How to Connect a Turntable to Your Sound Card

Updated April 17, 2017

If you want to convert your vinyl record collection into a more versatile digital format, you will need to connect your turntable to your computer. Whilst the majority of modern turntables offer USB connectivity, you can also connect a turntable directly to your computer's sound card using the Phono inputs. In order to record sound from your turntable through the soundcard you will need to use a Stereo Phono Pre-Amplifier to amplify the signal.

Connect the Phono flying leads from your turntable to the "Input" sockets (IN) on the Stereo Phono Pre-Amplifier. Make sure the colour on the lead matches the colour on the plug.

Connect the Phono end of the 3.5mm Jack to Twin Phono Lead to the "Output" sockets (OUT) on the Stereo Phone Pre-Amplifier. Once again make sure the colour on the lead matches the colour on the plug.

Locate the "Line-in" socket on your sound card. This is usually colour-coded blue. Plug the 3.5mm Jack into the "Line-in" socket.

Things You'll Need

  • Stereo Phone Pre-Amplifier
  • 3.5mm to Twin Phono Lead
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Adam White began writing in 2007 and is currently based in Norwich, U.K. White graduated from the University of East Anglia with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and is currently continuing his studies at the university for a Master of Arts in culture and modernity.