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Seaquam and Cali, I converted all my vinyl to MP3 a few months back. I have wireless media adapters that I use to play all my MP3's over two different systems. I also have ripped my 60+ concert DVD collection to MP3 as well. So cool to be able to pick different live versions of songs to listen to. To rip vinyl, download this free program ( ), and get a mini-plug to RCA adapter and plug your computer sound card into a receiver connected to a turntable. Easiest to record a whole side and then go back and split the songs up. The program then converts the uncompressed recording to MP3. Takes some effort to split the songs and type in names, etc., but people cannot believe they are listening to vinyl when I play it. And I now actually play them as I had my turntable relegated to a third system in my study. Seaquam, I have many SACD's and DVD-A's but, unfortunately, the formats seem to be dying off. Very few new issues on DVD-A, and SACD's are limited now mostly to classical and some jazz. Get Hotel California on DVD-A, as the mix is awesome. Also, the Eagles Farewell Tour DVD is the finest sound mix and resolution of practically anything I have ever heard.
No special software. You just need to get an RCA to mini cord (or an RCA cable and an RCA to mini converter) and plug the turntable's out jack into the mic in on the computer. That, of course, is assuming that your turntable has RCA jacks.

Then get an audio editor for the computer (I use Cool Edit Pro) that you can record on. If you want to really get into it you can get all kinds of EQ software and remastering stuff, it's pretty amazing. Of course, there are all kinds of D/A converters you can buy, but it's pretty unecessary if you're just looking to burn an audio CD.

Check out The Music Shareware Machine for all kinds of free and semi-free audio programs. They have sequenceers, audio editors, EQ, audio restoration, everything you could need.

Of course, you won't find anything as robust and functional as something you have to buy (Like Cool Edit) but there is lots of great stuff. I'd love to help you out if you want, just give the word!
Vinole and CaliCab-- thanks for all the info. Now here's your challenge: convert all that PC mumbo-jumbo to some plain, simple Mac OSX talk. You know, plug and play. No soundcard stuff, just the easy USB-port instant connection. That makes it accessible to my head. I know there's probably an RCA-USB adaptor, and I guess the ground lead can attach anywhere, but after that I'm a little reluctant to dive into the deep end.

Vinole, I have Hotel California; bought a lot of the standards in the last few months (Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, Elvis' Greatest Hits, Marvin Gaye, The Band Last Waltz & Big Pink, etc. etc., whatever DVD-A I could find online) because I really like the surround sound, esp. in my car which has an excellent system. Loved driving through the Canadian prairies a couple of years ago blasting Neil Young Harvest while the sun was coming up.

Just a skosh-- I believe it's "smitten with." "Smitten by" is what happened to the Amalekites when the Hebrews came to town, or some such Biblical heeby-jeeby like that.
Had some links for PC, but had to Google for Mac. Make sure to use AAC format to play on iPod, and don't get me started on why I hate Apple for using a closed system for iPods and iTunes. Three years from now, people will regret they downloaded from iTunes and there will be a backlash.
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Smitten by" is what happened to the Amalekites when the Hebrews came to town, or some such Biblical heeby-jeeby like that.

Ha! Ha a Ha! That was really really funny.

there is no such thing as a RCA to USB connector. One is an audio cable and one a computer cable. Thst would be like trying to plug a USB cable into your stereo speakers.

But, even in Mac world, there should be an audio in on your computer. You just need to plug into that and record on teh PC using some of the software we mentioned. Once it is in te digital domain, you can burn to CD as you always would.

that's probably no more clear...I'll try again tomorrow after I don't have most of a mediocre bottle of cab in me!
Originally posted by steve8:
Originally posted by just a skosh:
Yes, sadly, even when I've gone and done scrubbed up, thrown on the leopardskin, war paint, and vinyl (not necessarily all at once), nothing quite does it for him like a high quality 12-inch single...

There has to be a joke in there somewhere. Big Grin

As an FSU grad, I dig chicks that wear war paint. I'll leave the reference to a quality 12 inch alone...
Dog Walk Shuffle, 1/9/06:

