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Tue Mar 9, 2021, 08:13 PM

Looking For Suggestions

I'm recording again, just for my own amusement. I use a 24 bit, 16 track recorder so it's not on a computer.
I've got 2 songs done, but....here's my dilemma.
I've got no way to master to CD or digitize to MPEG.
My old HP laptop is a boat anchor, power supply is also shot.
What I want to do is, get some sort of audio/video input interface (Vidbox?), a cheap laptop that can manage that interface, & a DVD/CD burner so I can play the audio of the MPEG onto a CD.
That way I get a new computer & mastering to CD in one shot.
Any thoughts?

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ProfessorGAC Mar 2021 OP
Pobeka Mar 2021 #1
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Pobeka Mar 2021 #4
ProfessorGAC Mar 2021 #5
Goonch Mar 2021 #3
ProfessorGAC Mar 2021 #6

Response to ProfessorGAC (Original post)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 08:27 PM

1. Does your track recorder have an optical out jack?

If so, that'll be your best way to get transferred to a laptop by keeping it all digital.

Almost certainly you'll be looking for a USB adapter than can handle optical input.

Otherwise you'll be looking for something like a Berhringer UFO202 -- it can handle phonograph level (applies the RCAA amplification), or normal line level input (which will be the audio output from your track recorder). You'll then have to futz with output levels to make sure you don't overload the input

I can't help much beyond that because I'm a 100% linux person, so software's all different.

HTH

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Response to Pobeka (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 08:34 PM

2. It Does, Yes!

According to the manual it's IEC 60958 or the Alexis proprietary MCOI, which can be chosen from the operating software or firmware.
Looked up the UFO202. Does that have optical in? Or just RCA?
This is a good rec! I see Musician's Friend is selling them for just $39!
Edit: just ordered one!

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 10, 2021, 10:42 AM

4. Audacity software is free, and very powerful for audio multitrack editing.

You might want to check it out -- it is multiplatform.

If you want to burn a CD it'll help to prepare the WAV files for you. I think it will also let you make MP3's, though you may need an additional "plugin" of some sort.

Hope it all works, regardless how you get there.

Have fun!

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Response to Pobeka (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 10, 2021, 02:33 PM

5. Thanks Again!

Now, I just need to buy a new laptop & DVD/CD drive.

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Response to Goonch (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 10, 2021, 02:35 PM

6. Thanks, But...

...I'm not that fussy. If I go digital to analog (audio) & back to digital, I'll be happy.

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