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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Vinyl to Digital

If you're a geezer like myself with a deep, if sordid, audio past, or a closet DJ with a pile of Queen Latifah records, you probably have some vintage vinyl lying in storage somewhere that's just begging to get on your computer. Well it just might be time to consider transferring some of your audio gold from analog to digital. If you don't have a turntable, there are several turntables on the market that can do the job via USB. We like the Ion iTTUSB Turntable with USB Recorder available at for $149.99, it comes with software for Mac or PC. Be prepared for this one to be back-ordered.

If you're more of an audiophile and/or have a good existing turntable, you may want to try another option, the ART USB Phono Plus USB Audio Interface, whereby many types of analog audio sources: cassette, vinyl, etc. can connect to your Mac or PC (comes with software). This device allows you to use your existing analog equipment and high-end turntable to get a better quality sound transfer. $99.95 at Amazon, or Sweetwater


Blogger Chandira said...

Hmm.. That's a good idea.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Galli Galli Sim Sim said...

Let's you revisit all those old favs. I could put together a killer 80's/90's collection of my vinyl. It's just sitting in various basements and closets.

Next year.


4:34 PM  
Blogger Keith R said...

GGSS, thanks for so much for this! You don't know how long I have been searching for something like this! I have all these Brazilian records (samba, pagode, bossa nova, SOB, etc) I bought when I first went there in 1979 that I loved but aren't available in CD, and couldn't listen to or preserve them because our turntable broke just before we went to Santo Domingo to live in 1995, and by the time we returned in late 1999, no stores carried them anymore and the market in the US had shifted completely to CDs. And all those salsa and merengue classics my wife has from the 1970s that can't be found on CD either... oh, god I am excited!

Thanks again!

5:25 PM  
Blogger Galli Galli Sim Sim said...

Keith your comment made my day.

6:04 PM  

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