USB record turntables

  the hick 08 Dec 10
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Myself and a pal have been thinking of buying one of these to transfer our LP collections to MP3 files and then CD's. Does anyone have any advice on any recommended make to go for, or avoid, and any other hints and tips please? Any help much appreciated, thank you.

  john bunyan 08 Dec 10

I did it without any extra kit. If you have a system that plays CD's that also has a headphone socket, you can plug this in to your PC's microphone in socket using a phono cable with a
You have to record in real time. I use Roxio Creator 2010, but i think Audacitymale plug at each end. (free) would do the job.

  john bunyan 08 Dec 10

.. with a male plug at each end... You..

  the hick 08 Dec 10

john bunyan, thanks for info, I didnt know this was possible. My sound system is early-80's, with later CD player, and has 'phones socket. I shall borrow a laptop, since my PC is in diff. room to sound. I presume, there is no risk of damage to the PC/laptop doing this?

  the hick 08 Dec 10

john bunyan, thanks for info, I didnt know this was possible. My sound system is early-80's, with later CD player, and has 'phones socket. I shall borrow a laptop, since my PC is in diff. room to sound. I presume, there is no risk of damage to the PC/laptop doing this?

  john bunyan 08 Dec 10

I have an '80's system (Technics).You need the pre amp as built in and a phono lead with a male at each end.I have a sound card (X Fi) so I set Roxio to capture sound as heard through speakers.It should also work if the motherboard has on board sound. I would have a look at the software - do you have any? If not try Audacity.I took my system to the desktop. I do the same with a cassette/ radio to capture cassette music.It should do no harm to the PC.

  john bunyan 08 Dec 10

Sorry - meant to say LP's , not Cd's as the latter are not what we were discussing. You can burn CD's later in audio format using Audacity or iTunes etc.I have more or less put all my LP's, CD's and cassettes on to MP3 and use an iPOd and dock (30 amp) to play so not sure why you would want to create CD's. Why not go the whole hog and forget Cd's - get someone to buy you an iPod and dock for Xmas!

  QuizMan 09 Dec 10

Not all USB turntables are Windows 7 compatible if that is your operating system so be careful if you go down that route.

I use a similar method to john bunyan. I have an old turntable connected to an amplifier. A lead runs form one of the amps' output sockets to the line in socket on my sound card. You will need software to capture the sound. I use Polderbits click here. I dare say there is free stuff around too, but Polderbits works well for me.

I bought the ION USB turntable when it was twice the price (£120) that it is now. That, in conjunction with the supplied (but also available as a free download) Audacity software did everything I needed.

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