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I have a collection of hard-to-find vinyl records, and I'd
like to create an archive of songs on CD-ROM. Is this
possible using my PC?
Marilyn D. of Maplewood, MN
Here are basic guidelines:
1) Connect a turntable to your home stereo or a standalone preamplifier (available at RadioShack).
2) Get an audio cable (also available at RadioShack) that goes from two RCA male jacks to a 1/8-inchstereo jack. Plug the RCA jacks into the line-out or tape-out jacks in the back of the amplifier (or preamplifier), then plug the 1/8-inch stereo jack into the line-in jack in the back of the computer.
3) Open your Windows volume control panel. To do this, click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Sounds And Audio Devices. On the Volume tab, click the Advanced button. On the volume controls, click Options > Properties. In the box that pops up, click Recording. Make sure that Line-in is one of the boxes you have checked, then click OK.
4) Put a record on the turntable and start playing it. Adjust the volume using the Recording Controls (if there is no sound, double-check your connections).
5) Now you can record. Several programs out there will let you record music from an external source. (I recommend a good freeware program called Audacity or what I use personally, SoundForge 6.0, but it will cost you.)
6) Once you have the WAV or MP3 files on the hard drive, you're ready to burn them to CD-ROMs.
--Submitted by member: John G.
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