How to Record Vinyl Records Onto Your Computer – Pitchfork

Others opt for more high-tech digital solutions. Izotope’s popular RX 7 suite of post-production tools includes automated noise-removal tools like De-click and De-hum ($129). Both Mathieu and the Music Republic blogger recommend Click Repair ($40), a shareware audio-restoration application for removing clicks, background noise, and hum. “You use the preset, you hit the button, it’s done,” marvels the Music Republic blogger. “There are no side effects.”

Equalization and Normalization

To get your digital recording sounding as you like it, you may wish to do a little final tweaking. Mixing engineer and Running Back Records label manager Matthew Styles likes to give a boost to specific frequencies in the high end, known as a “high shelf,” to compensate for limitations in the vinyl pressing. Eris Drew turns her attention to the other extreme, adjusting the EQ to cut a little rumble out of the recording. “Not the actual bassline,” she stresses, “But incidental, low-frequency information captured by the needle—feedback, hum, and surface noise.”

Since older records tend to be quieter than contemporary vinyl, DJs might want to take additional steps to beef up the sound of that vintage wax for club play. Drew recommends using a limiter like Waves’ Ultramaximizer L1 ($50) and L2 ($60) plug-ins, which maximizes overall loudness. But, she cautions, “You sacrifice dynamics,