We've discussed a number of steps to digitise your audio, but if you're looking to delve a bit deeper into ripping all that analogue media, technology weblog Tested takes you through the process start to finish.
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Whether you want to get the highest quality sound possible, or you just can't find that old, rare, live cut anywhere else, sometimes you have no other choice but to break out the old LP collection. Of course, ripping an LP to your computer isn't as easy as ripping a CD, especially if you want it to sound like it did the first day you bought it. Lots of your records are probably pretty old and have some wear and tear on them, causing them to click, pop and hiss — so you'll need to do a bit of work before they're ready to put on your iPod.
Tested takes you through the entire process using previously mentioned open-source audio editor Audacity, from hooking up the hardware to dialling down the noise to equalising it all out. They use a few tracks that they ripped themselves as examples, so you can hear what your files should sound like before and after each step in the process. Hit the link for the full walkthrough, and be sure to share your analogue audio-ripping tips in the comments.