Hooking a turntable to a laptop in order to record
I have a dual 1212 turntable. Is it even possible to connect this to a laptop for vinyl --> mp3 purposes?
Can i use the cable that has the red/white RCA plugs on one end and the headphone plug on the other end to play it into the headphone jack on the laptop? or does it need to go through a preamp first Basically Im very confused and would appreciate some clarifications.
The simple answer to your question is, "No." Even after putting the signal through a phono preamp, you need to do an analogue to digital (a/d) conversion; computers only record in digital. There are a few phono pre's intended for archiving vinyl that will do it (they have built-in a/d converters.)
Ok, I did not realize a/d converters were common; wouldn't think they would be very good, given the cost constraints. Will check into that further. A "mic" input is usually not usable as a "line" input, is it?