How to Record a Vinyl LP and Tape to a Hard Drive With Adobe Audition

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How to Record a Vinyl LP and Tape to a Hard Drive With Adobe Audition
Learn to record your records and tapes to your hard drive using Adobe Audition. (black record player graphic image by Catherine rogers from Fotolia.com)

Record collectors, sometimes called "audiophiles" often obsessively clean, maintain and look for new ways to preserve their vinyl collection. One of the best ways to preserve your record collection is by digitising your records using Adobe Audition, which is part of Adobe's Creative Suite. The program is primarily used for audio recording, audio editing and audio correction. Audition allows you to quickly record from your record player straight to your computer.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Turntable or tape deck
  • RCA to 1/8-inch audio cable
  • Cassette tapes or vinyl records

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use an RCA to 1/8-inch cable to connect your turntable or tape deck to your computer. Connect the RCA end of your cable to the speaker outputs on your tape deck or turntable. Connect the 1/8-inch end of your cable to the audio input jack on your computer, which is usually located along the front or back panels of your computer and is identified by a small microphone icon over the input.

  2. 2

    Turn on your computer. Go to the Windows Start menu, and then click on "All Programs." Select "Adobe Audition" to launch the program.

  3. 3

    Locate the record or tape you want to record to your hard drive. Place it inside your turntable or tape deck. Three empty tracks will appear on the Adobe Audition screen. Place your cursor on the first track and click it to enable it for recording.

  4. 4

    Click on the red record button at the bottom of the screen. A dialogue box will open prompting you to name the track you are about to record. Name the track after the first song on the tape or record you are about to record.

  5. 5

    Press play on the tape deck or drop the record needle onto the first track on the record, while simultaneously clicking on the "Start Recording" button in the dialogue box.

  6. 6

    Press stop on Adobe Audition after your first song has finished recording. Press stop on the tape deck or lift the record needle from the record. Go to "File" and click on "Save As." Name the file after the song you just recorded. Select a destination for the recording. Press the "Save" button to save the recording to your hard drive.

  7. 7

    Repeat this procedure for each song you record.

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