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I am looking for a sound card

I just recently bought a Sony turntable that lets you record music from vinyl, onto the computer. I have tried using Sony SoundForge Audio Studio and all the tools it has to try and restore the audio to stereo quality but it always comes out airy sounding and full of crackles and pops (more than what i hear when I play it on the stereo. If you'd like I can even send you a song i recorded to show you what I mean).
It looks like if I'm going to restore the audio to stereo quality I am going to need what the help section calls a sound card, and a phono preamplifier.
I have looked up numerous versions of these on Amazon, but I'm not sure if any of these will fit my turntable and computer. I'm using an HP Pavilion s5510f PC with Windows 7, and the turntable is a Sony PS-LX300 model.
Does anyone have any suggestions, any good sound cards or phono preamps that can help me with this?

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Re: I am looking for a sound card

As far as I can tell, that turntable has a direct USB connection to the computer, so you don't need a separate preamplifier or sound card.

You could try cleaning the records more carefully and thoroughly. And make sure there's no dust on the needle. I use a carbon fiber brush every time before playing. Wipe the brush afterwards on a black t-shirt and you'll see how much dust it removed.
http://www.amazon.com/AudioQuest-Anti-Static-record-cleaner-brush/dp/B 0006VMBHI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1321225132& sr=1-1
Similar if not identical brushes are sold under various brand names; mine came from Radio Shack.

Stylus cleaning (Mr. Clean Magic Eraser!):
http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/archive/index.php/t-207189.html

If you have access to a better quality turntable, the "ART V2 USB Phono Plus DJ Preamp" looks like an excellent choice. Unlike many USB audio adapters, it has a gain control so you can adjust the input levels properly. It has the necessary phono preamp built-in, and can record line level audio, like from a cassette deck.
http://www.amazon.com/ART-USB-Phono-Plus-Preamp/dp/B000BBGCCI/ref=sr_1 _cc_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1321225478&sr=1-1-catcorr

Re: I am looking for a sound card

I thought I wouldn't need one neither dangus but it looks like I'm going to because it's supposed to come in sounding clean since I'm using a line level output, but the music is coming in all airy and drum beats sound like white noise off the radio. I can even send you Farewell to Kings by Rush off the original vinyl to see what I mean, though Im about to just say forget it and go buy it on CD

***METAL FREAK***

Re: I am looking for a sound card

Do you know anyone who's an audiophile and computer expert? (Probably not, if you're asking here, but...) It's slightly possible that the needle is broken, for instance. Do you have a stereo receiver with a phono input? Can you get acceptable sound by hooking the turntable up to it?

If you own the vinyl version, it's arguable that there's nothing wrong with downloading a lossless version from someplace. Google the album name and flac or lossless and see what the internet coughs up. On the other hand, a good vinyl rip may sound better than the CD version. On the other other hand, vinyl may sound "better" because of compression and 2nd harmonic distortion introduced in the mastering process, which is not actually faithful to the original intent of the recording engineer.

Re: I am looking for a sound card

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Re: I am looking for a sound card

Hey mate :) I had the same trouble that u r having. I had to buy myself a new sound card because the onboard driver was not up to the task. Works fine now though. Best $80 i ever spent lol. Im a music producer myself, so i knw what its like when your hardware fails you :(







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