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Digitizing Vinyl with a Pioneer DVR-510H-S

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I'm just passing along this discovery I made awhile back.

I've been converting a lot of my vinyl LPs to CD using my iBook computer. But sometimes I wish I wasn't tying up the Mac while I'm playing the albums. So I decided to try it with my Pioneer DVR-510H-S instead. It worked great.

I have the audio line inputs connected to my receiver's outputs, but I disconnect the video input from the Pioneer. Next, I set the recording rate to MN32 or Fine which is the one that records audio as PCM. I also boost the audio input level in the audio set up because I noticed later that it wasn't recording near the peak level.

Because there is no video signal being recorded, the Pioneer records about 6 or 7 hours of music on to one video mode DVD-RW. After finalizing the DVD-RW I can extract the audio to my Mac's hard drive, resample the audio to 44.1 kHz and separate the tracks using various software.

Although this isn't faster than digitizing directly to the computer, it's rather cool. Also, this will work if you ever want to create some long-playing audio DVDs. I suspect you could get 30 hours or more on one if you chose a setting with AC-3 audio. It's not much to look at, though (that's humor).
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I must say that you have indeed discovered (created?) one awesome process.

I too, have been transferring vinyl to my computers (iBook and iMac).

For me, there would be a distinct advantage to your process--

In my livingroom, there would have been no really convenient place to put my computer (which would have to be the iBook) so that the computer end of the transfers can be managed. Instead, I lugged the turntable to my home office and have been doing the job gradually there without using an amp or pre-amp. This was workable, but required software processing to conform the audio to the RIAA curve. With your method, I can use my amplifier (which is effectively immobile due to being hooked to just about every single audio and video component I own, including my DVD recorder).

Thus, while an extra step or two may be needed with your method, it will save me at least one other step on the computer.
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