I'd like to thank Duell (LessisNevermore) for breaking down his recording setup and transporting it to my place to do some hi-res (24/96) vinyl rips. He brought his computer (not pictured), two monitors, keyboard, mouse, Digidesign's Pro Tools hardware (002) and software along.
Behind that dull expression is a very knowledgeable fellow in music and recording. I thought I knew a lot but quickly realized he probably forgot more than I know. He can also play the drums and does live recording.
I've been doing vinyl rips for years using either a desktop or Dell laptop computer. I just use the onboard sound card in the laptop and it does a very good job. I leave the AC charger unplugged on the laptop while ripping. Recording software is the free program Audacity. I use the program ClickRepair ($24 US) for LP's in poor condition to get rid of pops and clicks. (If you don't set it too high, you won't harm the dynamics). LP’s in good condition don’t require any click repair.
Doing rips in 16/44 is great, but 24/96 results in a much richer recording. One of my showcase rips is my favorite George Winston album Autumn in 24/96. It is very close to the vinyl, although I believe notes decay better in vinyl playback.
We wanted to see if Duell's recording setup could result in a better recording than my laptop. We chose a fav album of ours, Rush’s Moving Pictures. (No Duell, they are not yours:tongue:). I have three MP LP’s; a Holland, Japanese and Robert Ludwig pressing. While all three LP’s sound fantastic, Duell and I compared them and we say the Holland and Japanese pressings are the best sounding. We used the Japanese pressing. Duell’s gear gave us a lower noise floor with I think improved dynamics. I don’t see myself spending the coin to get gear like this, but it has convinced me to invest in a better soundcard.
Thanks again bud!