Music Whilst Travelling – Vinyl Ripping

The Vinyl Collection

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.

My vinyl collection
My vinyl collection

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.

Vinyl played off of the Project RM5 turntable
Vinyl played off of the Project RM5 turntable

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).

DAC is a Cambridge Audio DAC Magic & storage is a raid 1 setup
DAC is a Cambridge Audio DAC Magic & storage is a raid 1 setup

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.

Audacity session
Audacity session

It only then remains to transfer the music to the player of your choice for the bike rides or car trips.



Primetime Jazz 15 January 2016 Feat. Michael Brecker


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.

This Narrow Isthmus” by The Julien Wilson Quartet features the following Musicians;

Julien Wilson – tenor sax & clarinet

Barney McAll – grand piano

Allan Browne – drums & cymbals

Jonathan Zwartz – double bass

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.

The Playlist

  1. Steve Kuhn Trio – My Shining Hour (2016 At This Time Sunnyside Records)
  2. Robert Burke – Mercurochrome (2015 Power of the Idea Jazzhead Records)
  3. Don McCaslin’s Warmth – Afro Blue (2015 The Best of Don McCaslin’s Warmth Tramp Records)
  4. The Julien Wilson Quartet – Bernie (2015 This Narrow Isthmus Lionsharecords)
  5. David Ades – Blahh (2015 A Life In A Day Lionsharecords)
  6. Alister Spence Trio – 7th Song (2015 Alister Spence Trio)
  7. Cecilia Stalin – You Are Feat. Stimulus (2016 The Love Ep)
  8. Kristin Berardi Sean Foran Rafael Karlen – Hope in My Pocket (2015 Hope in My Pocket Self Release)
  9. Harold Mabern – Billie’s Bounce featuring Kurt Elling (2015 Afro Blue Smoke Sessions Records)
  10. Aaron Diehl – Uranus (2015 Space, Time, Continuum Mack Avenue Records)
  11. Camilla Meza – Traces (2016 Traces Sunnyside Records)
  12. GoGo Penguin – All Res (2016 Man Made Object Blue Note Records)
  13. Nat Birchall – A Luta Continua (2015 Invocations Jazzman Records)
  14. Umo Jazz Orchestra with Michael Brecker – Slang (2015 Live In Helsinki 1995 Random Act Records)
  15. The Jac – The Green Hour (2015 The Green Hour Rattle Jazz)
  16. The Julien Wilson Quartet – McGod (2015 This Narrow Isthmus Lionsharecords)

Primetime Jazz – 13th Jan 2016 Feat. Duke Ellington


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.

The Playlist

  1. Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra – I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart (1938 I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart Decca Records)
  2. Benny Goodman and His Orchestra – Let’s Dance (1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert Columbia)
  3. Artie Shaw and His Orchestra – Serenade to a Savage (1940 Serenade to a Savage His Master’s Voice)
  4. Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra – Skyliner (1940 Dance Bash Verve Records)
  5. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra – Pennsylvania 65000 (1940 Pennsylvania 65000 RCA Bluebird Records)
  6. Woody Herman and His Orchestra – Beat Me, Daddy, Eight to the Bar (1944 Beat Me, Daddy, Eight to the Bar Decca Records)
  7. Coleman Hawkins Quintet – Night And Day (1944 The Complete Keynote Collection Verve Records)
  8. Harry James and His Orchestra – Record Session (1947 Harry James Dance Parade Columbia Records)
  9. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – 9:20 Special (1947 22 Original Big Band Recordings Victor Records)
  10. Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra – Opus One (1955 This Is Tommy Dorsey RCA Victor)
  11. The Woody Herman Big Band – Stomping at the Savoy (1963 Hey Heard The Herd Verve Records)
  12. Bill Harris And His Orchestra – Blackstrap (1950 Bill Not Phil Clef Records)
  13. The Louie Bellson Quintet ‎feat Zoot Sims – Charlie’s Blues (1990 Louis Bellson Norgran Records)
  14. Mark Murphy – Send For Me (1960 Mark Murphy’s Hip Parade Capitol Records)
  15. Ralph Burns Among The JATPs – Introspection (1965 Kings of Swing Vol II Verve Records)
  16. Joe Castro – Jeannie’s Waltz (2015 Lush Life (Disc 5) Reflection Sunnyside Records)
  17. Stan Getz – Handful of Stars (1965 The Melodic Stan Getz Metro Records)
  18. Joe Castro – All of Me (2015 Lush Life (Disc 2) Falcon Blues Sunnyside Records)
  19. Gene Krupa and His Orchestra – That Drummer’s Band (1966 That Drummer’s Band VSP Italy)
  20. Oscar Peterson  – O.P. (1994 Swingin Brass Verve Records)
  21. Joe Castro – Tea for Two (2015 Lush Life (Disc 2) Falcon Blues Sunnyside Records)
  22. Umo Jazz Orchestra with Michael Brecker – Never Alone (1995 Live in Helsinki 1995 Random Act Records)
  23. Charles Tolliver Big Band – With Love (2006 With Love Blue Note Records)
  24. Alan Broadbent & The NDR Big Band – Sonny’s Step (2014 America the Beautiful Jan Mathias Records)
  25. Frank Lacy & The Mingus Big Band – Dry Cleaner from Des Moines (2015 Mingus Sings Swing Sunnyside Records)
  26. Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones – Band of Bones Blues (2015 Stomp! Band of Bones Productions)
  27. Adelaide University Big Band – Theme & Variations (1994 Live in Adelaide)