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How do you like the EQ curves on other/older vinyl?
Just curious, why bother to go to all the trouble to get a vinyl setup correct if you are just going to digitize it?
I don't think a step-up transformer will do it.
JDubs,Jim,Do you think the Pure Vinyl software would work in a 'Hackintosh' model?After putting out the cash for a laptop last year, and two desktops, I really don't want to go out and buyanother laptop or Mini.Lyndon
It drives me nuts that this is Mac only...
It comes down to support... windows is harder to program (to a large extent because the UI can be built without running a line of code), and it is way easier to support the end user, largely because the Mac is much more consistant. AFAIK channld is just 1 guy.dave
I've really wondered the same thing JDUBS, whether the "damage" done in the RIAA circuitry in a preamp is worse than the "damage" done in ADC-DAC conversion with RIAA done in the digital domain. I wonder if the day will arrive when the answer is yes. I wonder if that day has arrived? It definitely makes sense for digitizing vinyl for recording purposes, but I wonder if it is/will be better than going through a good phono pre.
I don't see any reason it wouldn't work on a Hackintosh - the PV software is available as a free demo download, so you can try it out and experiment. I'm totally Mac based, so I haven't looked for any PC programs with similar features - my system is a 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 Gigs of RAM. The PV software doesn't require a lot of horsepower or memory - but can use it if you decide to use certain features. For example if you are using Hi-Rez files and want to use the memory play function where the music is buffered to RAM, you would want a fair amount of RAM. Or if you choose to run Plug-Ins like the ARC room correction software I'm trying out, then that will have a much bigger draw on the CPU, especially at higher sampling rates. As far as the ADC/DAC interface, they run the full range from cheap to expensive, and if you're using it as a phono pre, the quality of the mic preamps is probably more important than getting a higher sample rate. My price point was right around $300 and the Focusrite seemed to be the best sonically, but a little buggy, with so-so software. Another thing to be aware of is that for a lot of the interfaces, when you use higher sampling rates you lose features/flexibility, depending on what you are trying to accomplish it may or may not impact you.Just using the PV software as a straight phono pre-amp, it sounds very good to me, very detailed without sounding harsh. It doesn't sound "digital", even though to achieve what it is doing there is an extra ADC/DAC in the signal path. Others with more resolving systems may prefer to just stay analog all the way.Jim CJim C
Dave, I hear you on the support issue. I have to imagine that time required for support would need to AT LEAST double if a Windows version would be released - not easy if it is just one guy.
It comes down to support... windows is harder to program (to a large extent because the UI can be built without running a line of code), and it is way easier to support the end user, largely because the Mac is much more consistant.
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