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I have an LP (unavailable on CD) that I need to convert to CD. I know there are alot of companies offering this service, but I haven't been able to find one that convinces me it will do so at the best possible sound quality level. Can anybody recommend one? Thanks.
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I haven't been able to find one that convinces me it will do so at the best possible sound quality level.

Define "best quality sound level." What is it that they're not doing that you think they should?

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Check to see if there is a phono input available for pc and convert it to flac. That's lossless audio and a free codec so that portion wouldn't cost anything. Don't know about the phono input but my guess would be that it would be cheaper than having a company do it. If you don't want to go that route try contacting a company called disc makers. I know they used to have combo CD and LP packages available.


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First, I haven't seen a company that advertises based on its sound quality, I just have seen companies that advertise their functional ability to convert to digital. I'd like to go with a company that as faithfully as possible replicates the analog waveform in a digital .wav file. I am concerned that most companies just use some cheap analog to digital converter off of a cheap turntable.

Second, I don't own a turntable, hence my need to hire someone else.

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Can you borrow a turntable?

Many sound cards come with software capable of recording to high bit .wav files. Audacity is a free(?) software that can also do this.

Any file you create (in high bit) will need to be down-converted to 16/44.1 .wav in order to write to a CD.

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I'd like to go with a company that as faithfully as possible replicates the analog waveform in a digital .wav file. I am concerned that most companies just use some cheap analog to digital converter off of a cheap turntable.

Any joker can faithfully replicate an analog waveform as PCM. That part is trivial, as long as they watch the levels. I would suggest contacting these companies and asking them what analog equipment they use. That's going to make the difference, and might also give you some peace of mind about how much care they take in their work.

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One other thought: You might want to ask how much if any noise reduction or other post-conversion processing they do.

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Good suggestions, thank you.
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For my own records I use GoldWave and Groove Mechanic, but I keep a raw unprocessed version of the acquisition in case tools or my skill gets better. It is a LOT of work, so I would be scared on how much attention to detail a company could afford to do. I probably put 20 hours into a record, which is why I just buy replacement CD's if I can.
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For my own records I use GoldWave and Groove Mechanic, but I keep a raw unprocessed version of the acquisition in case tools or my skill gets better. It is a LOT of work, so I would be scared on how much attention to detail a company could afford to do. I probably put 20 hours into a record, which is why I just buy replacement CD's if I can.

Indeed. My process as well. The raw data file as fail-safe.

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