Vinyl to Mac.

Pro-Ject Essentials II met Macbook Pro.

If you’re a regular here then you know i love music, specifically on Vinyl. But i also travel to and from work and listen to my music on my iPhone. The thing is, i have lots of albums on vinyl that i don’t own digitally, which is annoying seeing as i have some great stuff.

Now, i could just go to iTunes and buy them all. Again. But who wants to do that?

It’s not stealing as i’m not selling it. Think of it like making a mix tape, like back in the 80’s and 90’s before mp3 player came about. I’m just making them portable.

Sure i’ll have to deal with surface noise but i’m used to that. i just hate having lots of great music that i can’t listen to on the road.

Will i copy all of them?

Probably not, no. There are, at the moment, 174 records, that’ll take a long time to do, so i could just copy the records i like most and go from there.


Record Player: Pro-Ject Essentialls II

Amp/Receiver: Denon AVR-2800.

Computer: Macbook Pro (late 2011).

I can’t plug the record player directly into my mac so i have to use the amp. I thought i might need so third party gadget to make this work. But i don’t, and as i’m not to concerned about HIGH quality, like sampling at 96khz 24bit yudda yudda yudda… i can use a cable i’ve had for as long as i can remember. Which ain’t long really. Bad memory. It’s a 1.5 meter long cable with a 3/4 inch jack on either end. I plug one end into the headphone jack on the amp as an output and, after turning the headphone jack on the Macbook Pro into a line in input for a microphone. Or in this case the other end of that auxiliary cable. Then i just set the volume on the amp so it’s not to loud, open up the software i’ll be using to record the audio, in this case Garageband, the Apple native software.

I did try to use Audacity, but it just pissed me off no end. So i relented and used Garageband instead and as it’s native, it exports brilliantly to iTunes, which is where i want it.

The End.

3 Comments on “Vinyl to Mac.

  1. I have a small Behringer Podcastudio USB mixer. I’ve used it with GarageBand to record some of my vinyl. It works great and you have a lot more control over the audio when recording. Even with the method you’re using, GarageBand gives you some great options for filtering your audio to your Mac. Even in post production, you can clean it up, adjust the intro-outro, tweak the sound level. I like it. You might as well convert what you can, if you have the time, make whole albums and put them in your iTunes. :D


  2. When you own the record you have a “License”, at least in the USA to copy it for your own usage. Like If you wanted to tape the vinyl so it wouldn’t wear out or if you record your DVD’s so you don’t ruin the original. WIth Vinyl you have a License to have an MP3 or whatever. You actually could find copies of the songs on the record that are already MP3.. and steal them off the internet, and you have a license to own them(so it’s not theft) because you have the Vinyl.
    You have paid for the music, that is what matters. Licensing when you buy an MP3 is a different thing though.


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