Look no PC: Akai USB turntable digitizes vinyl direct to hard drive
By Darren Quick
May 19, 2009
May 19, 2009 USB turntables provide an easy way to digitize your collection of vinyl. Usually, it requires a PC. However, a new range of USB turntables from Akai includes a model that lets you record from vinyl, directly to a USB hard drive – without the need of a PC.
Both models in the range, the ATT022U and direct-recording ATT023U, are belt-driven turntables that play 33, 45 and 78 revolutions per minute (RPM). There's a control to adjust pitch and another to minimize the "skating" force that pulls the tone-arm towards the center of the record as it plays, which helps prevent skipping.
The ATT022U and ATT023U include an S-shaped static balanced tone-arm with detachable headshell, audio technica magnetic cartridge, built-in phono preamp and slip pad (which allows budding DJs to produce "scratching" sounds and other special effects without damaging the records).
Although the ATT023U doesn't need a PC, both models can import vinyl recordings to a computer hard drive and export to WAV and MP3 format, using the free Audacity sound-editing software. Soundsoap SE software is also included to remove any pops, clicks or whistles.
The Akai ATT022U and ATT023U USB turntables are PC and Mac-compatible and available from selected Australian retailers for AUD$349.95 (about USD$265) and AUD$449.95 (about USD$345) respectively.
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