Wow, I haven’t done this since the late ’90’s. Back then, I hooked up the record player via a receiver’s TAPE outputs into a sound card for recording. Today, you can get record players with USB output if I am not mistaken.
I’m not looking to preserve the vinyl experience I just want something better than MP3. The problem that I’ve read about USB turntables is that the software leaves much to be desired and is often sub-par. Using a phono preamp and regular turntable relies on third party software, which isn’t so bad but apparently has a steep learning curve not to mention the cost of all of the gear.
I was curious if someone in the MR community has messed around with this sort of thing recently.
Don’t use the software included with USB record players; you’re right most of it is bad. It’ll act like any sound input device so just use a program like Audacity to record the tracks and you’ll be fine.
Naturally a USB turntable would be ideal for a variety of reasons so I would have to search for one with decent reviews. Any suggestions?
Audacity is what I saw referred to as having a steep learning curve. I would prefer something intuitive but for the price maybe this would be the best bet? I suppose that my biggest fear is that I have to manually cue each track and record it so that side one of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon isn’t one big ole track.