Spent much of the evening installing am old Hoontech sound card into one of my computers and attempting to hook up a turntable so I could digitally record some of my old LPs. …

Well, it's not right yet, and the chief problem is noise. It all serves to remind me that the very qualities that make analogue recordings sound warmer and fuller than digital representations, namely distortion and signal overtones, can also be a pain when they get out of hand. Way too much hum and hiss, partly mains in origin (it does not help to live in a house with 80 year wiring), and partly component (a cheap mixer) and partly wiring (a faulty RCA patch cord).

Nevermind. Another few evenings of playing, replacing components, and tweaking will get me there. I have been spoiled – digital seems so much easier these days. 🙂