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Very good guide . There are a few things I think you should add/change though:

1) You should use a sound card that has a quality ADC, and can capture with sample rates of at least 96kHz/24bit, or 192kHz/24bit if possible. The whole point of recording from a record is to get better-than-CD quality so if you're stuck recording at 44kHz/16-bit it kind of defeats the purpose. Quality semi-pro capture devices can be found for as little as $120 (E-MU 0204), and they offer better recording quality than consumer cards (Xonar, Sound Blaster, etc).

2) Since the entire data stream is analog, it is susceptible to interference. Use shielded cables if possible, keep all the equipment away from any major EMF sources (CRTs, fridges, A/Cs, etc) and make sure the preamp's and computer's PSUs have a good line input filter on them. Shielding your sound card, if it's internal, will also help. The quality and length of the cables also makes a difference - use ones that are only as long as you need them to be, don't run them parallel to any power cords, and if you need to use an RCA->3.5mm headphone adapter make sure you place it only right at the sound card (don't use an adapter cable).

3) Don't try to skimp by using older players/preamps, unless you can rebuild them yourself. Some of them are top-notch, but over the decades both the electrical and mechanical components in them have degraded, along with their audio quality. Also with older preamps, you need to make sure that it's correction curve is standard RIAA, as many companies back then had their own standards.

4) Make sure to

before recording it, otherwise you're going to have lots of snaps, crackles, and pops all over your music. Also, if you want to play the record every now and then, getting to use every once in a while will help.

5) If the noise floor of a record is too high for comfort (the "hiss" in the background, which gets slightly louder each time it's played), you can add your own impedence to the output to eliminate/reduce it. Here is a good option for cards with 3.5mm jacks. Unless you have professional-level NR software, the audio quality from one of these will probably be higher than editing it digitally (believe it or not).

6) Whatever you do, don't archive your records as MP3s or all your efforts will have gone to waste. Stick with a lossless format - WAV, FLAC, ALAC, APE, etc.
Edited by Manyak - 7/18/11 at 8:26am
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Made some alterations as suggested, there’s still more work to be done but it is getting there. Hope you all like it so far.
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