You may be thinking to yourself right now that it would be very difficult to transfer music from an LP vinyl record to a CD. Luckily for you, the entire process is actually very easy. All you need is a turntable, an amplifier and a computer with a CD burner. Basically, you will be recording the music from the LP directly to your computer, after which you will burn it to a CD. There are many awesome recording programs out there that you can use, but you can actually complete the process manually by using features that come standard with any Windows computer.
Step 1 – Connecting the Turntable
If you have a turntable that has a built-in amplifier, great. If not, you will need to connect your turntable to an amplifier before you connect them both to your computer. To connect a turntable to an amplifier, all you need is a set of stereo cables. Simply connect the red and white audio plugs into the corresponding plugs on the turntable. Once you have done that, you will need to connect another set of stereo cables from the output jacks on the amplifier to the Y-adapter on the turntable. From there, you will be able to connect the plug that is found on the Y-adapter to the REC jack on your computer.
Step 2 – Recording the Audio
If you have a recording program on your computer, such as Microsoft Plus!, feel free to use that instead of completing the process manually. If you don’t, though, go to the bottom right of your screen, right-click on the little speaker icon and select “Recording devices”. You will then need to click in the white area of the box that appears and select “Show Disabled Devices”. Once you have done that, look for “Line In”, right-click on that and click “Enable”, “Set as Default Device”, “Apply”, then “OK”. That sounds like a lot, but you’ll have it done in a few seconds.
Now that you have done that, go to the “Start” window on the bottom right hand side of your screen, and in the “Run” box, type in “soundrecorder” and press the “Enter” key on your keyboard. When the recorder loads, go ahead and press “Start recording”. You will then need to begin playing your LP record on your turntable. When you are done recording, click on “Stop recording” and save your music to a location that you will remember.
Step 3 – Burning the CD
You have made it through the toughest part of transferring an LP to CD. Go to the location that you save your music and double-click on it to open the file in Windows Media Player. Once Windows Media Player has loaded, place a blank CD in your burner and close the AutoPlay window. You will then need to click on the “Burn” button and drag the music that you recorded into the “Burn list”. Once that is done, click on “Burn to disc” and you will have successfully transferred your LP to CD.