edit ―> Add Label At Playback Position (Ctrl-M) will add a label at the playback/recording position of the recording time and Edit ―> Add Label At Marker (Ctrl-B) will add a label at the position of the marker (vertical black line). These labels are used to add the title of each song on the disk.
  • A trick I use is to look for the album using Google and find the song list for the album. This way, you can copy the song titles from the site (quite often they are listed in Wikipedia) to the corresponding label.

Step 1 – upload and install http://www.audacityteam.org/download/Audacity , select the correct operating system (Windows/Mac/Unix)

Step 2 – open Audacity, place the vinyl disk on the turntable and press Record (Round button or the R key)

Step 3 – play the record as you normally would and you will see the following on your Audacity panel:

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Recording a vinyl disk

Step 4 – once side 1 of the recording is finished, click on the Stop (Square) button and turn the record over

Step 5 – restart recording for the second side select Transport ―> Append Record (Ctrl-R) to record at the end of the previous side

What you have now is a complete recording of your vinyl disk with the album information contained in the metadata and each track title under the recording in the Label Track pane. The last step is to save the tracks INDIVIDUALLY: select File ―> Export Multiple.

Here a brief overview of the File ―> Export Multiple panel:

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Overview―Export Multiple
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Select folder―Export Multiple
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Select file format―Export Multiple

All that is left to do is click on Export and the individual files are saved in the folder you chose above.

I organize my folders by “Music/Artist Name/Album Name/” and that is the folder where the individual files are saved.

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