How can I record vinyl LP's to my computer?

Question

My system will not backup old vinyl LP's and cassette tapes to the computer as expected. Components are: Win98 SE, EZ CD Creator 5.1 'Spin Doctor' module, Sony receiver, turntable and tape deck, and a 1997 DOS-based SoundBlaster model PC1128 card. (This card works fine for playback of music already in the computer.)

Hooked up the receiver using dual RCA audio plugs and the sound card using the phone input jack. The systems are 45 feet apart. The music came through the computer speakers fine, but there was some feedback and I had to unplug the output jack to stop it. I could then only hear the output on the stereo system speakers. The EZ-CD Spin Doctor showed that the song was being recorded. But on playback, there was nothing but a low hum, no music at all. It didn't matter what music format I selected.

Could the problem be the old audio card? Or is it just not possible to feed music into the computer this way?

Thanks,

Bob F, Tempe

Answer

This question was answered on May 10, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

My advice is to record right out the speakers, using MEDIA RACK, which is popular on most Hewlett Packard models For more information visit http://www.willowpond.com

record at 128 kb for best quality

if too loud - record at a lower kb rate

if too low - record at a higher kb rate

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Posted by Eli of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on May 10, 2004