How to Connect a Turntable to Your Sound Card

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How to Connect a Turntable to Your Sound Card
Connect your turntable to your computer sound card. (DJ needle image by pavel Chernobrivets from Fotolia.com)

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.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Stereo Phone Pre-Amplifier
  • 3.5mm to Twin Phono Lead

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Instructions

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

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