1. Connect turntable
to your amp.
2. Connect amp to
computer soundcard's input.
3. From your recording
program, begin recording, then start playing the record.
4. Save, then edit
your wav, cleaning clicks and lowering noise levels.
5. Mark the beginning
of each track. Save tracks separately if necessary.
Q: Is my soundcard
A: An addon PCI soundcard is likely to be less noisy than an
integrated one. For extensive reviews and comparisons, see www.pcavtech.com
Q: I've cleaned
the sound, but voices/trombones sound gravelly!
A: Sometimes the algorithm used by your software can misinterpret
the overtones in your musical material and try to fix them. In this
case, lower the aggressiveness of the cleaning, either by changing the
declicker's minimum size, click shape , or click volume. You may also
choose to leave these areas 'unclean' in order to get a more pleasing
sounds sound flat!
A: Again, the cleaning is too aggressive, and is interpreting
these impulses as noise. Try lowering your settings as above.
Q: I've used
the 'mono source' option in my program, and the clicks are gone, but
the music sounds kind of flat.
A: Your software has removed some of the ambience. Either
chose a less aggressive route, or add a bit of ambience back in (eek!)
after the fact.
Q: What order
should I be declicking, denoising, etc?
A: Start with the impulse noises by using the least-intrusive
declicking method. Listen to your result and edit out the remaining
big clicks, if any. Get a noise sample between tracks and use it to
denoise your recording. If necessary or desired, perform other selective
edits (de-essing, noise gate, etc.). Create a difference file by subtracting
your final wav from your original wav; listen to it, and you should
hear very little if any musical information.