Question for Steven Stone

Craig Nauert -- Sat, 08/15/2009 - 12:01

Hi Steven,
Since you reviewed the Sound Science Music Vault and separately discusseded ripping vinyl, I wondered if you, or anyone else on the forum, have any experience with ripping vinyl to the Vault.  Neal at Sound Science informed me that the MV 24-192 has an internal ADC with analog inputs so that vinyl could be ripped at 24/192 to the Vault.   
The other, more expensive, scenario that I am considering involves using the Amarra Model Four Hardware/Software package and FireWire to record to a MacBook Pro.   Any thoughts on these two solutions for hi rez vinyl to digital transfer?

Steven Stone -- Sat, 08/15/2009 - 12:25

 Hello Craig,
Just to further muddy the waters, you should also investigate Pure Vinyl. They also have a software/hardware combination for digitizing LPs.
The primary drawback of ALL these systems is that the initial transfer has to happen "real time." Each LP will take at least 45 minutes to digitize, and more when you include editing and adding Meta-data. I would encourage you to look at the interface and ergonomics of each system carefully. The more LPs you plan to digitize, the more important the ergonomics of the system will be. What can be tolerated for 50 LPs becomes unacceptable by the 500th LP. 
Because you will have to invest so much time in each transfer,you only want do each title once,so the highest resolution will be the best to insure future-proofing.
As to which system is the best, sonically, I haven't done any tests on each system to find out. 

Steven Stone
Contributor to The Absolute Sound,, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and other fine publications

Al Jennings (not verified) -- Sat, 08/15/2009 - 13:57

Steven, you summed up my experience ripping LP's. It began with great ambitions, but the magnitude of the task soon became overwhelming for the reasons you stated.

For what this is worth, my best vinyl ripping results have been with the Korg MR-1000 with an improved regulated power supply. DSD128 makes the difference (slightly larger files than 192/24). Playback must be made through the Korg's balanced outputs.

stephen@skelly.... -- Wed, 08/19/2009 - 10:33

Hi Steven
I've just purchased a Korg mr1000 for the purpose of digitizing my lps. Your excellent article in issue 180 has been of great help but there are a couple of points I would welcome your guidance on:
1. To transfer to my ipod I appreciate I will first have to downsample the dsd files using the supplied Audiogate software. However can you advise what is the highest quality file itunes will accept as I would like to preserve the best quality possible. If there are any tips generally you can offer regarding use of the korg to transfer to an ipod that would be much appreciated.
2. I will be using the xlr outputs on my Mark Levinson 32 phono module to connect to the xlr inputs on the korg. What settings would you recommend for the limiter and gain switches on the back of the korg
many thanks and regards


Steven Stone -- Wed, 08/19/2009 - 11:17

 1. iTunes will easily accept 44.1/16 AIFF or WAV - with some DACs you can also use 96/24 files via Coaxial or Toslink. Try some test files in iTunes to see.
2. Sorry, there will not be a definite and never-adjusted level - it depends on the LP's levels. I would not use the limiter - if you get your gain levels correctly set you won't need it. Also you may have to use adapters so you don't come in via XLRs - the XLRs are only for mic-level inputs.

Steven Stone
Contributor to The Absolute Sound,, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and other fine publications

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