I posted last Saturday that I'd found a 3.5mm stereo pin to dual RCA cable that launched me into creating and playing iTunes based MP3's from my laptop through my SDA's.
Today I realized that same cable let's me go from my turntable through my Bellari VP-30 tubed RIAA phono preamp and into the microphone input of my laptop's sound card.
For another project (creating ringtones for my kids), I had previously installed a freeware digital audio editor called "Audacity", plus it's associated "lame_enc.dll" that lets you export 320 kbps MP3's (not lossless, but fair sounding).
I found Audacity gives me the ability to record LP's, convert them to 320 kbps MP's, and import those files into iTunes.
1) What software should I be considering to be able to record LP's to a lossless format instead of the 320kbps limitation of Audacity/lame?
2) When I record, there is a gain setting available that is defaulted at -3db. The gain setting range runs from -36db to +36db. Can anyone give me a quick primer as to why -3db is defaulted, and what happens if I increase or decrease gain?
3) Projects are defaulted at a 44,100 kHz sample rate. I've also seen some MP3's sampled at 48,000 kHz. Which is the best setting and why?
Thanks in Advance!