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Recording Vinyl Records To CD

If you are like most collectors of vinyl record recordings over the years, you probably have a significant collection. This collection may consist of 45's, 78's, and LP's. Are you looking for a way to preserve these treasurers? I have found such a machine that does this. It will record from any of the following music formats: 45's, 78's and LP's to CD. This article will share how this machine records and what supplies you will need to successfully copy your vinyl to CD. If you are interested, please read on.

Supplies Needed

You will need to purchase the following supplies if you don't have any of them on hand prior to recording your vinyl records:

  • Additional needles for the turntable
  • CD Lens cleaner
  • Vinyl record cleaner
  • Blank Music CD's
  • Blank CD plastic covers (Storing the recorded CD)
  • Permanent markers
  • Notebook (To write the titles/artists/times for each recorded track)

Miscellaneous Information

Under normal ware, needles will last for up to 50 hours of recording time. This will equate to about 40 CD's. Determine how many CDs you will be recording and purchase the number of needles accordingly.

If you are recording lots of music, you should clean the CD lens in the unit after every 10 hours of recording time or 6 CD's.

Clean the record first before recording it. This will enhance the listening sound when played in the CD player by reducing the hiss and pops.

How Does The Unit Work?

Very simply, you just set the setting to the speed of the record type. Clean the record. Place the record on the turntable. Insert a blank music CD into the CD tray. Place the tone arm on the record and press the play button.

Each recording can be a separate track on the CD. Or, if you prefer, you can let an album play as one track. You decide how each track is recorded and what gets recorded on that track. If you should record by track, after each recording, the track indicator will increment by 1. There is a maximum of 99 recorded tracks per CD.

In your notebook, write the title of the track and how long the track took in time to record. A time indicator is displayed while the record is being recorded. When you reach the end of the recording time on the CD, you will need to finalize the CD before it can be played in the CD player. After the CD is finalized, take a permanent marker and write the information you just recorded on the face of the CD for reference.

How Many Records Can Be Recorded On One CD?

The normal blank music CD's has space for up to 80 minutes of recording time. Generally, you can record on average up to 30 different music titles per CD or tracks. This will depend upon the recording time of the title or song you are recording. On average, a record is about 2-3 minutes in length. Some may be longer and some less, an example; the Beatles "Hey Jude". This record is 7:11 or seven minutes and 11 seconds. If you should be recording records from the 30's and 40s', these recordings average 3 minutes and longer per song.

How Does The Recorded CD Sound On Your CD Player?

The critical point here is source of the recording. If you clean the record before recording it, you should have excellent listening results. However, if some of your records are old and used, you may hear some pops on the CD even after cleaning. Always after recording your CD, listen to it. But, in most instances, the music sounds great!

Final Tips

After you have successfully converted all your vinyl to CD, be sure to store your collection in a safe place away from any heat. Also, store your vinyl upright and not flat.

If you are interested, there is a unit that copies CD's to CD. This unit will allow you to make a backup copy of all your recorded vinyl CD's. If for any reason, your recorded vinyl CD should get damaged, you will not have to re-record from vinyl to another CD again. I have a unit in the purchase links page that will duplicate DVD/CD provided it's not copyrighted material.

Happy recording!

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