"The Ripper" Installation and Setup Page
The Ripper is essentially a driverless plug-and-play piece of hardware. However, given the complexity and flexibility of computer operating systems and software, even a simple installation may require dialog box choices. These instructions cover basic installation in Windows XP and Mac OS-X. Enhancements are given for both Audicity and Foobar2000. These were chosen as examples because they were free, high performance, easy to use, professionally supported, and relatively bug-free.
The first step is to connect a turntable with a moving magnet (high output) cartridge to the inputs of The Ripper. Plug in some headphones for monitoring, or connect the line level outputs to your audio system. Plug in the power cord. The leftmost LED should light up. There is no power switch as The Ripper draws less than 2 watts at idle. The phono section is always on when plugged in. The USB interface is powered separately through the USB port.
Now we test out basic digital playback and USB operation. Plug in the USB cable between The Ripper and your music computer.
Try and play a WAV or MP3 music file already on your computer. If you don't have one, click on this song. By default, Windows Media Player should load and play the song. It should be playing through The Ripper. If not, check to insure volume slider is at 100% and not muted.
The CD should start playing automatically through The Ripper. Remove it. Now let's try recording something.
The gain control on the front of The Ripper sets the recording level. You can go back and try it again for better results. By clicking on File -> Properties -> Convert Now you can save the file to MP3 format. But don't bother. The point is we have confirmed all of the functions of The Ripper are operating properly.
Go to the Audicity website and download the Windows version. You also might want their MP3 format converter plug-in.
You just recorded your first LP at high quality.
Now that we've recorded our songs. Let's focus on high performance playback. This is done by using ASIO (audio stream, input / output), a transfer protocol that bypass the Windows kmixer. It was developed for low latency and bit-accurate audio quality. We start by installing a more flexible media player, Foobar. Go to the Foobar2000 website and download the installer.
This is normal Foobar. Now lets soup it up a little with ASIO. To do that, we need the ASIO4ALL wrapper. Close Foobar. Go to the ASIO4ALL web site and download the program.
Ok, now go back to the Foobar2000 website and click on Optional Components. Click on the ASIO Support link to download the ASIO driver. Save to your hard drive. This is a ZIP file. You might need to download and install an unzipper. I recommend WinZip.
Foobar is now setup for optimal playback via The Ripper. Have fun! Check out Foobar's other enhancements such as codecs and skins.
Mac setup is similar but with fewer headaches. iTunes works fine for playback. GarageBand might be good for recording, but we'll use Audacity as out example. To install The Ripper,
That's it for system setup. For recording an LP, go to the Audicity website and download the Mac version.
You can now playback the music file from iTunes. No optimization or ASIO type tricks are needed on a Mac. There is also a Sound Recorder program that seems to be stock, but ignore it. Like the Windows version, it's for storing voice notes, note music. I tried GarageBand. It works fine, and sounds pretty darn good.
Macs are so easy to work on!