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    Hi everybody,

    I'm heading back to Santo Domingo in a week or so to visit my host family (I went there for a year with AFS 4 or 5 years ago, so I am quite familiar with the country...) and I was wondering if there were still records to be found in the DR. I couldn't find any useful info online about any sort of recordstores or warehouses. I guess I'll hit the radios and ask them, but here I am now on this forum, so why not post?

    Thanks,
    Xavier. (from Belgium)

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    A little precision:

    I'm looking for any kind of music (from the 50's to now, latin, jazz, rock, reggae, hiphop, soundtracks, everything...), as long as it's affordable

    thanks again.


    PS: I hope I did chose the right Sub-Forum for this post (If not, sorry moderator

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    I did AFS ten years ago in Venezuela.
    What did you think of the program in the DR?

    Sorry, I know nothing of vinyl records.

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    Funky Abuelo,

    While you're on the subject, how about relating to us some of your techniques and experiences in transferring vinyl to computer disk?

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    Yep,

    Not much time, so I'll be quick:
    For the LP to Cd, it's quite easy. I'm not a engineer so i'll tell what i've set up. First you need a computer with a soundcard (almost any soundcard fits, unless you're an audiophile or soundquality freak) and a basic sampling program (CoolEdit is the easiest; you can download it from their website (demo) or download the full version via Kazaa).
    OK, now you plugged your turntable into your soundcard, you press record (in CoolEdit). After this you burn those wav-files onto CD, & the job is done!

    Otherwise, I had a wonderful experience in the DR with AFS. I must say the AFS office was not always very helpful, but my hostfamily was so great (it's still the case ) that it didn't bother... I'd say: GO TO DR AND HAVE FUN. This year was the craziest in my life (it's still crazy now, but not as heavy as back then!)

    So nobody for the records? Any info, adress, any dominican site? (I've searched it all out, you're my last hope )

    thanks to all contributors,

    Xavier.

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    Thanks for the feedback Funky Abuelo.

    Since recording other media to a computer is very much labor intensive, a few tips can be very useful - much better than having to learn it all the hard way.

    I've done quite a bit of such recording, but not from vinyl. I've been dissuaded by questions like:

    1) Does my turntable still work or do I need a state-of-the art one (is there such a thing)?

    2) Is the audio output level appropriate for being the input to a computer sound card?

    3) How do I suppress the needle noise?

    I also wonder if an external software program is needed. Recording from satellite tv/radio I have had very good luck using windows utilities. An external program might even get in the way. On the other hand, the management of file names, recording levels, start/stop times, etc., might be welcome.

    Also, windows can record/compress the audio to either wav or windows media format, with no license needed to play it back (unlike ripped CD's). Since wav files are so bulky, that feature can be very useful.

    By the way, lately I've had trouble finding a good program to compress wav to wma or mp3. I used to use zlurp (at zlurp.com), but have had trouble for reasons unknown. Does Cooledit have a utility for doing that? Will it also rip CD's? Will it normalize the sound level?

    Thanks for any tips! If this is further than you wanted to go, I understand, in which case maybe someone else would like to contribute.

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    While people are on windows technical issues, maybe someone can enlighten me?

    I have a SONY digiatl 6 Video Cam. I am using Windows XP home. Is there a program nativeto Windows where I can simply "plug the camera in" and record to my hard drive and or directly to a CD?

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    Program, yes (moviemaker, for example), but you probably don't have the necessary hardware - a video capture card. The card would also come with a program, probably better than moviemaker.

    The video capture card should probably be firewire (IEEE1394) rather than USB and can be bought for $40-50, COMPLETE WITH CABLE. This latter point is vital because the cable itself can cost that much if bought separately.

    My favorite vendor for multimedia is ATI. They are into every aspect of it and sticking to them minimizes compatibility problems with future upgrades.

    By the way, when you start transferring the video to your hard drive, you'll find that it uses up a tremendous amount of storage - about 20 gig for 1 dv tape. Therefore, compress the video. This can reduce it to at least 1/3 of the original size with very little noticeable difference. Also, NEVER re-use the origina DV tapes, but keep them for the archives. The cost is almost negligible.

    Also, I'm not familiar with your camcorder, but am assuming it to be DV. If it is analog, it will be harder, but I won't go into that now.

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    Wow - are the readers of this board so sophisticated that they already know everything they need to about this subject?

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    Hey Andy,

    Here's a link that might enlighten you some more:

    http://www.napathon.com/LPtoCD.asp

    Some time ago I found a page on the syntrillium.com site (home of CoolEdit) that explained all in details with pictures, real easy... but as you said, it's still the hard way you'll have to learn to get it as you like Or maybe you might send me your LPs & I send you the CDs back?

    I can't help you a lot much, because my setup is probably a little different than yours (my turntables are plugged into the mixer, which is the connected to the computer).

    BTW nice post hijack, real smooth but I'm still looking for answers to my query!

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