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CD Spin Doctor - Digitalising a record





This is just to provide a tip from a novice Roxio/CD Spin Doctor user about digitalising a record.


I connected a turntable (which is part of an old 1980s 4-in-1 stereo, hence it has a small amplifier) to my iMac via an RCA connector/audio jack cable: The two RCA connectors connecting to the audio out/speaker outputs on the stereo, the audio jack connecting to the audio in/microphone port on the iMac.


I opened Spin Doctor and got to the "Select an Audio Input Device" dialog, where I could hear the sound of the record through the iMac. The sound was there, but it was poor quality. It made a kind of stuttering sound, where the music was going "up and down" (sorry, I'm no audiophile), sounding like a broken record. I thought it must have been a connection issue. So I tried hooking up the turntable in a different way, via an external amplifier. Same result.

Out of curiousity, I did a test recording and it was fine. There is obviously a difference between the sound that comes out of the iMac and what is actually recorded. Even in the "Record the Audio" dialog, when the LP is being recorded, the sound from the iMac is coarse, but the end result is perfect.


This is not a bug with Spin Doctor, because the sound from the iMac is the same even without using this application.


So my tip is: Even if the sound is poor through the computer, just try a test recording and you may find it's alright.



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