How to Connect a Record Player to an Audio Interface (Answered and Explained)

By Bob •  Updated: 05/11/21 •  7 min read

In this post, we will show you how easy it is to connect your record player and audio interface.

Most audio interfaces only have a 1/4 inch cable input, meaning you will need some adapters. You can buy these at any audio store, but you can grab one online here!

The first thing you want to do is get all of the materials together and make sure your interface’s power cords are plugged in securely.

The next step will depend on what type of connector you have coming out from your record player (RCA or XLR) – look below for more information about how each one connects:

– RCA = Plug an RCE cable into both input jacks labeled “IN” on the back panel > Connect other ends of RCN cable to the PHONES jack on the front panel OR connect other ends directly into interface’s PHONES jack.

– XLR = Plug a TRS cable into both input jacks labeled “IN” on back panel > Connect other ends of TRN cable to LINE INPUT JACK on front panel OR connect other ends directly into interface’s LINE INPUT JACK.

Now you’re ready to play your Record!

When you are finished playing, make sure that you turn off your audio device first, followed by turning off any power supplies (i.e., batteries) before unplugging anything from the outlets.

Why should you use an audio interface to connect your turntable to your laptop?

Audio interfaces are designed to convert the analog signal from your turntable into a digital signal used by your computer. 

This means you’ll get better sound quality, and it will take less time for you to transfer files. It also gives you more options as far as how exactly they can connect.

For example, if you have a mix of records and cassettes, or if your record player has multiple outputs like stereo left/right (or mono), dual RCA jacks, or even just one single wire with both red and white wires in it – which is standard on many vintage units – you’ll be able to capture the sound in its purest form.

Audio interfaces will also allow you to take advantage of your computer software like DAWs (digital audio workstations), which have a whole host of additional editing options and effects that are not available on turntables alone, such as pitch correction, time-stretching, and more.

In short, connecting a record player to an audio interface is the best way to ensure that you’ll be able to leverage whatever options are available on your specific device. 

That includes everything from making sure there’s no hissing or pops in playback as well as being able to use software-based editing and mastering tools when you need to.

Connecting your record player to an audio interface

Most interfaces come with at least one stereo LINE INPUT jack (i.e., two mono inputs), so there will be a way to use both channels of the record player using this method:

Connect one end of the cable into each channel’s corresponding OUTPUT L-R.

Otherwise, only use one JACK and set up its LEVEL control accordingly when adjusting volume levels between tracks during playback.

Here, the idea is to use a stereo channel on the interface as your LINE-IN and then record audio in mono.

If you have an extra input available (i.e., two inputs), make sure that one is set up for MONO INPUT:

Connect one end of the cable into each channel’s corresponding OUTPUT L-R. This will allow both channels to be recorded using this method:

Set up LEVEL controls accordingly when adjusting volume levels between tracks during playback or recording if possible with separate level adjustments on each track; otherwise, adjust the overall volume at desired output point and monitor amp/volume meters while playing back.

How do I connect my turntable to Scarlett 2i2?

First, connect the turntable to any RCA input on your audio interface.

Connect a male/female cable from the aux output of the Scarlett Interface into an aux input on another device such as a laptop or speaker system to hear music through that other device while recording it using software running on your computer.

Plug your headphones into one side of a stereo mini-jack and insert them into Scarlet’s front-panel headphone port (#amazing).

If you have two speakers connected to your interface, use this step instead: plug both ends of an RCA Y Adapter Cable (male) into outputs #L+R and #L+M, respectively; then plug L&M cables into inputs of speakers.

Open your audio recording software and make sure that it is set to record from the input you are using (e.g., “Microphone” or “Line In”).

Click Record once to start, then click Play on the turntable.

The speed at which you play records will determine how fast they sound when played back through another device connected to Scarlett via aux out, so check with your system in advance if this matters for what you are doing.

What is the best audio interface for recording vinyl?

The best audio interface for a record player is the one that has a phono input like this one.

Before you do any recording, it’s important to check your audio interface to see if it is compatible with vinyl records. If not, then there are some other options for connecting a record player and an audio interface.

Connect via USB cable **Note: this will only work when in playback mode on the record player; note that most modern interfaces don’t have this option

Use external speakers with a built-in amplifier (not recommended)

Connecting through auxiliary cables (may be possible depending on the model of a record player).

This is, by far, however, the least smooth connection method due to how much static can come from these connections and also because turning down volume reduces high-end clarity.

Connecting through a mixer (best connection method, but not always possible depending on the size of your record player).

This is where external speakers with a built-in amplifier may be helpful if you are mixing audio and vocals from multiple sources at once

The final step for connecting equipment would be configuring settings like volume levels.

Ensure input sensitivity is set high enough so that it records all aspects of sound coming out of the needle hitting vinyl’s surface–this can lead to better overall results!

Remember that turning up the output level too high will result in distortion or clipping sounds–so monitor the level and make sure it’s not in the red.

How do I record vinyl on my laptop using the software?

The best way to record vinyl on your laptop is by using software that has been made explicitly for this purpose.

For example, you may consider buying Ableton Live or Magix Samplitude Pro X (both are available in standard and pro versions).

Other options would be programs like Audacity with its built-in recording feature and Reaper, which does not come bundled with any kind of recorder but features various plugins one can buy separately from third parties.

These solutions will give you access to all kinds of different effects such as equalizers, compressors, noise gates, and more. 

Note that you will need a soundcard compatible with the software to correctly record vinyl on your laptop.