RIAA phono eq curve

suemac at empire.net suemac at empire.net
Thu Mar 19 13:16:53 GMT 2009

For reference purposes:

The calculations for the curve:


I suppose I'd consider the gain, dynamic range, etc. of the non-RIAA pre
you're going to use and possibly the effect of the input impedance
(cartridge to input) on SNR.

Of course, a lot depends on the condition of the vinyl you've got.

Decent inexpensive RIAA pre's are available.

I use a kit that I got from years agao from...I think PAiA.

Most audiophile gear from the 1970's, 1980's had pretty good phono pre's as

Original Message:
From: Sean Corbett seanbutnotheard at gmail.com
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2009 08:56:36 -0400
To: ubuntu-studio-users at lists.ubuntu.com, phil at magnustudios.com
Subject: Re: RIAA phono eq curve

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> From: Phil <phil at magnustudios.com>
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> Hey,
> I've got a large collection of vinyl records I need to record onto CD, or
> some other digital format. I've got a stereo with phono inputs, so I could
> use that for the preamp, but I'd rather take the phono player directly
> my firebox and correct the EQ digitally.
> I've done a bit of research on what I need to do. I need a really accurate
> diagram of the RIAA phono curve. The best I've found so far is the one at
> wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:RIAA-EQ-Curve.svg . It's only
> got the markings for 20, 1000, and 20000 Hz. I guess it's got to be a
> logarhythmic graph so I should be able to use it to acurately find the
> frequency levels.
> What I'm hoping for is that someone has already done this and has made a
> preset for a ladspa plugin, or for jamin. Does anyone know of this?
> If not, I'll make mine publicly available when I do it.
> Thanks,
> Phil
> phil at magnustudios.com

Audacity has the RIAA curve built in... Just record your vinyl, select
the whole recording, and go to Effect>Equalization... and select
'RIAA' from the 'Select Curve' dropdown at the bottom.  I've never
done this myself though, so I can't vouch for its accuracy.

Sean Corbett


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