vrijdag 21 december 2012

In 3 steps from the old vinyl to digital

Before the digital revolution the type writer was your word processor, and the record player was your music center. What to do with your collection of big black disks? Throw them away, keep your record player, or buy new CD's? These options don't work for me as I am much attached to the old records and the memories that accompanies them. So digitize the whole collection. But how? Because after digitalizing, you need to store them and want play them over your amplifier and Dolby surround system in the den.
Published Memeburn: http://memeburn.com/2013/01/5-steps-to-digitizing-your-old-vinyl-collection/

Personal cloud
Digitalizing records is easy with Ion Duo Deck; it is a turntable and a cassette deck, and has a small build-in speaker. The Duo Deck uses USB for connecting to a Windows computer and to get power. The output is an mp3 format and is stored in the ITunes folder on the computer. The good thing during digitalizing is that each track on the record is automatically translated into a separate mp3.
You don't want all these audio files on your computer; you'll buy a NAS (Network Attached Storage) for audio, video and photographs or computer back ups. The Western Digital My book Live is a good choice and available with 1, 2 or 3 TB(terrabyte) storage. Power up the NAS and connected it to your LAN router. A small piece of software helps you to find and install the NAS in your network. The web page of My Book Live on your network gives you admin rights to control settings, your various shares and the access to them.
Now you have a personal cloud. From any computer in the house, music, photo's or video can be accessed, either wireless or wired; depending on your router. Of course you want to listen or watch from your phone or tablet too; Western Digital has created two apps, one for audio en video named WD2go and one for pictures, called WD photos.
Internet TV
I don't want to sit on the couch with a computer or tablet to listen to music or watch a video; I want it on my wide flat screen TV and listen to Dolby surround audio system. The solution is simple, connect your TV to the LAN and the Internet, so you have a connection to your NAS from the TV. And next take the audio from your TV and plug it into your audio system. Western Digital TV live will do the trick. When you powered it on and connect the small box with a HDMI cable to your TV, your TV will be wireless connected to the your network and the Internet. It has a build-in menu to access video and audio and photos stored on your NAS. The extra is that you have Internet services running on your TV as well; watching YouTube on TV for example is fun. Controlling your TV live box works with a remote, to select and start your audio or video. Of course there is an app for your phone or tablet; WD Remote controls your box nice and easy. Typing, for example when searching the YouTube service, is a pain in the ass on the remote. Take a keyboard and plug it into the USB connection of the box. Setting up the box can be done from a web page running on local network.
You can buy the whole system for around $300, and setting it up is less than an hour work. But digitalizing the old records is not. Not only that you have to play them, but also you have type in name of the artist and name of the songs. However it is worth it, the sound is good and it is fun to go back in the history of music. Finally this also makes clear that the battle over what will be the main device in the living room, computer or TV, has not ended yet.

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