Thanks all for the reply. After googling and a bit of research, I opted for NAD PP3 Phono Pre amp but with line in and usb output to PC. Did my first conversion from DIO Locked Up The Wolves cassette to the PC. The sottware is quite easy to use except that I need to split the tracks manually.
The conversion option includes mp3@48kHz, FLAC or WAV.
I am. It may not be the ultimate in analogue to digital conversion, but for your purposes that and Audacity would be perfectly fine (unless your source is a Nakamichi Dragon...). There are software packages out there that will split your tracks automatically for you as well.
As JD points out, the sound quality of analogue sources are seldom (if ever) what we're used to in this digital age. I've made quite a few digital copies of old analogue stuff, and I've always found that buying the music from iTunes (ACC) gives a far superior sound quality.
Not because the digital equipment weren't good enough, but because analogue sound reproduction is marred by noise, speed instability and other kinds of distortion.
You might make yourself deaf to this when listening to your old analogue gear -- but you'll sure hear it when you get the recordings into a computer and can compare it directly with digital originals...
If you've got unique material that's not available in digital formats, the USB phono boxes with line in from NAD or Pro-Ject will be fine. So will an inexpensive USB sound card, or even a decent built-in sound card.
Yes i totally agree. The conversion I made so far cannot compete a remastered copy in CD format. But as you pointed out, its the unique albums that I am preserving. Some are recording of my jammin sessions from 20 years ago
Oooopppss first hurdle encountered. The VinylStudio software allows to split the tracks after conversion. However, I cant get it to work (I am sure I am doing something wrong). It can physically scan for track breaks between songs but I cant seem to 'finalise' or 'execute' the split. Mainly because I cant find the any 'Execute' icon/button.