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Vinyl ripping soundcard below 100 euros (or dollars as well)

Postby ranzoing » 21 May 2018 11:52

Hi guys,
i'm newbie and i just wanted to try ripping some vinyls of mine. I tried using my pma720 rec out line conneted to the mic input of my laptop integrated soundcard but it sounds too far from the original: very narrow dynamics and no bass at all.

Is there any decent USB sound card under 100 euros wich would improve my result?
Thank for your time, cheers.
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Re: Vinyl ripping soundcard below 100 euros (or dollars as w

Postby TudorTurtle » 21 May 2018 12:45

I use a cheap Behringer UFO202 to make digital files from vinyl for my kids. About $30 US. Max sampling is 48 khz, not 96, but they sound pretty darn good. When I bought it, to get 96khz was above your (and my) budget, but that was a few years ago. Using Vinylstudio on the PC to separate the songs from an LP rip, but I'm sure there's other good software.
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Re: Vinyl ripping soundcard below 100 euros (or dollars as w

Postby ranzoing » 21 May 2018 13:35

TudorTurtle wrote:I use a cheap Behringer UFO202 to make digital files from vinyl for my kids. About $30 US. Max sampling is 48 khz, not 96, but they sound pretty darn good. When I bought it, to get 96khz was above your (and my) budget, but that was a few years ago. Using Vinylstudio on the PC to separate the songs from an LP rip, but I'm sure there's other good software.

Thank you, I'll give it a try. Does anyone else know other good soundcard under 100 box?
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Re: Vinyl ripping soundcard below 100 euros (or dollars as w

Postby analogaudio » 21 May 2018 19:50

Does your laptop have a line in connection? That is all you need.
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Re: Vinyl ripping soundcard below 100 euros (or dollars as w

Postby Sunwire » 21 May 2018 20:01

What kind of laptop are you using?
And what kind of software for recording?
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Re: Vinyl ripping soundcard below 100 euros (or dollars as w

Postby ranzoing » 21 May 2018 20:10

Sunwire wrote:What kind of laptop are you using?
And what kind of software for recording?

MSI gp62 6qe leopard pro, and adobe audition. It doesn't work very well, integrated soundcard made my amplifier go in protectection mode so i'm not gonna record again with this piece of crap :-).
Today afternoon i've bought "Focusrite, Scarlett Solo 2Nd Gen", i hope it performs well, if not i'm gonna return it to amazon :-)
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Re: Vinyl ripping soundcard below 100 euros (or dollars as w

Postby ranzoing » 21 May 2018 20:12

analogaudio wrote:Does your laptop have a line in connection? That is all you need.

It's not a true line in connection but a mic input instead.
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Re: Vinyl ripping soundcard below 100 euros (or dollars as w

Postby Sunwire » 22 May 2018 00:47

I have no experience with Adobe Audition, but Audacity works very well and is a free download.
From what I can see, there's no reason you should need any additional hardware.
You should be able to use the mic input on the laptop.
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Re: Vinyl ripping soundcard below 100 euros (or dollars as w

Postby ranzoing » 22 May 2018 07:05

Sunwire wrote:I have no experience with Adobe Audition, but Audacity works very well and is a free download.
From what I can see, there's no reason you should need any additional hardware.
You should be able to use the mic input on the laptop.

I'm able to record using mic input but quality is very poor...
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Re: Vinyl ripping soundcard below 100 euros (or dollars as w

Postby JoeE SP9 » 23 May 2018 22:50

ranzoing wrote:
Sunwire wrote:I have no experience with Adobe Audition, but Audacity works very well and is a free download.
From what I can see, there's no reason you should need any additional hardware.
You should be able to use the mic input on the laptop.

I'm able to record using mic input but quality is very poor...



Well, duh! It's for microphones not line level signals. Why do you think it's called a Mic input? If you use a mic input for line level signals you should always expect poor results.
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Re: Vinyl ripping soundcard below 100 euros (or dollars as w

Postby ranzoing » 24 May 2018 01:45

JoeE SP9 wrote:
ranzoing wrote:
Sunwire wrote:I have no experience with Adobe Audition, but Audacity works very well and is a free download.
From what I can see, there's no reason you should need any additional hardware.
You should be able to use the mic input on the laptop.

I'm able to record using mic input but quality is very poor...



Well, duh! It's for microphones not line level signals. Why do you think it's called a Mic input? If you use a mic input for line level signals you should always expect poor results.

That's why I was going to buy an external soundcard. I bought focusrite solo but i had to return it to amazon cause it has only a mono line input.
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Re: Vinyl ripping soundcard below 100 euros (or dollars as w

Postby Sunwire » 24 May 2018 02:52

Well, duh! It's for microphones not line level signals. Why do you think it's called a Mic input? If you use a mic input for line level signals you should always expect poor results.


Some sound cards allow input jacks to accept both mic and line level signals by adjusting the input sensitivity with the driver software.
If there is only one audio input, it may be able to accept both mic and line level signals.
Since this appears to be a pretty sophisticated computer, I would expect it to have that capability. But I tried looking for documentation and gave up after a little while.
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Re: Vinyl ripping soundcard below 100 euros (or dollars as w

Postby bbr620 » 04 Jun 2018 17:34

Laptop soundcards aren't the best for ripping decent quality vinyl. Better getting yourself a decent enrty level USB Sound card and run your phono amp line outs to the line in of the sound card. The quality is like night / day.
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Re: Vinyl ripping soundcard below 100 euros (or dollars as w

Postby Peter Galbavy » 20 Jun 2018 14:08

Soundblaster E5 ? I often see it on sale ... works really well and does lots of other things too.
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Re: Vinyl ripping soundcard below 100 euros (or dollars as w

Postby JoeE SP9 » 26 Jun 2018 18:19

I use a Behringer UFO-222 to digitize LP rips. It appears to be identical to the UFO-202. The 222 has a Red case and the 202 a silver one. My 222 has UFO-202 molded into the back. For less than $30 @ Amazon it's hard not to buy either.


The UCA-202 is essentially the same with the inclusion of a phono preamp.
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