What I do: I transfer vinyl LPs onto CD for a fee. I utilize vintage stereo equipment and capture the audio into 24Bit files. I then edit and dither the files down to 16Bit for audio CD mastering. I also archive the 24Bit source files for mastering High-Definition audio DVDs. The results are quite amazing.
For reference on what is wrong with CDs these days check out this article on Wikipedia
I do my best to avoid "clipping" while at the same time preserving the "punch" and vibrancy of the original audio. I do not employ any compression, equalization or other "psycho-acoustic" devices ... what you hear is what is on the record. I do some minimal editing for the occasional pop/click removal. The key to an excellent transfer is to get the LP properly clean first.
The tracks in this collection were transferred from vinyl of various stages of quality, let's say Good to Very Good to Near Mint. None were from "Mint / Unopened" LPs and yet the sound on some certainly blows away the commercially available audio CD counterparts. These audio files were extracted from finished audio CDs I made using the above mastering process. See what you think. If you like what you hear and would like to have this service provided to you as well, drop me a line at
I've had a number of people inquire if they can purchase any of the out of print transfers I've done. For this purpose I have set up a storefront at gemm.com. Browse my ever growing catalog of very rare / hard to find recordings beautifully mastered to audio cd.
Also, some people were having issues with the "overburning" required of the previous posting. For that reason I have eliminated what I felt was the most disposable track, bringing the total time of the disc well into the less than 79 minute range. Enjoy.
Title: Vinyl Countdown Sampler March 2008 v2.0
01 - Triumvirat - The Capital Of Power
02 - Triumvirat - The School Of Instant Pain
03 - Red Rider - Don't Fight It
04 - Dixie Dregs - I'll Just Pick
05 - Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Krisco Kisses
06 - John Cougar Mellencamp - Rain On The Scarecrow
07 - U2 - New Year's Day
08 - Kansas - People Of The South Wind
09 - Autograph - Six String Fever
10 - Outfield - Your Love
11 - Police - Walking In Your Footsteps
12 - Emerson Lake And Palmer - From The Beginning
13 - Lindsey Buckingham - Trouble
14 - Glenn Frey - Sea Cruise
15 - Chet Atkins - Blackjack
16 - Jack Teagarden - If I Could Be With You
17 - Robert Goulet - All I Do Is Dream Of You
18 - Enoch Light - Once In Love With Amy
19 - Terry Snyder And The All Stars - The Breeze And I
20 - Enoch Light - I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan
21 - Frank Zappa - We Are Not Alone