Any reccomendations for a good quality soundcard to connect an old turntable to my PC? I have lots of stuff on vinyl that I'd like to convert to MP3 but I don't want to spend a fortune (i.e. X-Fi Elite Pro) doing it
I have an Audigy2 Platinum. Do you suggest that the on-board sound card of my mobo is better? Because when I connected the turntable to the Audigy card it was almost inaudible: Extremely low volume and too much hiss. I was under the impression that an amplifier was needed (or a sound card with built-in amp like the X-Fi Elite Pro) and that any common sound card was not enough
Your audigy 2 is a great card for recording, that is not your problem here...
Record decks usually have a moving coil or magnet cartridge, these give out a really low (<5mV) signal which is heavily biassed towards high frequency sound, as these are much harder to recreate with volume on vinyl. This needs to go through a special pre-amplifier which filters the sound back to its normal shape and amplifies it upto line level.
You could record using the mic in then use Audition (CoolEdit) or something similar to filter it back to normal, but you will get much better quality using something with a dedicated pre-amp (phono stage), you probably already have a hi-fi amp with one of these? Or you can get little dedicated phono amplifiers for about £$ 20 upwards, or ofcourse DJ mixers.
Anyhow, I'd recommend using a decent quality hi-fi amp with a phono stage, then wire the tape (record) out to the line-in on the sound card, with a decent interconnect. As long as your cartstylus are ok quality you should get very good sound.