What you need
To begin converting your vinyl collection to MP3, there are a few things you’ll need to have. First, you’ll need a PC or laptop that’s got a USB port, or the very least headphone/mic jack. For convenience sake, a laptop is preferable, as it’s easier to set up next to your vinyl player.
You’ll also need the right cables to connect your computer to your vinyl player. These cables will vary depending on the outputs of your vinyl player. More on that in a moment.
You’ll also need software on your computer that will record music from your vinyl player and save it as an MP3 or other digital music file. For this tutorial, we recommend Audacity, which is a free application that can be used to record audio and save it digitally. Although it’s free, it’s got some decent features that will help you split the tracks (rather than just having one long audio file per side of vinyl) as well as tidy up the recording by reducing crackles and other unwanted sounds.
Welcome to our guide on how to convert vinyl into MP3. There are many reasons why you’d want to digitize your vinyl collection and turn your LPs into MP3 files.
For a start, there’s the convenience of MP3. While nothing beats the feeling – and sound – of carefully taking out a vinyl album and placing it on a turntable, by having your collection in MP3 you can listen to it on the go, be it while driving or through your smartphone as you walk.
It’s also a great way of backing up your irreplaceable music, as it means you’re not risking scratching or damaging your precious vinyl every time you want to listen to a tune.
Also, while streaming services like Spotify have made listening to music easier than ever, they don’t always have rare tracks. If you’ve got an eclectic taste in music, with rare vinyl that’s yet to be made available on other mediums, then converting the music you have on vinyl will be the only way to listen to those tracks on mobile devices.