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Before You Begin
100 Install Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition (DME)
104 Use DME to Capture Music from Old LP Albums
Back around the days of Noah, people used to listen to music on vinyl record albums called long-play albums , or LPs . Compact discs (CDs) had not yet been invented. Millions of those records still line people's attics and flea market shelves . An entire LP fan base has caused somewhat of a rejuvenation of interest in LPs because of their unique sound quality, which today's CDs mask as a result of their high fidelity. It seems the sound of the phonograph needle hitting the record and the background hum that occurs during playback produces a nostalgic sound, and some vinyl albums now command high dollar figures.
How can the presence of LP albums that still abound help you as a movie producer?
Chances are, if you have some of these albums, you probably have not yet replaced all of them with CDs. Yet, you might want to use many of the tunes from these albums as backgrounds in your videos ”it makes sense to capture their contents.
LP record albums are not digital like audio CDs. Therefore, you cannot simply transfer their contents, without quality loss, to your computer and play them there. One way to transfer music from your albums to your computer is to record them with a microphone connected to your computer's sound card, but obviously a direct connection would be better.
The Microsoft Plus! Digital Media help screens show you how to connect your phonograph to your computer through your stereo system.
If you still own a turntable, connect it to your stereo. If you don't have a turntable, you'll have to borrow one because it's the only way you can play your albums. The sound from a turntable is not strong enough for your computer's sound card's line-in jack to sense. Therefore, you will need to run the turntable through your stereo and then connect your stereo's output jacks to your computer's sound card.
The Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition includes the Analog Recorder program. With Analog Recorder, after you hook up your turntable to your computer's sound card, you can easily record your records' tracks ( see 104 Use DME to Capture Music from Old LP Albums ). The Analog Recorder includes special filters that reduce the pops and hisses normally associated with LPs and that enable you to divide your recorded LPs into individual tracks, even if you record whole sides of an album at one time.
So, if you have some of those old big band albums from the 40s and 50s that would work well in your movies, the DME comes to the rescue.
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