Capturing Records

I started to look for an alternative to digitally capturing songs from my vinyl records, for a long time I connected an RCA cable to the speaker out on my receiver to my computer. I would then use Audacity to record the songs. This requires some editing and my computer to be near the turntable.

Recently I started to remodel the room which had both my records and computer, as part of the process the two are in separete locations. This forced me to rethink my process. Why do I need the computer? I have 2 iPods and 2 iPhones in which I use to capture other audio, how hard could it be to capture records? It turns out, harder than it needs to be. I thought about purchasing a USB turntable, but my goal was trying to reduce hardware and find a way to use what a currently possess.

I started out trying to use the equipment I had for the iPod. I hooked up the RCA to 3.5 headphone jack (which I use to play music through my receiver) and fired up the MONLE four track recording app on my iPod Touch. FAIL! No input, which I was a bit surprised by because I use the headphone jack as a mic input. I tried a different app, the ION EZ Vinyl Converter, but still could not get any input.


I purchased RCA to 30 pin input hoping to be able to connect through the port, but it turns out the 30 pin is only for audio out unless you buy unique hardware. This “what I thought” simple project was begining to become frustrating. I have a device that captures audio, but only certain types and there are very few directions on the Google machine (see how to record your DJ set).

After a few trials and errors, here is the magic formula which I got to work:

  1. Use ION EZ Vinyl Converter app
  2. Use the iRig adaptor – this allows 1/4 inch input (typically for guitars)
  3. Use a RCA to 1/4 converter to connect mixer to iRig

This process took a little while to identify the hoops in which to jump through, but I’m now happy with the setup. The ION app does a really nice job of automatically creating tracks based on breaks in the in LP. One limitation to this method is the recordings are all mono.


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