As much as vinyl records are analog, I still believe that the sound quality is much better than mp3. I have heard it said that the easiest way to do this is by the use of a USB turntable but even when doing so, does the quality of the record end up being compromised?
Rusty Messages: 170 Registered: May 2018 Location: Kansas City Missouri
I'd offhand say the quality of the end product being compromised more from the use of a typical cheap usb record player than the digitization of the analog source. I've used the free audacity down load and a usb phono preamp to accomplish nice sounding wav files with my analog turntable. You don't have to make the files mp3. But with a cheap turntable you get high w&f, rumble and speed inconsistency.
gofar99 Messages: 1428 Registered: May 2010 Location: Southern Arizona
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Hi, If the analog source is high quality then the MP3 will be much worse. OK for listening as background or in the car. Using a typical phono preamp (some good ones are in the $100-200 range) you can digitalize the output in a PC or via a dedicated device and (I use a SIIG external sound "card")save the file in a much higher resolution. I like 24/96 (native format no software in the SIIG) as the files are not too huge and nearly any program can handle them. Hard to tell them from the original material. If you use Audacity you can edit them and clean up much in the way of defiencies. Steep sub audio cut to remove sub sonics and if you have the patience you can individually remove clicks and pops. The auto setting is OK, but not perfect. Lots of other things can be done too. After the edit, you can decide what format to export the files. I use .wav as all my devices can use it and it sounds great. There are plenty of choices to suit your needs.