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How to Copy Records Yourself

The following advice is general in nature.

You may need to obtain more specific advice concerning the configuration of your own equipment.

If you live in a suburb of Sydney, Australia and have all the necessary equipment and you want to copy your records to a digital format, but you're finding that setting up, configuring and operating the equipment is all too difficult, Andrew from CD Makers can come to you and set up your equipment and train you how to use it.

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Equipment Required

A Record Player

A record player, also known as a turntable is required so that you can play your records.

Some recent model record players have an output level that is compatible with recording devices, thus negating the need for an amplifier. And some even have built-in SD card readers or USB drive sockets, allowing recording directly to a digital format.

If you don't already have a record player, be prepared to spend some money. Any record player that is less than a hundred dollars is unlikely to be fit for the purpose. Expect to spend between $200 and $300 for anything decent. Of course much more can be spent on audiophile players.

An Amplifier

An amplifier with a PHONO setting is required for most record players, because the output signal from most record players is not compatible with most recording devices. The PHONO setting on an amplifier corrects the signal so that it is compatible with most recording devices.

Dedicated Phono amplifiers can also be used. Examples include the Pro-ject Audio Phono Box available at JB Hifi and the Behringer PP400 Phono Preamp available at Store DJ

A Recording Device

A computer with a LINE INPUT can be used to record the audio.

You can also use some dedicated digital recorders such as the Zoom H4n or the Roland R-05.

Appropriate cables that match the sockets on the devices being used will need to be obtained.

Connecting the Equipment

Most record players have a pair of RCA jacks that need to be connected to the PHONO jacks on an amplifier with a PHONO setting.

Most record players also have an Earth wire that also needs to be connected to the appropriate connector on an amplifier.

And RCA cables should be used to connect the amplifier to the recording device. Plug one end of the cable into the REC OUT socket on the back of the amplifier.

The type of cable will depend on the equipment you have.

Most modern recording equipment will have a mini stereo jack, but some may have full-sized jacks or RCA connectors.

Recording The Audio

On the computer, there is a large amount of software designed for audio recording. Some are complicated and expensive, and some are simple and inexpensive, and some are even free.

My favourite paid recorder is Magix Sound Forge (although I do prefer the Sony Sound Forge version 9 to the current Magix version) and my favourite free recording software is Messer (Memo Session Sound Recorder) It is easy to set up, easy to use, and reliable.

But ask 10 recording operators about their favourite software and you're likely to receive 10 different answers.

If using a stand-alone digital recorder, you will need to look for one that has LINE level inputs and an ability to set recording levels.

There are many that will capably do the job, but my favorite for this purpose is the Roland R-05.

Suitable alternatives include the Zoom H4n and the Tascam DR-40.