Posts Tagged ‘Vinyl’

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Destructive reign of digital music

January 6, 2009

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Happy new year. Let’s start with a prediction:

2009 could be the year the compact disc finally dies. It could be the year lots of other things die as well — polar bears, the high street — but CDs will be the big one. Don’t believe me? Sales are estimated to have slumped 27% in the last quarter compared with 2007, a year in which they’d already nosedived, and anyone who sells them has gone or is going out of business. The writing is on the wall.

How are we to feel about this? If you ask me, absolutely delighted, because CDs have always been, well, a bit rubbish.
What with their instantly crackable spines, tiny little inlay cards and infuriating frequency responce! Bah! [ed]

Consider, if you will, what we have lost because of the CD. First, it pretty much killed off vinyl, but it also murdered tape. What is childhood without tape? No wonder your modern teenager spends all day stabbing and binge drinking: it’s because he’s not at home struggling to record pop songs off the chart show when Bruno Brookes isn’t speaking. And how are boys supposed to express their unrequited love for girls without the compilation tape (complete with handwritten inlay card)?

So good riddance to the CD. With any luck it will help all those ageing, hysterical Take That fans who rushed out to make ‘The Circus’ the fastest-selling CD of the millennium get over their addiction.
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This brings us on to the future, and, even though it won’t include Take That, it is bleak. Things are going to get worse before they get better. The death of the CD has not been brought about by a nostalgic return to tapes and 78s. No, the thing that killed the CD is the iPod. And the iPod is worse than the CD. Yes, it’s very nicely designed and pocket-sized. But clicking down a list of virtual albums is not the same as rummaging through an actual shelf of albums.

And there’s iPod-associated anxiety, a dangerous condition caused by the sheer inability to choose which track you want to listen to from the eight billion available. And why is it that the moment I set fire to my irritatingly scratchy CD collection, I know that the iPod will break? Or the computer will have a fatal error? And I’ll lose my virtual music collection because, well, it was virtual. And I didn’t back it up

What do you prefare to look at ?  This??

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Or this??

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Source: Matt Rudd

Kam DDX5000 – Pair

Features Massive 4.8kg/cm motor torque Low resonance metal chassis Fully adjustable S-Shaped tone arm Dual start/stop buttons Quartz Lock Adjustable Start Time (0.2 to 6 seconds) Adjustable Brake Time (0.2 to 6 seconds) Platter Reverse Motor Off switch Removable Strobe/Target light

Numark PT-01USB Portable Vinyl-Archiving Turntable

PT-01USB permits users to listen to and transfer their vinyl records to digital MP3 files anywhere and anytime thanks to its convenient, rugged design and ability to run on either wall or battery power. An RCA line output is provided for simple connection to any DJ, PA, or stereo system. An auxiliary input allows conversion of audio from any…

Numark TTUSB

The Easiest Way To Digitize Your Vinyl. The TTUSB is a unique, plug and play, USB compatible turntable that makes digitizing your vinyl record collection to your PC or Mac a snap. Packaged with all the necessary cables to connect with a computer or stereo playback system, along with software to remove clicks, pops, and other…

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How to Transfer Tapes and Vinyl on to CD

November 28, 2008
Many of us still rooms full of vinyl and box’s filled with broken tapes featuring dust broken cases. many of us still consider this our prime music collection, yet we never listen to any of them due the inconvenience of of setting up old sytems. Hell, I dont even have a record player anymore but my home features same said room filled with records I never listen to …
The answer??? ……Digitize them!!!
The basics you will need are:
  • A turntable or cassette player
  • A Computer
  • A computer sound card
  • A CD burner or other storage medium
  • Any Recording Software

Here is the basic process:

  1. Connect the outputs of your turntable to a phono preamp
  2. Connect the outputs of your phono preamp to the inputs of your computer\’s sound card
  3. Put on a record or tape and record the audio to your computer using some recording software.
  4. Once the record is on the Computer;s hard drive you can then re-arrange the tracks or create your compilation from other recorded sources using your audio recording/CD creation software
  5. Burn the CD

Suggested Sound Cards


M-Audio Fast Track

If you make music with GarageBand or other software recording programs, Fast Track USB is the easiest way to record your guitar with professional results. Just connect Fast Track USB to the USB port of your computer and you’re ready to rock. Fast Track USB has an input for instruments like guitar, bass and keyboards, plus a microphone input…

Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202

With this ultra-compact, bus-powered interface, you can link your Windows® and Mac® computer with any audio gear. There is no setup or special drivers needed—simply plug the interface in a free USB port on your computer and get into the groove. The UCA202 provides 2 analog inputs and outputs, as well as an additional S/PDIF optical output for direct…

Alesis iO2

Designed as the ideal Audio/MIDI companion to notebook computer-based recording environments, the iO|2 USB has a compact form factor that can easily fit in a laptop case or small backpack. The iO|2 USB features durable aluminum casing, USB power (eliminating cumbersome external power supplies) and is optimized for minimal laptop battery drain. The iO|2 provides 2-channels of pristine…

Suggested Software


Steinberg Sequel 2

Sequel turns you into a producer, and gives you your own fully-loaded music studio. You need HipHop beats for your latest track? Or want to surprise your friends at your next party with your own electro live-set? Sequel gives you everything you need to produce pro-quality tracks at home, on a plane, in the rehearsal room or even live…

Ableton LIVE 7

Ableton Live 7 is your companion during every stage of the musical process, from creation to production to performance. The Live Concept Live offers two main views—the Session View and the Arrangement View—that interact in a powerful and unique way, allowing you to create, produce and perform your music all in a single application. Here…

Bias Deck LE 3.5

BIAS Deck 3.5 LE turns your Mac into a full-fledged recording studio. Easily record up to 12 tracks, with full CD quality. Edit your work instantly (while always being able to revert to your original recordings). Process your tracks, using EQ and other built-in digital signal processing. You can even play back MIDI files…



Restoration Software

If you would like to clean the audio this also possible with the help of a little piece of restoration software. There are many to choose from, just finds what works for you….

Bias SoundSoap Pro – Educational

SoundSoap Pro is an advanced noise reduction and audio restoration plug-in powerful enough for demanding audio professionals, yet easy enough for anyone to use. SoundSoap Pro’s unique and comprehensive approach combines hum, rumble, click, crackle, and broadband noise reduction tools with a sophisticated noise gate, in a single intuitive user interface. Unlike other audio restoration tools, this streamlined, tab-based…

Waves Restoration Native

With four intuitive state-of-the-art noise reduction tools, Restoration includes everything you need to revive damaged recordings. Whether you are rejuvenating old vinyl and shellac discs, protecting archival and field recordings, or fixing deteriorating film and television soundtracks, Restoration is the solution.  X-Noise – No noise is good noise. With simple, intuitive…