Hello! I recently bought a turntable with a USB connection, for the purposes of converting a bunch of old vinyl records to audio CDs for easier listening. For anyone curious, it's a Numark TTUSB turntable. It even came with free software for recording the audio and splitting it into individual tracks. Neat!
...except the software is just awful. Specifically, you have to listen to the record live and manually insert breaks between tracks (which is an enormous pain) since it has zero editing capabilities, it only saves in WAV format and can't add any artist/album/track number metadata to the files, and it will ONLY record from USB; it can't recognize when you have it plugged in via 3.5mm microphone jack. It also seems to get cranky if you don't finish up the post-recording bookkeeping fast enough, as it's more than once shut down on me while I'm typing in the track names. It's pretty bad.
So my question is, never having done any audio work on a PC before, can anybody recommend a good piece of software for recording and editing audio, leaning towards converting LPs to digital? I don't feel like I need a full range of studio-grade features or anything like that. What I'm looking for specifically is something where I can record the whole album in one long chunk while I read a book or something, then easily chop it into individual tracks and add the metadata at my own leisure. As a bonus, some kind of filter to help mitigate the cracks and pops inherent in playing old vinyls would be amazing, too.
So, does anyone have a recommendation for me? If there isn't any good freeware audio software out there, I'm perfectly willing to go with a paid program so long as it's not subscription-based and meets my needs. Thank you for your time!