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New Setup to record LPs to CDs

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#1 Capn Easy

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 12:30 AM

For years I have recorded LPs, CDs, etc., to a CD recorder (a Lite-on 5005, although I never used it for DVDs). I would record both sides of an LP to a CD-RW, bring the CD-RW to my computer, run filters, etc., and burn a good CD. Well, the Lite-on is finally on its way out. I've looked around and I'm not happy about the CD recorders out there -- too expensive, and music CD-RWs seem to be in short supply.

Anyway, it looks like the best option is to get a small, refurbished PC -- typically running Windows XP with a 40 GB hard drive -- in the $200 price range, and use it for recording. This would probably be less expensive, easier to use, and (far) more flexible than a dedicated CD recorder.

I'm wondering if anyone else has taken this approach. I don't think I need internet connectivity, but I assume I would still need some antivirus program to protect against infections that might come in on CD-ROMs, flash drives, etc. -- how would the antivirus get updated without an internet connection?

Has anyone gone this route?


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Posted 28 December 2008 - 05:34 AM

Yes, I agree a free-standing Windows system (a good idea for music production) should still have antivirus protection, unless you can be sure of the provenance of any external storage media brought to the system (eg always already scanned on another system). I think any AV worth its salt will provide a manual update file which you can download periodically using another computer and load onto the music system from a CD or flash drive. I use Avast Free and it does, and any other free AV I've used certainly had that option.

Another possibility is to side-step the issue by experimenting with a Linux distribution pre-setup for doing music, such as DyneBolic or Ubuntu Studio, but you may not want the learning curve of using an unfamiliar Operating System and applications.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 10:11 AM

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 12:05 PM

I followed your link and like what I see. Looks like a great way to preserve those old LP's.
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Posted 28 December 2008 - 12:57 PM

Thanks, Platypus, that was the info I needed.

Actually, the Windows thing is a bit of a pain. I use a commercial package that does a great job, but only runs on Windows. Otherwise I'd be running Linux.

As far as prices go, refurbs without the OS don't seen to be noticeably cheaper than refurbs with Windows.

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