The following screenshots outline basic setup for Vinyl Studio on the Mac OS X platform. Many audiophiles prefer the sound of DSD transfers, but this tutorial outlines recording to 24bit/192kHz PCM files. PCM is more versatile for playback and provides for processing (e.g. normalization).
When launching Vinyl Studio, you will be taken to the Record tab:
Click on the "Check Level" button to select your recording device (in this case, the Ayre ADC USB interface):
Close and return to the main page. You can select the playback device by clicking on the "Change Playback Device" button. Once the interfaces are set up, prepare an album for recording. Enter the Artist, Album Title, Release Year and Genre. (More information can be added later; see below.)
Next, select the recording format. Click on the "Recording Options" button to bring up the following menu. We recommend using ALAC (Apple Lossless) format. Select 192kHz and 24 bits per sample. And use the default compression of 2. (Note that compression in the ALAC context reduces file size but does not impact sound quality. In other words, no information is removed.)
Next, go to the Vinyl Studio Preferences page (accessible from the Vinyl Studio > Preferences menu). Here you can select your file location preferences. Under the "File Options when Saving Tracks ..." tab, confirm the output is Apple Lossless Format as shown in the following screen shots:
Once you have recorded both sides of your record, you can quickly and easily split tracks. Vinyl Studio makes it easy to look up track listings from Discogs and other databases. Click on "Lookup Track Listing" to find the correct album. You may have to tweak the artist and album titles to get the album to show up. There are often many versions of an album. Be sure to select the correct one to match yours.
Once the album has been identified, click on "Use Selected Listing":
Next, click on "Edit Album Details" to further edit the metadata and add the Album Artwork:
You may need to download the Album Artwork from your web browser, and then manually add it by clicking on the "Browse" button:
Once the metadata for the album is entered properly, set the track breaks. Hit the "B" key to insert a track break. The green marker indicates the start of a track. The red marker indicates the end of a track. Drag and drop the markers as required. Hold down the SHIFT key while dragging a marker to ignore passages.
After the track breaks are set, go to the Save Tracks tab. Select the album you have just made and Normalize the audio. Go to Batch > Normalize Selected Album. Select 0dB as outlined below:
After normalization is complete, click on "Save Tracks" at the bottom of the window. The individual tracks will be saved as Apple Lossless files in the file locations configured earlier. From here, you can copy or move the files into your main library.
For most genres, you can find metadata and at Discogs.com. In many cases, you may want to use your own cover art. If you have an iPhone, Scanner Pro is a really easy-to-use App. Place the album cover against a white or black background (for maximum contrast), snap a photo and upload the JPG to your Dropbox. Or email it to yourself. Adding artwork is simple with Vinyl Studio. Just remember to do it at the Edit Album stage, before, you save the tracks.
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