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In Reply to: RE: Never worried about it much, tbh... posted by zacster on December 11, 2023 at 09:35:03
I know what you mean about the inconvenience of vinyl. However, I discovered years ago that when I copied an LP using a digital recorder, my recording sounded just as good as vinyl to me. Therefore, my digital copies of vinyl satisfy my need for the sound of vinyl.
It is probably easier to do now but when I did that it took a very long time. You recorded in real time, then you had to put song splits in, then you had to label it, and back then you had to burn it to a DVD to get 24/96 on a disk, or now I just play it from the computer.
And when I play back either of the two records I recorded this way it sounds bad, with all of the faults of the turntable and process in it. I have since tweaked the hell out of the Rega Planar 3 that I have and it sounds better than the recordings I made playing the same copies of the albums. The tweaks include ceramic bearing, aerospace machined sub-platter and pulley, and most of all, dropping the motor from the plinth and using an isolation base. On my recorded copies I can hear the motor vibration, when I play them now I don't and it is a night and day difference. You don't know how much noise the motor creates until the noise is gone. Rega sold a motor replacement kit to quiet it down but isolating the original motor was even better.
Recording vinyl is very time consuming and difficult.
However, I've been recording vinyl all my life. Originally, I used reel-to-reel tape records, then cassette recorders, and now I'm using digital, which I've been using for the past 20-years or more. Consequently, I've accumulated a lot of vinyl recordings. Nevertheless, I have only slightly over 400 that I consider worth playing today.
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