Finally got around to ordering Griffin’s turntable interface for Final Vinyl. I had used FV before to grab some stuff off the tape deck, but now I’m grabbing stuff from the 1200, which is really weird. The first album I converted to mp3 was some tracks from The Best of Buffy Sainte-Marie. I don’t mind hearing the record static on that album at all. Just keeps the 60’s vibe. It is really weird hearing record sounds on an iPod, though, I must admit.
I converted some Mick Karn and Japan stuff after that, which was cool, but I’m realizing I need to pick up Quiet Life on CD. That’s got to be my favorite album of theirs. It would be cool to hear it all quiet for once, ironically I suppose. Actually the first Japan tune I grabbed was “Suburban Love” which I had listened to not that long ago and realized how much it sounds like the kind of stuff that Ryan’s been into the past year or so. The whole instrumental breakdown part is tres “Summertime” and “Peace Love & Happiness” and hence “Sandcastles.”
Anyway, the converter is pretty cool. There’s a little hum, but unless the music is super quiet, you don’t notice it much. It still beats having to buy everything in my extensive record collection over again in CD format. And now I have a great excuse to listen to some old records I haven’t checked out in awhile, to decide what I really do want in digital format.