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American Audio and Audio-Technica Make it Easy to Digitize LPs

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Category: Hardware Published on Sunday, 01 March 2009

Remember Vinyl????????

Michael L. Berman's Blog
www.scrippsnews.com
June 18
, 2008

Two manufacturers of quality turntables want to give you a link to the past by making it easy for you to convert those old, dusty vinyl records to digital files.

American Audio and Audio-Technica, both well known to audiophiles and DJs, have hit the market with turntables that will have you spinning and grinning as you effortlessly preserve those old recordings and store them on your computer or other device.

The TT Record from American Audio ($279.95) is the easiest to use of the duo. It records directly to an SD card, which means you don't need to have it connected to your computer or any other device.

There's also no software to install or learn. Simply insert the SD card into the memory card slot on your computer, boot up Microsoft Media Center or Real Player and - - - voila - - - you're back in the past. Or you can insert the card into the memory card slot on your MP3 player (sorry iPodittes, it only records MP3 files).

Other key features include:

  • It records at 128 kilobytes per second, but that is easily upgraded to 192 or 256 by downloading a file from the company's Web site.
  • You can create track breaks for mixes by turning on and turning off the record button.
  • It plays and records 33 and a third and 45 RPM records.
  • It only weighs nine pounds, so it's easily transportable.
  • It has Switchable voltage: 115V/60Hz or 230V/50Hz.
  • It comes with a slip mat, cartridge and needle.

The Audio-Technica AT-LP2D-USB recording system ($229) is a bit more sophisticated and connects directly to the USB port on your computer.

The LP2D uses Cakewalk software to convert your records to digital files, which means there's a bit of a learning curve here. But, as with all Cakewalk products, the software is very easy to use and you'll be recording your old tunes in a matter of minutes.

Once the turntable is connected, you just play your records and they're transformed into digital audio files and stored on your PC. It also records to several digital formats - - - MP3, WMA, WAV, etc - - - and comes with Cakewalk and Pyro3 for PCs and Audacity for Macs.

Other key features include:

  • A built-in switchable stereo phono/line level pre-amplifier that permits use of the turntable with stereo systems having either magnetic-phono inputs or “AUX” (line-level) inputs; also allows convenient use of turntable with most powered speakers.
  • Its fully automatic operation keeps LPs scratch free.
  • Two speeds: 33 1/3 rpm and 45 rpm.
  • Its professional aluminum platter stabilizes records for the best-sounding playback.
  • A balanced tone arm with soft damping control.
  • An Integral Audio-Technica Dual Magnet™ phono cartridge with replaceable diamond stylus.

Get more information on either of these by going to the companies' Web sites at www.americanaudio.us and www.audio-technica.com.

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