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Digitizing Vinyl / Ripping Vinyl

If you’re looking to record your record collection from vinyl to high quality digital format, keep in mind that it is not as automatic as burning a CD. Digitizing, or ripping, music from vinyl takes a few components and a little more work but is completely worth it.

Before you start digitizing your records, you’re going to want to make sure your turntable is setup and optimized because you won’t want to have to redo this stuff after the fact. This is when playback accessories like a Stillpoints LPI Isolator will really shine by damping micro-vibrations and coupling the record to the platter. Other accessories that will help optimize playback include the Pro-Ject Measure It tracking force gauge for measuring tracking force, a bubble level from Clearaudio to make sure the turntable is completely level and Clearaudio Speed Strobe Light to ensure the platter speed is perfect for both 33 and 45rpm records.  As you learn what needs to be corrected and optimized, there are many more turntable accessories that will help get your vinyl rig sounding its best.

 

       
 
 

                                                                   
A crucial and often overlooked part of getting the best performance from any record is cleaning it. Over time dust and grime gets into the grooves of the record and diminishes the quality of playback.  So in order to keep you records sounding sounding pristine, you will need to clean your records.  The best way to do this without causing unintended damage and preserve your collection is to use a record cleaning machine. By gently removing any dust and grime that may have collected in the grooves, the needle will be able to extract every bit of information from each record with a minimal amount of pops and crackles. The Clearaudio Smart Matrix Professional Record Cleaning Machine provides clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation of the platter with manual fluid application and a high efficiency vacuum fluid and dirt removal, which will work wonders on your records. For those of you who have a serious collection and demand the very best, the Clearaudio Double Matrix Professional Sonic Record Cleaning Machine is a step up in quality and features. The Double Matrix Professional offers the advantages of double-sided record cleaning, which is a real time saver.  It also offers both automatic and manual modes, the Double Matrix Professional Sonic allows you to run the entire cleaning cycle at the touch of a button, or you can manually control each step of the process via the user-friendly controls. What separates the Clearaudio Double Matric Professional Sonic from most other record cleaners is Clearaudio has created a new articulating washing/vacuuming system that incorporates sonic vibrations to better deep scrub the record groove. These cleaning applicators automatically adapt to different thickness records, assuring better performance and ease of use. Clearaudio’s R&D team has learned that this approach performs a more thorough job of cleaning without risking damage to the vinyl record, versus ultrasonic cleaners commonly used to clean hard materials such as jewelry and glass. The importance of cleaning your records before ripping them is an extrememly important step and using these cleaning devices will definitely contribute to higher quality vinyl recordings.
 
Digitizing your collection is a time consuming process. Each step is just as important as the other to reap the rewards of so much time and effort involved. When you’re ready to begin the process of digitizing your record collection, you’ll need to figure out which recording interface is right for you.  A high quality Analog to Digital Converter is needed to truly capture the nuances of the record and make all of the work worthwhile. If you’re looking for a quality, all-in-one solution that won’t break the bank, the Proj-ect Debut Carbon Phono USB DC is a good solution for converting vinyl to digital.  If you already have a turntable and are looking for budget conscious option, Pro-ject also offers the Phono Box S USB V that has a USB digital output for recording directly onto a computer.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
M2Tech Joplin MkII 
 
When you’re ready to take a step up in recording quality, the M2Tech Joplin MkII is a high performance A/D converter capable of handing up to 384kHz sampling rates and 32 bits resolution (USB output). It features a high speed asynchronous USB input based on the hiFace Two technology, further developed to allow for higher sampling rates. The Joplin MkII also offer a comprehensive set of equalization curves that can be selected, to accommodate all phono formats ever used from 1925 to the present day. The equalizer’s digital gain allows for using cartridges with output voltage as low as 100uV. The user also has a number of input impedance values thaty can accomodate both MM and MC cartridges, with an extra value specific for high output MC’s. The small size and stylish look of the Joplin allow for a uninvasive placement in every living space.
 
