I am in the process of doing the same kind of vinyl-to-CD transfer, as well. One of the things I have found helpful is a “pop-fix” program, to help clean up the much-abused vinyl from a few of my collection. The software looks for the waveshape of a “pop”, cuts it out, and splices in content from the surrounding soundtrack so that the edit isn’t obvious. Threshholds are variable, if you feel the software is editing out more than it should.
My preferred software is Goldwave, which I paid for because it had so many capabilities - recording, editing, volume adjustment, fade in and out, pop and hiss filters, and a bunch of stuff I haven’t even used yet. It is available for testing as shareware, but the recording time is limited unless you pay for it. You can save the files as WAV, MP3 or several other formats.