set up is: signal is tape out from Krell preamp, to usb soundblaster, via belkin gold usb cable to new dell laptop running windows 7 64 bit
recording vinyl (basis gold debut turntable, Koetsu IV) into audacity 2.03. To allow multitasking, I record the vinyl onto the laptop, save the data, and transfer the aup file and data directory on my hardwire (cat 7 cable) network, onto a dell workstation, windows 7, 64 bit, 8 gig RAM.
I use the workstatoin to process the files (automatic followed by manual de-click), name the individual tracks and export to high quality flac files.
On two occasions, the flac files sounded like absolute garbage (JC River media center 18) - like on a bad transistor radio. The processed data files also sounded bad (in Audacity)
I then went back to the original files on the laptop - one sounded OK, the other sounded as bad as the others.
Concerning the laptop; there was no clipping, no reason i could see for a bad recording. when I recopied the viny - without changing any settings- sounded fine.
Any ideas what can cause a bad recording? (entire LP, both sides)
concering the workstation: are there are any sensitive points in the copying/processing/saving process that require sole use of the computer by audacity and during which I should refrain from multitasking?.
I also tried varying degrees of aggressiveness in click/pop removal - didnt seem to make a difference