 
While vinyl offers great quality on playback, the records themselves deteriorate and are not always the most convenient way to play your favorite music.  People want to digitize their records so that they can preserve them, as well as, have them in a more portable and convenient format.  As recording technology has improved, so has the ability to achive higher digital recordings from vinyl records. It is now possible to create vinyl rips that are just as good as the original vinyl they came from. Using the appropriate equipment really is the only way to make all of the time it takes to rip a record collection really pay off. Without taking these essential steps, there is no way to create a high-quality recording from a record.

While vinyl recording acessories and components like the ones mentioned in this article will definitely make your digitizing experience worthwhile and more enjoyable, it is equally important to form a relationship with a company that has offers a high level of expertise and customer service. High end audio, and especially the realm of digitizing vinyl, can be a complicated endeavor. At Ciamara customer service is an utmost priority. Our experts are capable of dealing with nearly every aspect of high-end audio and are available to provide solid advice without the attitude you find in some shops. There are countless options and we believe that tailoring each system to the to the individual user is the best way to achive audio Nirvana.

We are available via Live Chat, email, website support page and phone, so if you have any questions feel free to contact us at any time. That’s the Ciamara difference.

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  1. Ayre Acoustics QA-9 PRO USB Analog-to-Digital Converter / With Word Clock Board / For Professional Use

    Ayre Acoustics QA-9 PRO USB Analog-to-Digital Converter / With Word Clock Board / For Professional Use

    Equally versatile in a recording studio or home system, the QA-9 opens up the world of high resolution digital to your analog sources. Accepting analog inputs, the Q...
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  2. Clearaudio Speed Strobe Light

    Clearaudio Speed Strobe Light

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    The Speed Strobe Light is a 300-Hz light source for the Clearaudio Speed Strobe Test LP, as well as, a variety of other test LPs. The Speed Strobe Light is far mo...
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  3. Pro-ject Debut Carbon Phono USB DC

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    The new DEBUT Carbon Phono USB DC has been designed to set new standards in this category for the coming decade – perfectly timed as analogue today is again a respec...
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  4. Proj-ect Measure It Tracking Force Gauge

    Proj-ect Measure It Tracking Force Gauge

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    Digital tracking force gauge that measures down to three hundredths of a gram. Very accurate and a "must have" accessory for any true vinyl enthusiast.
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  5. Clearaudio Double Matrix Professional Sojic Record Cleaning Machine

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    Clearaudio is proud to present their latest double-sided record cleaning machine, the Double Matrix Professional Sonic. Keeping vinyl records clean is key to main...
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  6. Clearaudio Smart Matrix Professional Record Cleaning Machine

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    This machine cleans records side by side in an extremely quiet way. Its minimalist and handmade precision design make it an attractive piece of furniture fitting eve...
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  7. Pro-ject  Phono Box S USB V (silver)

    Pro-ject Phono Box S USB V (silver)

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    Phono Box S USB V: Top specialist for recording vinyl & line level sources and listening pleasure! Phono Box S USB V is an ideal phono preamplifier for both your...
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  8. Pro-ject  Phono Box S USB V (Black)

    Pro-ject Phono Box S USB V (Black)

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    Phono Box S USB V: Top specialist for recording vinyl & line level sources and listening pleasure! Phono Box S USB V is an ideal phono preamplifier for both your...
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  9. Clearaudio Bubble Level

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    The Bubble Level provides accurate leveling of your turntable and other components.
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  10. Clearaudio Mini Bubble Level

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  11. Clearaudio Weight Watcher Tracking Force Gauge

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    The Weight Watcher is a self-calibrating stylus gauge that measures to 1/100th of a gram. It takes two AAA batteries and includes automatic switch-off to protect bat...
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  12. Weiss Engineering ADC2 A/D Converter

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    Two channel A/D conversion with Line/Mic inputs and AES/EBU/Firewire output – this summarizes the ADC2’s main capabilities, but doesn’t tell much about its stellar s...
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  13. Ortofon Bubble Level

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    Ortofon's new high precision spirit level provides an unprecedented level of accuracy for crucial adjustments with all turntables.
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  14. Stillpoints LPI Isolator - Long Spindle

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    The LPI slips over the spindle of your turntable and rests on the label portion of your lp. It absorbs the micro vibration that is present at the label area and make...
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  15. Essential II Phono USB (Red)

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