I just recently unearthed an old turntable with the expectation of transferring vinyl to digital. I got a Card Deluxe by Digital Audio and Sound Forge software. My initial results were very encouraging, so I ended up getting a used Linn LP12 (still thinking I was going to transfer vinyl so I could listen to it on my cd player). After much practice, I got to the point where the results were very good. But at that point, I started to realize how good the original vinyl was. Although I have not forsaken digital, vinyl is clearly my source of choice and I haven't listened to digital in 3 months! (Except for in my car where the vinyl to digital cd's are nice).
I don't want to fuel the digital/analog flames, so I will acknowledge that digital does have significant advantages, and I can understand why someone would still prefer digital. And the technology to transfer is very good and very accessible at a reasonable cost. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Of course, if the process also reintroduces you to vinyl - all the better!
I know one guy that got the Chord DAC 64 and is selling all his LP's. Check out some of the Chord DAC forum threads.
Ha--I, like Gboren, thought you meant putting your Lp's onto CD- so I'll chime in with my 2 cents on that point-- I transfer my records to CD via the Analogue Ripper software--absolute first class and tremendous backup from Ian Mann the vendor.
I only recently went digital last summer -- bought a rega planet used -- and I'd have to say I'm happier with it than I thought I would be. This CD player is used in my 'second' system which is not my critical listening system but this system keeps getting tweeked and upgraded so now it sounds pretty good.. Digital 'pros': no surface noise! no matter how meticously I vacuum clean etc. my used records can still have surface noise, pops and occasional clicks, with the cd player I really have come to appreciate the lack of surface noise. This is to me #1 advantage. Digital 'con': compared to my tweaked-out Rega p-3 benz mc combo which I've had for almost 15 years now, many of the cd's I have lack the microdynamics, "air", miniscule spacial details that I get more often on vinyl; this could be a result of the cd mastering (?) as I have only 1 audiophile quality cd (david chesky disk of Ana Caram) and this disc is exceptional in spacial detail.
i love the sound of lp collection liquidation...
what does your friends lp collection consist of? any good jazz, rock, blues? always interested in adding to my small collection, maybe i could alleviate some of the burden of that chord dac, email me, we can chat
With the exception of finances I do not see how someone could just release themselves from either CD or vinyl . There are such good and poor recordings in both formats that to say one totally rules in everything means you have a thing for it. Keep both if possible and enjoy the best and tolerate the lesser qualties of each and their software. Good music is good music in any format.
I agree with Ljgj. There too many great titles in each format which are not available on the other. But from now on, If I have a choice between formats for a particular title, I'll choose vinyl.
As a music lover whose collection of too many thousands of records is over 90% vinyl, I will just say that only recently, with a substantial upgrading of my digital gear, do I finally find myself as likely to reach for a CD as an LP. I intend in the future to continue my lifelong used vinyl habit, but will now be happier to buy new releases on CD where there is a choice, and will ramp up my buying of used CD's. My advice is to shoot for the stars and land on the moon when selecting your new digital gear - otherwise, if you try to do it on the cheap, you'll probably wind up frustratingly earthbound.
Recently I sold my Basis 1400 in favor of a Muse Thalia 9 v1, this was as a result of a series frustrations I experienced with the turntable. True, I have hundreds of cd's and had aquired only about 50 or so LP's at the time of the departure of the Basis, so my interest in LP's was rather new. I tried with great effort to resolve the problems I was experiencing with the vinyl rig for several months before making this decision.
The Muse is a wonderful player and I have not looked back, I believe it will compete with any one-box digital source available at this time. I will get back into vinly again in the future, but for now I will be concentrating on building my cd collection and enjoying music wtih the Muse.
As far as new/different digital format issues are concerned, I am not worried. The Thalia 9 is factory upgradeable to any future format(s).
Digital is more convenient, it is currently less expensive (software) and certainly has its virtues. Unfortunately, I personally haven't heard digital that competes with vinyl sonically insofar as sounding like real. Not to get off topic but from my perspective the answer to your question is a big NO! But I love that convenience and listen to digital at least 60% of the time. Analog is a big pain in the arse!
digital software is less exensive??
just today a co-worker gave me approx.400 LP's she no longer wants.lots of blues and classic rock inc.some 'possibly' valuable Beatles! Cant get any cheaper than that!
David, should you ever come across Carmen McRae doing "Carmen Sings Monk" on LP, I have been looking for it for a long time.
Maybe you were lucky in one of those boxes of LP's?
hey albert-I havent had time to look them over.its been a rushed weekend with work and all.I'll get to them tonight or tomorrow and I'll let ya know.
Reading an interview with Ed Meitner, he stated that Sony and others are archiving their master tapes to DSD format(SACD). If you wait a little while, the pro digital recording equipment for DSD recording will be somewhat affordable for a serious person wanting to archive an extensive LP collection for posterity. SADIE(a pro rec.equip.mfr.) currently has a system out for $28000. I know that's alot but look at what always happens when new technology comes out - prices soon drop. I think that if Sony and others are using this DSD to archive their billions of $$ worth of master tapes, then it's probably good enough for us too.