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Rip Your Own: Digitizing Your Records and Tapes

Book Description

"Rip Your Own: Digitizing Your Records and Tapes" guides users through the process of digitizing all of their music and transferring their record and tape collection to their iPod/MP3 player. It focuses on each piece of the puzzle, whether that means hooking your cassette player or record player up to an audio interface, or using a cassette deck or turntable with a USB interface direct to your computer. The book also explains how to use the software that can digitize that music into your computer, and the software that you can use to clean up tape clean up the hiss, hum, pops, and clicks from the material. Additionally, it focuses on how to take those transferred and cleaned up tracks and put them onto your iPod or other mp3 player. Throughout the text, "Rip Your Own" includes useful information on digital formats and fun facts on the history of recording and recording media.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Introduction
  5. 1. The Digital Lifestyle
    1. What Exactly Is a Digital Lifestyle?
    2. So…How Do I Fit in to All of This?
  6. 2. Choose Wisely: An Overview of Digital Music Players
    1. Device: Storage Types
      1. Flash-Based
      2. Hard Drive–Based
      3. External Media–Based
    2. Device Roundup
      1. Apple Inc.
        1. Apple iPod Shuffle
        2. Apple iPod Classic
        3. Apple iPod Touch
      2. Creative Labs
        1. Creative Zen Mosaic
        2. Creative Zen
        3. Creative Zen X-Fi
      3. Microsoft
        1. Microsoft Zune
      4. SanDisk
        1. Sansa Clip
        2. Sansa Fuze
        3. Sansa View
      5. Sony
        1. E-Series Walkman
        2. X-Series Walkman
        3. Hi-MD Walkman
  7. 3. Imported Goods: A Guide to Digitally Importing and Transferring Music onto Your Computer
    1. Digital Formats
      1. Sound Quality
      2. Original Formats
        1. Vinyl
        2. Compact Cassette Tape
        3. Compact Disc
      3. Destination Formats
        1. Uncompressed Formats
          1. AIFF (.aif)
          2. WAV (.wav)
        2. Compressed Formats
          1. AAC/MP4 (.m4a)
          2. Apple Lossless (.m4a)
          3. FLAC (.flac)
          4. MP3/MPEG-1 (.mp3)
          5. Ogg Vorbis (.ogg)
          6. bRealMedia (.rm)
          7. Windows Media Audio (.wma)
    2. Software for Importing Music
      1. Rippers and Media Players
        1. Audiograbber
        2. BonkEnc
        3. dBpoweramp
        4. Exact Audio Copy
        5. foobar 2000
        6. iTunes
        7. MediaMonkey
        8. RealPlayer
        9. Winamp
        10. Windows Media Player
      2. Recording Software
        1. BIAS Peak LE
        2. Sony Creative Software Sound Forge Audio Studio
        3. WaveLab Essential
  8. 4. From Analog to Digital (and Everything in Between)
    1. Digital Audio Interfaces
      1. Connections
      2. Internal versus External Audio Devices
      3. Internal Soundcards
        1. Creative Labs
          1. Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
          2. Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
          3. Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Series
        2. Echo Audio
          1. Echo MiaMIDI
          2. Echo Indigo IO
        3. M-Audio
          1. M-Audio Audiophile 2496
          2. M-Audio Audiophile 192
      4. External Soundcards
        1. American Audio Versaport
        2. Echo Audio AudioFire Series
        3. Ion Audio U Record
        4. M-Audio Transit
      5. Other External Devices
        1. BTO Plusdeck2c
        2. BTO PlusdeckEX
    2. Signal Flow
  9. 5. The Good, the Bad, and the Audibly Ugly
    1. What Exactly Is Audio Restoration?
    2. To Restore or Not to Restore… Yeah, It’s a Question
    3. Different Types of Noise
    4. Getting Acquainted with the Editing Environment
    5. How to Read a Waveform
    6. Basic Audio Restoration Techniques
      1. Initial Preparation
      2. Analysis
      3. Noise Reduction
        1. Common Ground
        2. Hum and Buzz (Fixed-Frequency Noise)
          1. Using Noise Profiles (Alternative Technique)
          2. Using Equalization on Fixed-Frequency Noise (Alternative Technique)
        3. Hiss and Broadband Noise
      4. Impulse Artifact Reduction
        1. Redrawing Waveforms (Alternative Technique)
    7. Software Tools for Audio Restoration
      1. Plug-Ins
  10. 6. Organized Chaos: Organizing Your Digital Music Library
    1. Hard Drives: The “External” Question?
      1. Hard Drive Specifications
      2. Desktop or Portable?
      3. Hard Drive Preparations
        1. What Is a File System?
        2. FAT32
        3. NTFS
    2. Options and Preferences
    3. A Word on File Organization
      1. Filenames and Nomenclatures
    4. What to Do with Your Old LPs, CDs, and Cassette Tapes
  11. 7. Putting the Pieces Together
    1. A Word on Music Management Software
    2. Options and Preferences (Part II)
      1. Library Location
      2. File Format
    3. The Order of Operations
    4. What to Expect
      1. Extra, Extra! Read All about It!: Keeping Current
      2. A Box Is Just a Box until You Open It and There’s Stuff Inside
      3. The First Date
      4. Second Base
      5. Sharing May Be Nice, but Protected Files Aren’t
      6. Sometimes You Have to Disconnect to Reconnect
    5. Do This, Don’t Do That: Best Practices for Successful Audio Adventures
      1. Dos
      2. Don’ts