How to Convert Vinyl Records to CD Without Connecting to PC

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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Playing a vinyl record requires a turntable. Converting a vinyl record into a CD will let you play what's on the record pretty much anywhere, but the time and computer equipment needed to do the conversion can be daunting. The solution is to use a record player with a built-in CD drive that burns (copies) the record directly to the CD without the need of a computer. There are a number of companies that make these record players and these players all operate in a similar fashion to burn a vinyl record to a CD.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • LP-to-CD record player
  • Camel's hair brush
  • Blank, recordable CD disc

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Take the vinyl record out from its jacket and hold it by the edges. Place the vinyl record on the LP-to-CD record player with side one facing up. Use the camel's hair brush to remove dust from the vinyl record.

  2. 2

    Press the disc eject button on the LP-to-CD record player to open the disc tray. Insert a blank recordable CD disc into the disc tray. Press the disc eject button to close the disc tray.

  3. 3

    Press the "CD" button on the LP-to-CD record player's main control panel. Set the turntable to "LP" and turn it on. Pick up the tone arm and place it down at the beginning of the vinyl record.

  4. 4

    Press the "Record" button on the LP-to-CD record player's main control panel. Wait as the first side of the vinyl record plays. Press the "Pause" button on the LP-to-CD record player's main control panel when the first side has finished playing.

  5. 5

    Pick the tone arm up off the vinyl record and place it on the tone arm rest. Remove the vinyl record and turn it over. Place the vinyl record down on the LP-to-CD record player with the reverse side facing upwards.

  6. 6

    Place the tone arm at the beginning of the vinyl record. Press the "Pause" button on the LP-to-CD record player's main control panel again. Wait as the second side of the vinyl record plays.

  7. 7

    Press the "Stop" button on the LP-to-CD record player's main control panel when the second side of the vinyl record has finished playing. Put the tone arm back on the tone arm rest. Turn off the turntable and pick up the vinyl record and put it back into its jacket.

  8. 8

    Press the disc eject button on the LP-to-CD record player's main control panel to eject the CD disc. Turn off the LP-to-CD record player.

Tips and warnings

  • Some LP-to-CD record players also include a cassette player and can convert cassettes to a CD.
  • Cheap blank recordable CD discs can fail to properly record the music off of the vinyl record. Use a name brand recordable CD to minimise the chance of this happening.

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