the "simplest" ways I can convert vinyl records to MP3s

Hi Gloria,

You can connect your fathers turn table and receiver straight to your computer by using the pre-amp output of the receiver to the mic input of your soundcard using an RCA to 3.5mm stereo pin connector which you can get at Walmart or Radio Shack for around $10. Best Buy also carries it but not sure of the price. And Audacity is a good option, especially for being freeware!! But it does have a bit of a learning curve. Not to mention that you have to split the tracks up afterwards and tag them.

For a simpler way, although a bit more costly, you can go with a product by a company called DAK Industries. Their products automatically split the tracks, clean them up and tags (labels) them. You can get the full gambit with turn table, D/A converter and software, or just the converter and software, or just the software. Depending on your needs. The website is http://www.dak.com/Reviews/2020Story.cfm .

Either way, it's easier than most people realize! Hope this helps!!