  • The Shins – One By One All Day
  • Garcia & Grisman – The Handsome Cabin Boy
  • Poncho Sanchez – Out of Sight
  • Poncho Sanchez – Hitch it to the Horse (fantastic Latin jazz, inspired by US soul and funk. Think James Brown meets Tito Puente)
  • Grateful dead – Dire Wolf (Great example of Jerry Garcia’s aptitude on the Pedal Steel. many don’t know that he was a common session guy for lap steel, most recognizably on CSN's Teach your Children)
  • 100% handmade Bluegrass - Orange Blossom Special
  • Steely Dan – Midnite Cruiser
  • The Real Live Show – Everytime (The Real Live Show is a band I discovered in teh village one night when I wandered into a hip hop club. very smart and lyrical hip hop, backed by a huge live band of rotating players. People will get up and play and sit down, and drummers will swap out, and there will be two bass players and a guitar than 2 guys on keys and one bass and horns, and co0nstant motion. really a great show, they've been trying to break into the industry for a while now, no idea how far they have gotten)
  • The Decembrists – Clementine (Alt Rock Brit Pop meets Sea Shanties. Interesting stuff)
  • Simon & Garfunkel – The Only Living Boy in New York (Gorgeous)
  • Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto – Desafindo/Off Key (Bossa Nova at its greatest, this time with a French guy singing.)
  • Grateful dead – And We Bid You Goodnight
  • Birth - 2Pho (I cannot say enough good things about birth to enough people. This is one of the most innovative, musical, and fascinating bands I have ever heard in a lifetime seeking out innovative, musical and fascinating bands. You have to be into avant garde stuff, and you have to be looking for something to push boundaries, but these guys have it. It is a mix of experimental jazz, metal influences, a healthy dose of drum n' bass, house and downtempo beats, and so much else. Sax, bass and drums, hands down the most incredible drummer I have ever heard in a guy named Joey Tomino, who is he's now in a band called Dub Trio on ROIR records. This stuff is really on the edge - my wide thinks it's noise - but it just floors me every time I hear anything off any of their albums...)

  • RJD2 – 2 More Dead (RJD2 is a DJ in the post-modern sense of the term, in that he is an electronic musician who uses breakbeats, samplers, synthesizers, sequencers, etc. to create music. This is especially slick hip-hop with a lot of production value, but what sets RJD2 apart from the crowd is that he actually mixes a dose of musicianship in as well – songs are structured well, are varied, and have an actual melody and direction, unlike much sample-based electronic music which is just a repetition of a groove for 5 minutes with some sound effects to differentiate one bar from the last)
  • Nortec Collective – Revu Rockers (This is the North Mexican electronica group who use live samples of Norteno and tejano musicians from around their hometown of Tijuana)
  • Coldplay – Only Superstition (Yeah, I like Coldplay. Does that make me a 20-something sorority chick? I can deal with that. This is from their indie-released demo. Rougher than their subsequent Capitol Records releases, but you can already easily see where they are going.
  • The Commodores - Too Hot ta trot (Simply put, along with Earth, Wind and Fire, The Commodores are one of the greatest party bands of all time. I almost listened to Lionel Richie’s late 80’s albums just out of deference to his earlier work with the Commodores. Almost.)
  • Howlin’ Wolf – Sittin’ On Top of the World (The Wolf is a classic, and his growl has yet to be beat.)
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Original Dixieland one step (As a jazz and blues guy, and n admitted music snob, I had always read book after book talking about the old Storyville days in New Orleans, and the origins of jazz and blues, and the tradition and history and culture of that city. I hadn’t been until May of 2004, so my expectations were high, to say the least. After wandering the French Quarter for three drunken nights in search of something that would at least give me a taste of old New Orleans Jazz, I had only found bad Stones cover bands, a few fair R&B and Soul groups, and one great little jazz club, but I arrived 10 minutes before the last set ended. So the next night, I headed out to Preservation Hall. I spent a solid 3 ½ hours there, listening to the Olympia Brass Band, and it was spectacular. The place just oozes history, even tho it was built n the 60’s, it just feels like it is from the 1800’s. And the band was great, and had a lot of fun, and it was an all around great time. No booze, no cigarettes, no talking, you just sit and listen to the music. I was there for three sets, and it was just what I needed. They ended the night with “Saints,” which no New Orleans musician wants to play, and the whole place got up into a mock parade and marched around the place dancing. I don’t care if they do that every night or if the place is a tourist trap, it was a breath of fresh air and capped off a fantastic trip to one of my favorite places on earth.)
  • Coldplay – Sparks (More polished, major label release)
  • Dub Trio – Sick Im (Live) (This is the new band for the drummer from birth I mentioned yesterday. They are a drummer, bass and guitar who play live, improvisational dub. Pretty cool stuff, I would assume even more so if you’re some rave kid tripping on ecstasy)
  • Buena Vista Social Club – Dos gardenias (Most people are familiar with this. From IMDB: “Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who traveled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.” This is from the album that ensued. Really wonderful Cuban jazz, and the last time you’ll hear anything from most of these guys, as they were in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s when it was recorded in 1999.)
  • Jurassic 5 – Jayou (What I like to call “intelligent” hip hop. Not because they say smart things, or because they don; swear, but because they are a throwback to the origins of the genre where the lyric and voice was used as a rhythm instrument, as a drum, almost. Listening to them rhyme, the stresses and rhyming sequences are written so that the words have an actual beat, and the cadence itself adds dimension to the music, even if you could take the meaning of what they are saying out entirely. It helps that they don’t talk about guns and hoes and drugs the entire time, but that isn’t the only reason they are a breed apart.)

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