Transfer LP Records to Your Mac

I stumbled across a tutorial from Macinstruct a couple of weeks ago on how to import vinyl records into digital files.

The tutorial seemed straightforward enough and more importantly, free. All you need for hardware is a Mac, record player and a receiver with a headphone jack. The only thing left after that is an audio cord and one of those funny headphone plug things. I had one laying around from the last set of headphones I bought. The software used in the tuturial is the Audacity (open-source) and the LAME codec (for converting to mp3).

I spent the better part of the weekend working on importing my records. It’s a happy time for me, since I do love my records. The only problem is that I never actually listened to them. About six months ago I gave up and moved my whole stereo to the basement. The plan was to trade it in for one of those nifty iPod stereo thingys. Well, I have yet to actually buy any sort of iPod stereo, and my records, until last weekend were still just records. I’ve been using my PS2 for a stereo. Sigh.

I’m happy to report that the whole process is pretty easy. Everything listed in the tutorial works as they say it does. The sound quality is as expected, not terribly good, but it sure beats replacing my record collection with CDs or iTunes songs. The process is very slow though. I mean, you do have to actually sit there and play the records in real time while they import. But, as far as I know, there’s no way around that.

So for now I’m enjoying my long lost B-52’s, Blondie, Blonde Redhead and Tom Waits albums.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.


1. Album Cover for Blondie's Parallel Lines | NerdStarGamer

[…] I was busy digitizing my record collection, I got a chance to look at some of the album art that I haven’t seen for some time. […]