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    Hi Guys/Gals,

    This topic has probably been covered before, and i have ripped vinyl myself before, but i didn't achieve the results i was hoping for at the time and kinda gave up on it.

    Now i am back on it again and have purchased some new toys. A macbook pro, A Stanton T.92 and a set of technics M5Gs.

    I did try and make the jump with a Pioneer DDJ-SX, but i could not get along with it , so i sold it and purchased Traktor A10.

    As you can see, i have made a few bad decisions and probably should have read a little more before making outlandish purchases. But Hey...

    So my plan is to use my M5g's and spin the time-coded vinyl with purchased Wav/Mp3's and my vinyl rips.

    So far i have not been very happy with the results i got from the Stanton USB turntable, and so i am hoping to use the M5g's and maybe the Traktor A10 sound card for best results.


    I have been trying to do this in Audacity, and even though i have set the A10 as my main Input / output on my macbook preferences, I cannot use it as the input/output in Audacity.

    I have scoured the net trying to find a way to use the A10 to do this, but i keep coming up empty handed. I know a little about this subject, but i am not overly technical, so if anybody can give me a step-by-step dummies guide, that would be great.

    I don't mean to sound like a lemon, but I am ultimately trying to get a reproduction of my vinyl that sounds as good as it does when i play it normally.

    The Stanton USB Turntable did not produce these results as closely as i would have liked, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance


    Mattalik.
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    Launch the A10 control panel and bump your input gains to +12dB. Maybe even +18dB but I found that it caused a lot of clipping. YMMV.

    I will post step by step later, as I don't have my A8 hooked up right now, but I have had no problems ripping my vinyl using Audacity and my A8. You should setup all of your settings within Audacity. I don't recall having to adjust them in System Preferences.

    In Audacity I have those options right under the Play/Pause/Stop buttons. Select the A10 as your input and which channels you have your turntables connected to. I am using version 2.0.3 of Audacity.

    You will need to click on the microphone button and select "start monitoring" to see the input levels before you start recording.

    Hope that helps.

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    You may need to set Audacity to a 4-track recording (with turntable connected to In 3/4), as if you select 2-track it will only listen to the front MAIN inputs which do not have phono preamps.
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    Thankyou guys, I will try what you have written asap. Thanks for the tips so far.
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    Sometimes its hard to be happy with vinyl rips. This is why many prefer vinyl to CD

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