Best practices for ripping vinyl

Please share your experiences with ripping vinyl regarding turntables and software used on Windows, Mac, or Linux.

Devialet expert series as my A/D. 24/96
Presonus Studio 1 DAW for capture.
iZotope RX 4 for cleaning up noise.
Presonus Studio 1 to fade in and out of tracks and completely remove noise between tracks and ultimately split the song into tracks.

Your experience may vary, but for me, there was two kinds of analog noise:

  1. Pops, clicks, etc that distracted from the music
  2. Pops, clicks, etc that seemed to be separated from the music, and not distracting

I found that when I cleaned an LP thoroughly, the noise that came through after AD conversion was almost exclusively the second kind (non-distracting).

I found that the cleaning was more important than the cartridge for me. I had a $75 Sumiko and a $1500 Delos, and I’d take the cheapo cartridge with a rigorously clean album, rather than the better cartridge with a dirtier album.

Jus one analog crank’s opinion.

I rigorously clean records, and stylus prior to doing the rip, but once clean, the recording chain is as follows:

  • Tascam DA3000 - set to 2X DSD rate
  • Balanced XLR from SME V tone arm to ASR Basis Exclusive phono stage
  • Balanced XLR from ASR to Tascam

My analog rig is an Acoustic Signature Final Tool with a brand new DC Syncronous motor, and brand new Silencer 24 platter / bearing system. Cart is a Sumiko Palo Santos Presentation sitting on SME V tonearm.

In the past I used to rip into a PC with external TC Electric sound card (external fire-wire) and WaveLab studio… That was combersome… Then I picked up the TASCAM and recorded to 2X DSD then use AlpineSoft’s Vinyl Studio to split the DSD into separate tracks - but not any more. I now just tag the .DSF into Artist, Album, and side number, along with album art.

Playing back through Roon at 2X DSD to my PS Audio DS DAC via JPLAY (ASIO) is transparent to the source.

I too used to use iZotope RX 3 to clean up and level the PCM (prior to the Tascam DA 3000), but I found it consumed more time than I have with two small children and a demanding job :slight_smile:

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This is a KILLER or well thought out set-up. Kudos!

  • You don’t really need a PC/Mac in this instance, as much of the work
    can be done from the DA-3000.
  • The DA-3000 even performs auto tracks splits, based on user criteria.
  • Next, hook up the SD/CF card to the computer and drag and drop to the
    Roon folder and identify through Roon. (or just do as @louawalters.)

The DA-3000 is on my wishlist!

Really great answers @DrTone, @Akimo and @louawalters, thanks.

As always there is more than one way to accomplish something.

@louawalters what software do you use to tag the .dsf files?

@vpzee, What I know is that DSD supports ID3 tags.

Instead of investing in all this stuff I would like to send my albums to you.
You can keep them as long as I get the files :wink:

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Dr. How did the recording via Devialet come out? One of my hopes is that the quality is good enough so I don’t have to go the Tascam route.

Way better than my excellent RME hardware and Simaudio phono preamp. You can really dial your cartridge in, especially gain, completely optimising SNR.

I may take you up on the offer - but time is so short now days. I have two kids, both under two :wink:

I save the files into .DSF format as tagging with ID3 is supported. So typically one file per LP side. Many new releases (especially indie rock music) is on 4 sides, so there would be 4 files each corresponding to a side.

@ DrTone - do you still need a PC with the Devialet route? What software do you use?

Yes you still need a computer. Presonus Studio 1 for capture, fading, cutting and splitting. RX4 for cleaning in the music.

I plan on using Adobe audition since I own it already

Similar to the poster using a TASCAM:

Dynavector XV1-S stereo or Lyra low-output Helikon mono cartridge > Herron VTPH-2 phono stage > Korg MR2000S digital recorder at DSD128 in DSF format.

Audiogate software for track-splitting and Yate for tagging.

Steve Z