From: Daniel James <daniel@mo...> - 2003-08-18 13:18:56
> I'm recording some LP to transfer it to CD, now
> I connect my turntable to the sound card trough
> a dediucatet preamplifier Terratec Promedia that performs
> the level compensation between the cartridge and
> the line-in socket, and the RIAA conversion
> now my question: is there a way to avoid the
> preamplifier and to record straigth from the cartridge
> to soundcard
Probably not with a modern cartridge - they all need some
amplification to reach line level. On a basic soundcard, the gain
circuits might be quite noisy.
> using some software to emulate the
> RIAA equalizer
I wouldn't worry too much about trying to requalize you records - if
they sound OK to you, then that's great. You can always change
equalisation in the player application later if it's needed.
> (the signal level from the TP is so
> loud that I need to set the recording level near to
> the minimum) ?
That's as it should be - you don't want to apply any gain in the
soundcard if at all possible, because this might introduce noise. As
long as there's no distortion, you should be OK.
> I thing that minus things I put between the source
> (LP) and the destination (CD) than better was the
> signal that I record...
High quality analogue circuits in the path may even help the process,
but it's true that the more expensive the equipment, the fewer knobs
Probably the ultimate way to do this transfer would be to use a very
good turntable, arm and cartridge with something like an Ear 834
phono stage, a top quality Analogue/Digital converter etc etc... but
it might work out cheaper to buy the studio master tapes from the
My vinyl set up is probably a good trade off between price and
quality. I use a Garrard 301, SME arm, moving coil cartridge and
Musical Fidelity X-LPS phono stage, which is now discontinued. I got
mine in the UK for 100 pounds:
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