Saving vinyl one MP3 at a time

6%2010%2007001.jpg The Ion USB Turntable has got to be one of the funnest toys I’ve gotten in a while. Picked it up at Costco for $119…snoozed and should have grabbed it with the online coupon and saved $20 a few weeks ago but that’s just a side bar. With a couple of large tubs of old vinyl that I never purchased the CD replacement for I can finally back them up and enjoy them on the trusty MP3 Player or convert to CD for the car. Such a deal in the recording capital of the world.

What you get is a turntable that plugs into your USB port. Load in the Audacity sound studio software that is included and pick up a lame.dll (or similar for mac) on their website and you can convert it all effortlessly into MP3. This is the first affordable way to do it I have found…and its almost in one package. The added boner to it all is that there are RCA in jacks so even the older 8track player and 8tracks I have out there can also be converted into MP3 through this whole process…but do I have the energy to dig through all that stuff? At least its fun having the original old music on while I get my other work done.

8 Replies to “Saving vinyl one MP3 at a time”

  1. That’s weird and kinda cool that they would package it with the open source Audacity software, it’s a good simple program for editing audio files, and it works on Linux as well.

  2. Nice price. I don’t know if it’s the same manufacturer but I saw a similar set up in either a Sharper Image or Hammacher Shlemmer catalog for $189. I was tempted at that but now I’m much more so.

  3. I have a similar tub of vinyl. My biggest gripe is the time it takes. Having switched to digital, I’m so used to everything taking such a short time now. :)

  4. Numark also makes a nice USB Turntable.

    My favorite computer audio toy is the Plusdeck. It’s expensive, the manual is in Hong Kong made-up english, but it rips tapes right to MP3.

  5. yup…its not instant on and rip like we’re used to, but its actually kind of fun sorting through the old albums. Oddly…they have a sound that somehow is different. I like it. Ask me next week when I’ve gone through 50 or more albums if I think the time taken still has its charm or not.

  6. Seems to me like you’re better off with a nice, high end turntable (technics 1200) and a choice audio card / interface. As long as you’re ripping @ 24 bit, 96khz you’ll get every peak and valley in that vinyl.

    If you don’t have a nice turntable and sound card, this is certainly the way to go.

  7. Ah…eecue you hit it, and lest you forget I’m a cheap mofo on somethings and this is the best I’ve found so I can save my money for other indulgences.

  8. I just started to convert my cassett tapes to CD
    using this software called “Golden Records”
    tape to CD program, it works great, my only compliant is that CD’s only hold a lously 80min
    of music so I have to split some of the songs
    on two CD’s but I like it.

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