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Re: arsclist Digital transfer question
Compensation provided by a pre-amp is essential. Obtain audio from the
output of your stereo unit, not directly from the turntable.
There is good and bad CD-R media and drives. A simple approach would be
to record and submit one disc for testing at no charge to isolate
related quality issues before you amass a large archive.
Media Sciences, Inc.
David Nadolski wrote:
> Hi folks:
> I've been reading the list for a few months now, and although I'm not
> a professional like most of you, I've been finding your discussions
> very enlightening.
> In my case, I collect vintage recordings in LP, 78, Reel to Reel,
> cassette, 1/4" mag, etc.; some unusual and rare stuff, but probably not
> as unreplaceable as what you normally deal with. Right now I am
> putting together a system to transfer all my various audio formats to
> my Mac G-3 Blue & White, to edit with Toast and then burn to CD-R.
> Here's my dilemma - every time I think I know what needs to be done
> and the type of equipment that will facilitate, I learn some new
> information that makes the task more complex and delays my project.
> I'm interested in making a good clear recording, and not having to go
> back and put further wear on the originals, but I also want to get this
> thing going.
> My planned process is as follows: transfer from the recording device
> (Reel to Reel, tape deck, or my restored Columbia 360 turntable) onto
> the Mini-DV of my Optura PI digital videocamera, then download to my
> Mac via iMovie, edit with Toast, and transfer to disc via my QPS Que!
> Here are my main questions:
> 1. Do I need to put my LP and 78 audio through a pre-amp or other
> device, and adjust it before I put it onto my hard drive, or can I
> adjust the levels on the computer with Toast Titanium?
> If I do need a middle-man, can you give me any tips on what would
> be adequate (less than $200 U.S.), and what levels I should be using
> for transfer?
> 2. Any other flaws in my thinking before I stumble ahead? The simpler
> answer the better, as I'm not a trained archivist.
> Thanks so much - this is the reason why I joined this group, and I
> appreciate any info you can pass along. You can reply privately if you
> feel it is not appropriate for the forum.
> Much obliged,
> David Nadolski