Records to MP3 using HDMI connection

I have my record player running through my receivier (power, speakers etc). Can I record my records via a HDMI connection vice a USB one? I don’t have a USP port on my receiver.

Thank you

This may not be the best solution but there are [u]HDMI Video Capture Devices[/u] (for capturing audio & video). They come with their own software so you’d have to make an audio/video file (presumably with blank video) and then when you open the file in audacity and you’ll get just the audio. If you haven’t done so already, you’ll need to install the [u]FFmpeg Import/Export Library[/u] to decompress* whatever format is used in the A/V file.

Before you buy one of these make sure you can play the record through HDMI and your TV. (The receiver may not be converting the analog audio to HDMI.)

Just FYI - Most HDMI signals are copy protected so these devices won’t copy DVDs or Blu-Ray discs to your computer. I’m not sure about broadcast video.

If your receiver has “tape out” or “preamp out” you can record to line-in (blue) on a regular soundcard. (A headphone-output will also work into a line-input as long as you have the proper adapter cable.) If you have a laptop with no line-in you can get a USB audio interface with line inputs. The [u]Behringer UCA202[/u] is popular and inexpensive. Behringer makes a similar model with a switchable phono/line input for direct connection to a turntable with a magnetic cartridge. Or the [u]ART USB Phono Plus[/u] has phono & line inputs and a recording-level knob. Or there are lots of higher-end audio interfaces with switchable mic/line inputs.


  • It’s best to avoid lossy compression formats unless you want MP3 or AAC, and in that case you should compress ONCE as the LAST STEP after any processing/editing because “damage” from multiple generations of lossy compression can accumulate. (These audio/video capture devices usually limited format options and they are probably all lossy formats.)

I don’t have a USP port on my receiver.

It probably wouldn’t work anyway… Normally, a USB connection on a receiver is for playing files from a thumb drive… It’s a “USB controller” like a computer, not a “USB device” and it won’t interface with a computer. And normally you can’t record from the receiver to the thumb drive.


Records to MP3…

Audacity can make an MP3 but it doesn’t directly-record directly to MP3. Audacity records to a temporary uncompressed PCM format similar to a WAV file. (And it’s a good idea to export as WAV as a “back-up”" immediately after recording.) Then after editing (adjusting the levels, splitting into individual song-files, etc.) you can export to MP3 or other desired format.