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.

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *