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Re: Archiving audio (high fidelity)?

>---- Original Message ----
>From: dtutty@porchlight.ca
>To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
>Subject: Re: Archiving audio (high fidelity)?
>Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2008 19:59:48 -0500
>>On Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 05:25:55PM -0500, Zach wrote:
>>> I would like to transfer my collection of LPs (record albums) and
>>> audio cassette tapes onto optical media for archival.
>>> I have a high end CD player and a medium end LP player and wonder
>>> precisely how I can transfer these to DVD?
>>> I would like to maintain the highest possible fidelity so even
>>> to .WAV or .FLAC is fine with me.

Just so it's all together:

Flac for archiving, Ogg for streaming.
>>Make standard CDs instead of MP3.  If you have lots of storage
>>you can archive the .iso files.  When you run out of space, its a
>>excuse to go buy an LTO :)  [Honest honey, I need to transfer the
>>off of the 99 cent cassette tapes onto $40 LTO cassette tapes, but
>>they'll hold 146 tapes-worth so its a bargain (100 GB per LTO / 700
>>per audio cassette)].  For treasured LPs that haven't been re-issued
>>CD it may be a serious idea.
>>> I have audio cables with gold plated connectors and my CD player
>>> connected to a powered amplifier.
>>Well, you won't need the amplifier really but since its hooked up,
>>the computer like a second tape drive.  However, for the best sound
>>quality, you want an external sound box not an internal card.

Iuse a creative sound blasterplatinum ex.
The generation after that is available now.
Works fine with alsa.
automatic detection through the alsaconf interface.
>>> Also I want to remove any cracks or pops from the LPs (especially)
>>> before archiving.
>>Look at the gramophile package.

>>> What settings should my amplifier have (or the sound card) when I
>do this?
>>Just hook the computer up as a tape deck.  Line out on the sound
>card to
>>line in (a.k.a. 'play') on the amp.  Line in on the sound card to
>>out (a.k.a. 'record') on the amp.  Use high quality shielded cable.
>>If you use a built-in sound card, you'll need the 1/8" plug to RCA
>>adapter.  Keep all sound wires away from any computer wires and away
>>from power cables.  Ensure that the sound system and the computer
>>on compatible circuits to prevent a ground-loop.  
>>> I have a relatively cheap sound card so what sound card would you
>>> recommend for this project (it must be Linux friendly)?
>>An external box.  The only ones I've seen (never used) are Roland.  
>>> I saw this USB device (apparently it uses a custom USB board to do
>>> D/A conversion with claimed high fidelity) Xitel Import Deluxe
>>> at Radio Shack:
>>> http://www.xitel.com/USA/prod_inportdl.htm
>>> But it only seems to save to MP3 and comes with MS Windows
>software only.

Avoid all of this.

>>> If you can be as specific as possible that would really help
>>> (hardware, software, procedures, tips, etc.)
>>Just like any piece of equipment, especially sound equipment, you
>>what you pay for.  Radio Shack will have stuff that will work for
>>bebop croud who can't tell the difference between MP3 on ear buds
>and a
>>real Hi-Fi LP (which is better than CD).  Check out Roland.  Find an
>>audiophile store near you and see what they suggest.
>>AFAIK, the external sound boxes have a card that goes in the
>>like a sound card and connect to an external box with a data cable. 
>>external box presents the RCA sockets for audio patch and has all
>>D/A converters in so that its digital data that goes to the card in
>>computer.  It would have to work with linux.  The best way to
>>this, if the manufacturer doesn't say it does, is to google the item
>>name and include the term 'linux' and see what comes up.
>>Enjoy and good luck.

David Palmer.

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