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If you’re the type of audiophile who has one vinyl record resting on a turntable as you read this, you’re probably the type who has an additional hundred or even thousands of records sitting on shelves somewhere too. People who listen to music on vinyl are the pinnacle “collector” and have access to an audio archive that very likely does not exist in digital format. Yet.

Meet the Vinyl Digitizer Phono Preamp. When combined with an external USB sound card and open-source audio software, it will optimize your analog vinyl for digital archive and playback. Learn about the RIAA playback curve and increase the longevity of your collection while simultaneously transferring your favorite tunes to digital format. You can then access your audio archive from wherever you are over your preferred streaming service, turning that heavy vinyl into an almost ethereal enjoyment of sound.

Watch the how-to video with Eric Weinhoffer, and if you design your own enclosure or mod the project in any way be sure to send us a story about your experiences.


CHALLENGE: While you’re at it, try building the Sing-a-long Song Devocalizer to strip vocals out of tunes and hear their instrumental version. It’s great for homemade karaoke tracks!

Nick Normal

Nick Normal

I’m an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!


  • WingDQ

    Seriously? Any audiophile would already have a phono preamp that has an RIAA equalization built in. If someone wants to build a high quality phono preamp, there are tons of supposingly great sounding audiophile DIY schematics and kits out there. For good sounding audio interfaces, you can go from the consumer level Focusrites all the way to high end Lavry DACs.

  • Ross Hershberger

    Addressing WingDQ’s concerns: Standard phono preamps have a line out voltage that’s about 20dB too high for the line input of a computer, causing overload clipping unless the volume is severely attenuated. This preamp design is optimized with lower gain to interface well with a computer line input, giving low noise, good dynamic range and a usable range of volume control on the recording software.

  • thegeek

    A lot of modern turntables (especially the ones aimed at DJs) already have a pre-amp built in and/or a s/pdif digital out. Getting the audio into a computer is the easy part. The hours and hours it takes to encode all the records is the hard part.