The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

22 June 2007

Bytes, black and shiny

I am pretty much an old hand at ripping vinyl to whatever digital format I happen to need at the moment, but I'm not so smug about it that I can't appreciate this:

I'm sometimes hesitant to buy an album I might really, really love, because I'm then prohibited from listening to it on my iPod, in my car — anywhere that isn't on my living room floor in front of the turntable.

Fortunately, some bands are one step ahead of me. The other night, Dwight and I picked up a Bright Eyes album at Guestroom Records and were pleased to discover a little sticker informing us that with our vinyl purchase, we would receive a code enabling us to download the album for free, as well. I noticed a similar sticker on other albums, including one by Arcade Fire.

Remind me not to tell you about the time I tried to compress a 45.

Unless (1) I win the Powerball and (2) the science of longevity advances spectacularly in the next few years, I won't live long enough to rip all my vinyl, which means that most of it still gets played in the canonical fashion. This is less bothersome than you might think.

Posted at 9:44 AM to Entirely Too Cool , Fileophile


I know a guy around here (an historian, yet) with a whole bunch of vinyl just waiting to be ripped. I have such a thing for old, lost music that I wish I could just chuck it all and spend my days grabbing those files from him and God knows how many other folks like him.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 2:47 PM on 22 June 2007

I'm finally getting around to this project; any tips or tricks you'd like to share?

Posted by: Jason at 12:00 AM on 24 June 2007

If you have enough hardware, do the whole side at once; you can split it into individual tracks later.

Save the wav files: don't toss them until you have good burns.

And don't be afraid to play around with between-track spacing, if your software permits.

Posted by: CGHill at 12:35 AM on 24 June 2007