Audio and Video transfers to CD and DVD | CD Makers, Sydney, Australia
Vinyl LP record - one of the many audio formats that CD Makers can transfer.

LP records or 78 rpm records to CD

Australian copyright law prohibits us from copying most commercially available records released since 1954.

But we can still transfer your record if it's a custom home recording, a recording of your wedding, or if you're the artist who appears on the record.

Our transfer will include click and crackle reduction, manually tuned to keep the integrity of the audio.

Transferring records yourself

Australian copyright law allows you to make a copy of a recording that you legitimately own, but prohibits having someone else make the copy for you.

We think this is terribly discriminatory against people who no longer own the old equipment required to play the records or tapes, and also discriminates against those who do not have the technical know-how to make the copy.

Still, that's the law as it currently stands. So if you have records which you want to copy to CD, here's some advice on how to do it yourself.

Transfer Options

  • Vinyl record to audio files on a USB drive.
    • Many hours of audio can be compiled onto a single USB drive.
    • Audio files on USB play on a variety of devices, including computers, modern televisions and home entertainment systems. Many modern cars also play audio directly from USB drives.
    • Audio files can easily be copied from a USB drive using a computer.
  • Vinyl record to premium-grade recordable CD.
    • Cost effective.
    • Convienient - plays on computers and stand-alone audio CD and DVD players.
  • Vinyl record to archive-grade gold recordable CD.
    • For precious recordings. Accelerated aging tests indicate that if these discs are handled and stored correctly, they will last for a hundred or more years.
  • Vinyl record to files which you can download.
    • With increasingly fast internet speeds, the option is available for you to download your audio files from a link we will provide to you.

Vinyl LP or 78 rpm record Specifications

CD Makers can transfer the following types of records:                                                      

  • Disc material:
    • Vinyl
    • Shellac
    • Acetate
  • Disc diameter:
    • Any diameter up to 12 inches
  • Disc speed:
    • Any speed up to 78 r.p.m.

Maximum Duration

A record playing at 33 1/3 r.p.m.can play for any duration up to an hour, but records typically run for about 40 to 45 minutes.
78 r.p.m. records typically run for between 4 and 6 minutes per side.,

The maximum duration of a standard audio CD is 80 minutes.
The maximum duration of a gold archive-grade CD is 74 minutes.

However, for precious recordings, we recommend recording only to about 60 minutes on each CD. This is because the recording starts in the middle of the disc and ends at the outer edge where some older CD players struggle to read the data correctly.


Other pages relevant to Record transfer:                                                      

Compiling and Editing

How to copy records yourself

Copyright law

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