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In Reply to: RE: Digitizing my 500 albums posted by LtMandella on February 11, 2021 at 11:31:47
I would not recommend open reel tape. It's too heavy, requires too much storage space and it's too expensive. My experience with hi-rez digital copies of vinyl is that they are inexpensive, convenient and they sound identical to vinyl. I've copied about 387 vinyl albums. I have 275 LPs in 16/44 WAV, 41 albums in 24/96 AIFF and 71 albums in DSD128 using my TASCAM DA-3000 DSD recorder.
Making recordings of vinyl records is very tedious and time consuming. Therefore, I would recommend beginning by copying only your most favorite LPs. Once you finish those you might not want to go further due to the amount of work involved.
I've found DSD128 to be the best sounding digital format although 24/96 PCM is a close second. TASCAM produces free editing software for DSD but it's limited to cropping and splitting into individual tracks. PCM allows additional editing options.
If you'd like to discuss more about the technical aspects of digitizing vinyl, feel free to send me personal email.
John, the Tascam will generate AIFFS? Somewhere I thought I had understood that it was restricted to WAVs.
No, the TASCAM DA-3000 generates WAV and DSD. I used my DA-3000 for DSD128 recordings only. My 16/44 WAV and 24/96 AIFF recordings were made with my Alesis Masterlink before I bought the TASCAM DA-3000.
Sorry for the confusion!
John I totally blanked on your talking about your Tascam gear before and that actually worries me a bit ... hm ... I might need that Prevagen supplement but it's made from jellyfish right? I mean, how smart are THEY?
Yeah I have been procrastinating due to the amount of work.
In my case, complicated by the fact I am so close to Nellis AFB that we can hear their nightly base broadcast of taps when the wind is right.
So F-22, F-35s, F-16, A-10, regularly, and ocassionally even the big boy B1s, 52s, and Cargos pass almost directly overhead, shaking the walls a bit. Not exactly conducive to clean LP playback...
My first try will probably be using a KORG MR-1 combined with a Music Hall MMF 7.1 and Grado cart, comparing results of DSD64 with 24/192 PCM.
I would prefer to just buy a hi-res USB turntable to keep it simple, but all the hires models seem to be unavailable now, I suppose due to the AKM fire.
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