One disadvantage of being a “Vinyl Junkie” and someone who likes to travel a lot is not being able to carry the record collection along in the Patrol or even more difficult, on the bike.
Whilst my vinyl collection is not the largest in the world it does contain tunes that mean a lot to me and tunes that I never get tired of hearing.
So what to do when you need to have that music, in crackly format for authentication, on the road with you?
Rip to digital of course.
The Signal Path
Here’s how i do it………
My turntable is a modified Project 5.1. The turntable feeds into a Rega Fono Mini A2D phono preamp and then via silver RCA connectors and un-shielded silver wire into a NAD M15 pre-amp.
I take a digital output from the NAD into a Cambridge DacMagic upsampling DAC. The DacMagic converts to audio and then via a Creative SX the signal is converted back to digital. This is then fed via USB into a laptop. You can also see in the photo below my Raid 1 external storage unit (2 x 1TB hard drives).
The Software – Audacity
For many years I have been using the free audio software program Audacity. Audacity is incredibly versatile not only for 2 track recording but also for editing and sound engineering. I rip at 9600 and save in FLAC file format. The Audacity software allows normalizing and the removal of clicks very easily and quickly. I do spend time removing the most severe of clicks and pops but do tend to leave some in to retain that vinyl feel.
It only then remains to transfer the music to the player of your choice for the bike rides or car trips.
The Radio Adelaide Primetime Jazz show for Friday evening carries the theme “What’s New”. My first show for 2016 features music released late 2015 as well as three releases from Sunnyside Records out early in 2016. There’s a track from a stunning release featuring Michael Brecker.
The music comes from artists across the globe with a special focus on the Melbourne based saxophonist Julien Wilson who, through his label Lionsharecords, released “This Narrow Isthmus” and “A Life In A Day” late in 2015. I feature releases from these two CDs on this show not only because they contain wonderful music but also as Julien will be performing in Adelaide on Monday 18th January at the COMA Sessions, Wheatsheaf Hotel.
The CD “A Life In A Day” is Australian alto saxophonist David Ades’ final album which was recorded in New York September 2013. The release features an 8 page booklet with liner notes, photos and art by Dave’s family and friends and features the following musicians;
David Ades – alto saxophone
Tony Malaby – soprano & tenor saxophones
Mark Helias – bass
Gerald Cleaver – drums
The radio show is available to hear again through the “Listen Again” feature on the Radio Adelaide website.
Steve Kuhn Trio – My Shining Hour (2016 At This Time Sunnyside Records)
The Wednesday editions of Primetime Jazz on Radio Adelaide have the theme “Big Band & Swing”. I have been presenting the Wednesday show since August 2015 and have finally found a format that I enjoy and seems to appeal to the listeners who take the time to contact me during the show. Tonight’s show features a 1947 track by Duke Ellington.
I like to delve back into the LP and CD collection I have, track down artists unfamiliar to me and present in a chronological order – oldest to newest. For this show I played a few more “newer” releases in the Big Band genre and to my delight did not recieve any negative feedback.
The show can be heard again on the Radio Adelaide website via the “Listen Again” feature.