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    I recently purchased a Presonus Audiobox 96 USB audio interface to replace the M-Audio Fast Track Pro I was using before they stopped supporting it (and I got sick of it causing Win10 to crash all the time). I attempted to capture straight from the preamp, only to find that it's not set up to record line sources without some kind of attenuation (they require a DI box), so I also ordered custom audio cables that are made to match the required capacitance and impedance for my cartridge, so I am finally ready to take the plunge into preamp-less vinyl ripping.

    I have a couple questions first:

    1. Should I used the same rule of setting the recording levels no higher than -12dB;
    2. What is the general workflow I should be observing? Currently I'm doing click removal, followed by normalization, CNF, placing markers and converting from 24/96 to 24/48 for importing into my MP3 encoding program. Will my workflow for the new method be similar?

  • #2
    Hi,

    I usually set the levels to peak out at around -10 dB so -12 dB is probably fine.

    My Workflow: Flat Transfer at 96 kHz and 16 bits. Use the Virtual Phono Preamp to apply the correct curve. Now, use the EZ Impulse filter to remove the clicks. Sometimes I use two passes to get a more effective result. Any that are left over, I use the manual interpolate (I-Key) to remove those. Next, convert to 44.1 kHz and then run the CNF per the normal process. Last, apply any enhancements that you desire to the sound. I hope that helps.

    Craig
    "Who put orange juice in my orange juice?" - - - William Claude Dukenfield

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    • #3
      It most definitely does. Thank you very much. It's also given me some ideas on how to handle my workflow with my current preamp until the cables arrive.

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      • #4
        Is the preamp you are using a flat one? Use of a flat preamp is the best way to go.

        Craig
        "Who put orange juice in my orange juice?" - - - William Claude Dukenfield

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        • #5
          No, it’s a U-Turn Pluto.

          So far I’ve been using the virtual preamp approach, and I’ve noticed a definite difference. I wouldn’t call the bass on the Pluto flabby, but it’s definitely tighter with the VP method. The high end seems to be better as well, since the Pluto only goes up to 100uf capacitance, and the cables are 200uf. All in all, I’m definitely liking it

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          • #6
            It's unclear what you are doing. I am not familiar with a U-Turn Pluto preamp. Is it RIAA? If so, then it is imperative that you check the VPP box under Preamp Hardware Type / check the standard RIAA Preamp box, and then you can apply whatever curve you desire (look under the presets to see the entire list). If the U-Turn Pluto is a flat preamp, then you must check the Flat Preamp checkbox. Using the wrong type of preamp with the wrong VPP hardware checkbox will result in weird results. Please tell us more about the U-Turn Pluto Preamp.

            Craig
            "Who put orange juice in my orange juice?" - - - William Claude Dukenfield

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            • #7
              I just looked up the U-Turn Pluto preamp on the internet and it is an RIAA type, not a flat type. It has 100 pF input capacitance and 47,000 Ohms termination resistance. With this preamp, you must check-box the Virtual Phono Preamp Hardware type as Standard RIAA Preamp. Otherwise, (generally speaking) the bass will be muddy and the highs will be muted.

              Craig
              "Who put orange juice in my orange juice?" - - - William Claude Dukenfield

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