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Need some help with the spectrogram (I'm not an expert) - the track (recorded in 1968) belonging to a friend of mine is 24-192. I think I can hear a very subtle vinyl noise on it (but it also could be an old master tape in quite bad condition). Could this be a vinyl rip.? Thanks in advance!
Hi everyone - first time poster, I visit the website daily and appreciate the group. I just picked up a used 1st generation Well Tempered Labs Amadeus TT with new WTL TLC moving magnet cartridge (big upgrade from my first TT 11+ years ago). I'm so happy with the purchase, got lucky to have called my local Cleveland audio dealer and got it before he had a chance to post it for sale. I took a vacation day to work on the house, needless to say I haven't been nearly as productive as I hoped (took the dogs for a run in the park, made some food and coffee, started pulling out records...) So I'm pulling a bunch of records i want to hear on the new table (Talk Talk Laughing Stock reissue, DJ Shadow Endtroducing mainly because it could never track on my first record player, Tricky Maxinquaye, Slint Spiderland Remaster from AAA source, Wu Tang Enter the 36 Chambers, A Tribe called Quest Low End Theory to hear that Ron Carter double bass, Shellac 1000 Hurts & At Action Park, Jesus Lizard Goat remaster by Bob Weston, Cocteau Twins re-release of Blue Bell Knoll, some Miles and Coltrane...) and I see my old hand-me-down copies of Led Zeppelin (my 1st love), Cream, Blind Faith. It turns out that I have an Atlantic Robert Ludwig pressing of Zeppelin II in VG+ condition (insane! John Bonham is in my living room destroys 2014 Jimmy Page remaster which sounds sterile in comparison), Robert Ludwig Houses of the Holy NM condition (same comment as LZII), 1st press Blind Faith US ATCO in NM+ (I bought this for $3 at Square Records in Akron, love this album, best i've heard, it sounds ALIVE!, beats the pants off HD tracks) and VG+ stereo ATCO Disraeli Gears (again beats HD tracks IMO). On the same topic, I was scrolling through Album list - Dynamic Range Database and saw someone upload some vinyl rips with HIGH DR values (Mahavishnu Orchestra Apocalypse, some excellent jazz albums). The poster had a link to his site, here: Experience Pure Vinyl - Pure Vinyl Club So now I see the light, I'm interested in digitizing my vinyl collection so I can have it with me when I'm not home. I've read the excellent guide Chris posted from 2013 and this AnalogPlanet A/D shootout article Analog To Digital Converter Files Identified, Converters Profiled | Analog Planet. I'm curious if anyone here is doing the same and could recommend ripping software and equipment? I'm interested in Rob Robinson's ChannelD PureVinyl software, his Seta Phono preamps (big $$$$ in my world but if it lives up to the hype I would get one), and an A/D converter that would deliver on the same level as the ChannelD Seta if thats what I went with. Thanks in advance!
Ciamarasound posted a topic in General ForumEvo PhonoDAC Two Phono Preamp + DXD-DSD A/D-D/A Converter ($1600) The new M2Tech Evo PhonoDAC Two combines a high-quality phono preamp, DXD A/D conversion, DXD and DSD D/A conversion that allows you to connect a turntable or digital sources (computer, streamer, CD player) to your stereo system to not only listen, but create digital recordings and vinyl rips at a very high level. It features 32 bits resolution, coaxial S/PDIF inputs, single-ended analog inputs and outputs on gold-plated RCA females, IR remote control with HID capability, external clock input with clock info output, phono EQ in digital domain, input gain 0dB to 62dB, input impedance continuously settable 10 Ohms to 50k Ohms, same form factor of all Evo Two products. It can also be powered by any 7.5V to 15V power supply, as well as achieve even better performance by using it with the Evo Clock Twoand/or Evo Supply Two. So if you're looking for a one-box solution to handle your turntable and digital playback needs, as well as give you the ability to create high-quality digital recordings of your vinyl collection, then this might be exactly what you're looking for. It even has the ability to connect to a word and master clock generator, which is almost unheard of at this price. Summary of Features The Evo PhonoDAC Two is a very high value-for-money digital/analog combo capable of converting analog to digital up to DXD and DXD and DSD to analog. Bi-directional USB 2.0 Audio Class compliant port is natively supported (no driver needed) by OSX and Linux. ASIO-compliant driver for Windows is provided. High precision, low-jitter clocks allow for exceptional detail resolution, maximizing the 32-bit capability of the ESS Sabre ES9018K2M (D/A) and ES9102S (A/D)conversion IC’s. Versatile analog input stage allows for setting it’s gain from 0dB to 62dB, allowing for any low-output cartridge to be directly coupled to it, as well as line-level sources like CD players, tuners, tape decks, etc. Input impedance may be set to any value between 10 Ohms and 50,000 Ohms, accommodating all kind of cources. Capable of performing real-time, digital domain phono equalization, using any of the 26 EQ curves provided with it. Offers ancillary filters like anti-rumble, anti-hiss and MPX allow for best playback and ripping from warped, scratched or worned records, as well as from cassette tapes or FM and AM broadcast. De-jitter feature allows for exceptionally good performance from coaxial and connection. High quality polypropylene capacitors and a low-noise opamp in the analog sections (input and output) for best sonic results. IR remote control allows for accessing all Evo PhonoDAC Two features (volume, balance, muting, input selection and many other menu settings), as well as taking advantage of the HID protocol to control the player on the computer without manually accessing the keyboard. Improved performance when used with the Evo Clock Two and/or Evo Supply Two. High End Audio Store NYC - Experience Ciamara1.844.CIAMARA (1.844.242.6272)
Just pulled the trigger and purchased a new turntable (PRO-JECT - DEBUT III TURNTABLE ) to rip my vinyl. I am looking for recommendations on the rest of the recording chain and want to keep it relatively inexpensive. I see that there are couple options and am wondering on the collective wisdom here on what is worthwhile and what makes sense to do this relatively inexpensively. 1) Connect the TT to my amplifier that already has a phono input and then take that input directly into the mic-in on my laptop and capture it with Audacity. Additional cost: $0. Quality: I know this isn't the best but will it be good enough. 2) Buy an ADC (which one) and connect the TT to that. Will I need a phono pre-amp or can an ADC deal with that? Record from the ADC into Audacity on my laptop. Additional cost: $? - the price of an ADC. Quality: should be better than option 1 but how much better and is it worth the cost of the ADC. 3) Buy a digital recorder (which one) and connect the TT to that. Record directly to the digital recorder. Then use Audacity to clean up the files. Additional cost: $? - the price of a digital recorder which I expect may be more than the ADC. Quality: Should be comparable to option 2 and may be better depending on what ADC and/or recorder I get. 4) Any of the above options with some purchased software for recording to vinyl. Not sure about the advantage compared to Audacity for the price. Welcome any and all suggestions on this. I am not looking for the most amazing quality but would like to get something reasonably enough. It has been 25 years since I pulled out and played any of my vinyl so I don't even recall what shape they are in.