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RIP Vinyl™ Version 4.05

The easy way to transfer your vinyl records to CD, MP3, iPod or other MP3 player!
Compatible with Windows 8, 10 and USB Turntables!
Record what you hear on Windows 7, 8, and 10!

 

Connecting Your System to RIP Vinyl

My computer only has a microphone input. Can I use RIP Vinyl?

Microphone inputs are generally not suitable for recording from anything other than a microphone. For some reason, manufacturers like Dell have decided to remove line-in from their laptops, preventing your from recording your LP's with a portable computer.

You may still be able to record what you're listening to on these computers. The easiest way to tell is to install the demo version of the program, and see what's listed on the list of inputs. And when you're looking for a new PC, find out what inputs are supported before you buy.

Alternatively, there are a variety of USB sound cards that can be attached to your PC, which will provide more useful inputs.

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How do I connect my record player to my computer?

Record players must be amplified before they can be connected to a line input of your computer. The easiest way to do this is to play it through your stereo system, and take the output (either cassette out or headphone out) and connect that to your line input, using the cables shown below.

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How do I connect my cassette to my computer?

To connect a cassette deck on your stereo, the best way is to connect the "tape out" for your second tape deck, and connect that to your laptop. Then set up your stereo system as if you were recording tape to tape, using a cable, like cable 2. If your system doesn't have a second tape output, you may have to resort to using the headphone output of your stereo, using a cable like cable 3 below.

To connect a portable cassette deck, just use a cable like cable 1 below. Plug one end into the headphone jack, and the other into line in on your pc.

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What other sources can I record from?

You should be able to record from any audio source supported on your PC. If you show recording controls and the choose the properties menu item, you may find that you can also record from your telephone, a microphone, or to record any sound your system is currently playing, select the Mixer control.

Be aware that with the mixer selected, you will also hear any beeps your computer makes. Because of this, you may want to go to your computer's control panel, and change the sound scheme to none. Of course some programs may not respect this and will continue to notify you with sounds, so you may want to close any unnecessary programs on your pc.

You can also make your own demo tape by mixing more than one source at a time. The budding karaoke artist can connect the line-in port to the karaoke machine, and sing into the microphone, and you can record the mixed result. I've done the same with my trumpet and a backing track.

How can I choose which sound card, and which input to use?

RIP Vinyl supports more than one sound card on the same PC, provided that the sounds cards have well written drivers.

To select a different sound card, press the Options... button on the main screen.

To select a different input, use the pull down box on the main screen, or if it is empty, press the show recording controls button.

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How can I record what I'm listening to on my PC?

To do this, your sound card will need to be able to record from the stereo mixer. Sound card manufacturers don't agree on a name for this so you'll have to experiment, but the following names are sometimes used:

By selecting this input, you can record internet radio shows or other streamed events if you're not near your PC. You can also record internet telephone calls and chat room conversations with this method.

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How can I monitor what I'm recording?

Show the recording controls, then from the properties menu, choose playback controls. Then select the same source as you are recording from (usually line-in). Be careful not to select microphone, or you may get a terrible feedback noise. Note that this is not supported by some sound cards.

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What cables will I need?

In order to connect your equipment to your sound card, you will need some cables. Below are some pictures of the cables I have used.

This cable is for connecting portable stereos (e.g. a walkman) for capturing cassettes. Notice that the ends of the jacks have 3 separate areas (separated by two colored bands). The three areas are left, right, and ground, so you'll be able to record stereo. Some have only two. These are mono jacks, and unless you want to record in mono, don't use them.

These jacks are exactly the same as found on your head phones that plug into your walkman.

Plug one end into your cassette deck, and the other into your line input on your sound card.

mini stereo jack to mini stereo jack connector
Cable 1
This cable is for connecting to the tape out port of your stereo. You connect the red and white RCA jacks to the tape output, and plug the other end into your line input port. mini stereo jack to RCA jack connector
Cable 2
When I bought the cable above, it included the gold adapter included in this picture. It is a converter from an old fashioned head phone jack, into the new modern mini head phone jack. It is handy for connecting to the first cable, so you can record from your headphone outputs if your levels are too low when you try to record from the tape output in the example above. mini stereo jack with headphone jack connector
Cable 3

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