VYING FOR VINYL
Many years ago I owned a substantial vinyl record collection. I sold this and replaced many of my discs with CDs, which were then just appearing on the market. Over time I’ve moved almost everything to iTunes.
Recently it was my daughter’s birthday and she asked for a turntable as a present. I bought one and when she played one or two of the few albums she had it was a real pleasure to hear them. This set me thinking and, although my turntable was still connected to my system, it had not been used for at least 15 years. I found that, with a new drive belt, it played as well as ever. I had kept back one or two top-quality vinyl albums when the rest were sold, and I was stunned at the difference in quality that the vinyl produced. Without the compression of the CDs or MP3s the sound was so much more satisfying. So, what Mac software allows me to record vinyl at top quality? by ANDREW PRITCHARD
christian says … Hi Andrew. Your question comes at a good time, as we looked at converting from vinyl in our September issue ( MF303). As you have an older record player, there naturally won’t be a USB connection on it. So, we recommend connecting your Mac to a hi-fi amp with a built-in phono preamp. We give full details of what you need to do in that tutorial, but for software we used Amadeus Pro (£45, hairersoft.com), which has been specifically made with your problem in mind. Good luck with it, and we hope you enjoy your old tunes on your Mac.