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The Case of the Old Vinyl

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 by | Filed Under: Multimedia

Alex from Hungary writes:

How can I transfer from vinyl records to a laptop when the laptop only has two sound inputs (mic & ear phone )?

Hi, Alex.  Thanks for the excellent question.

Well, there are a couple of ways to do this. One, if you already have a record player, is to get what’s called a “dongle” to hook your record player to your computer via USB.

These will typically run you $10 or $20.  Many of them, like the one pictured here, come with audio and video inputs (so that you can also transfer your old VHS tapes), as well as a 3.5 mm input jack so that you can hook your earphone output from a Walkman or other portable audio device, plus software so that your computer can communicate with it.  You simply install the software, hook your record player’s audio output or headphone output (as long as it has the 3.5 mm headphone output) to the dongle and you’re good to go.  If you need a 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm cable, or an adapter to change the larger headphone output to 3.5 mm, you can pick those up at any electronics store for a couple of bucks.

If, like many of us, you don’t have a record player, then you can get a record player that hooks directly to your computer via USB.

These will run you anywhere from about $60 to $100 and most include a 3.5 mm jack to plug your Walkman or headphone jack into so that you can also transfer your tapes.

Once you’ve got the music on your computer, you can then use your computer’s CD burner to transfer these to disc if you want.

Hope that this helps!

~Randal Schaffer

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