If you want to hook up a turntable to a computer, you’ll find that there are a few rules to follow…
However, the process isn’t too confusing and we are here to help you understand it. Before you begin, you should know that standard turntable output should be amplified and that the record player’s signal will need to be conditioned correctly, or equalized, before it can be used with your personal computer. If the signal isn’t conditioned as it should be, you’ll get poor sound quality as a result.
It’s possible to take care of equalization by accessing a plug-in which performs this task. So, do consider looking for an equalizer plug-in as you begin the process of connecting a record player to a computer. Next, you’ll need to invest in a record player pre-amplifier, which may be used as an add-on or integrated via a receiver, through the Phono port.
Next, you’ll need to move forward to cartridge electronic loading, which is all about incorporating a variety of electronic parts into a signal path of a pre-amp, via the input.
So, these three steps will need to be followed before you can begin.
More Steps to Follow
Once you’re ready to connect your record player and your pre-amp, do so by attaching one end of an RCA cable to your record player’s Output port. Then, connect the other end of your RCA cable to the Phone In port on the pre-amp. Red plugs should connect to red ports and the white plugs should connect to the white ports. Now, plug 1 one of the 2nd RCA cable to the Outputs port on the pre-amp. You’ll need to match red ports with red plugs and white ports with white plugs.
Once you’ve done this, plug your other end of your RCA cable into your RCA to mini adapter plug. This, insert this miniature plug into the Line-In port on your computer’s sound card.
So, as you can see, there are a few steps to follow. However, we’ve moved you through the steps, one by one, with a mind to helping you connect your record player to your computer in an organized and efficient manner. Once you’ve done this a few times, you’ll find that the process becomes easier and more intuitive. It’s all about learning and practice.
Once you’ve followed our steps, you’ll be able to get more enjoyment out of your turntable. You’ll access a whole new host of features which allow you to integrate your turntable with your home computer. It’s possible to attach a turntable to a conventional personal computer or a laptop computer.
You may be able to find video tutorials on YouTube or other video sharing websites. These tutorials will help you to understand the process, as you may watch another person perform each step in the process. If you’re daunted by doing this and you want this type of instruction, you should be able to find it quite easily. There are plenty of vinyl fans out there and they love sharing their tips with other record player owners.