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How to digitise your old vinyl records

Convert analogue audio and enjoy it all over again

Many of us have collections of vinyl tucked away in the loft - records we never listen to because we've packed away our old turntable and replaced it with a CD player or iPod. Here, we'll show you how to use your PC to bring them back to life.

Step 3. Connect your record or tape player to the mic-/line-in connector on your PC. Click the Record icon to bring up the Recording dialog box. Here you'll find the basic controls needed to start recording, along with an indicator that warns when the volume of the recording is too high or too low.

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Step 4. Start playing a song - but don't press Record just yet. You may find you need to use a pre-amp to boost the audio signal. If your music system is already using an amplifier, however, you should be able to adjust the recording level simply by turning the volume up or down.

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Step 5. Another option is to use your PC's own audio controls to adjust the recording level. Click Level Control in the Recording window to view the controls for your PC's audio hardware. We'll use our PC's line-in connector for this recording. Tick the Select box under Line In and adjust the level until the Recording window shows it as Optimal.

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Step 6. Before you start recording, click Advanced to display the full range of recording options. We're recording some 12in vinyl singles. Select Vinyl from the ‘Recording source' drop-down menu. If you want to record an album, there's a handy option to ‘Save automatically into individual files'.

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