Wednesday, September 19, 2012

3 Reasons to Archive Your Vinyl Collection

1. The obvious - preserving your record collection 
Some of us have enormous record collections, and have had more than a passing thought about archiving it to a digital file. 

2. The convenience - It's not hard to imagine the convenience of being able to stream your favorite records, create playlists, and listen for hours without having to get up and flip/change the record. I mean, who wouldn't want that?

Problem #1 - The process
The issue with archiving vinyl is it's not like ripping a CD, where you can archive a copy at 16x playback speed if you wish. To record your vinyl you have to do it at 1x speed, and that is a pain in the arse.  That brings us to...

Problem #2
The sound quality. Why bother archiving your record collection at all if the sound quality is not going to be remotely close to what the original vinyl sounds like? Spending all of that time for a substandard result just seems wasteful. This has been the biggest issue with archiving vinyl. Either you suffer with an inexpensive USB turntable with limited output options, and no cartridge options, or you cobble together an expensive series of pro gear, with complicated user interfaces and settings. Neither seems very  attractive. 

3. The sound, finally - The recording equipment has finally become worthy of the effort of archiving your collection. The M2Tech Joplin  A/D converter makes 32/384 copies of your vinyl to store on your Mac or PC.

The Joplin takes any analog source and can make super high resolution files for archiving or playback.  The product has applications such as:
  • Archiving record collections
  • Archiving reel to reel collections
  • Even archiving your prerecorded cassettes of Winger from your 80's hair band phase!

The Joplin will connect right to the tone arm output connectors for all mm and some mc cartridges and convert the vinyl recording to a 384 kHz 32 bit file for storage on a server, PC or MAC. 

The Joplin has built in RIAA equalization and 16 different EQ curves for the majority of vinyl labels.  Curves used when the albums were cut.

The same goes for reel-to-reel tapes dating back decades, cassettes, anything analog. There is also equalization for 3 3/4 ips and 7 1/2 ips and 15 ips tape allowing you to pull audio right off the tape head.

Finally there is a simple, high quality solution for archiving any analog source, converting it to ultra high resolution digital, and bringing you digital that sounds much closer to the analog version than anything else out there.

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