Friday December 1, 2006

USB turntable

USB Turntable. spotted at Urban Outfitters.



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  1. KH    Fri Dec 1, 11:24 AM #  

    Hey! I just got one of those, but mine was from Sears, I think. It was a gift. I guarantee, however, that it was not from UO. The thing is decent; it’s basically an external sound card with a turntable on top. The funniest (coolest?) thing about it is that it comes with Audacity! software (open source sound software). Also, mine came with a stylus.

  2. alesh    Fri Dec 1, 12:07 PM #  

    Looking at it, I sort of wish you could use it to scratch MP3’s you’re playing. You know, play a record, and the speed of the spin relative to 33rpm controlls slow/fast/forward/backward and pitch on the mp3 playback.

    If it did that I’d get it in a second.

  3. R,    Fri Dec 1, 12:49 PM #  

    Alesh, I’m not sure if you’ve heard of this, but I present to you exhibit A

    it’s like mana from heaven, or what “purists” refer to as the anti-christ.

  4. alesh    Fri Dec 1, 01:49 PM #  

    That’s pretty damend cool, R. Unfortunately, it’s $550 + a DJ rig. Yikes!

  5. R.    Fri Dec 1, 03:29 PM #  

    yup, a “basic” dj rig:

    $1000 for a pair of SL1200’s
    $400 for a good mixer
    $160 for a pair of good needles
    and another $1500 for a compatible laptop/PC.

    throw in a receiver and speakers and you could easily be looking at over 4Gs for the whole kit. least you wouldn’t have to worry about vinyl.

  6. alesh    Fri Dec 1, 04:06 PM #  

    Yes, well, so if you’re willing to forgo the scratching, you can skip everything except the laptop and the amp/speakers.

    Actually, you’d probably have to forgo calling yourself a DJ too, right?

  7. R.    Fri Dec 1, 04:35 PM #  

    I believe the word you’re looking for is turntablist, so disc jockey would still be the proper term.

  8. alesh    Fri Dec 1, 04:46 PM #  

    Word. DJ Alesh available for parties, clubs, and special events. Serious inquiries only, please.

  9. I was there    Fri Dec 1, 08:54 PM #  

    Here is a sexy turntable.

    I found a early 80s Rega turntable at a Miami Thrift store, they are the really excellent.

    for 12 bucks, new ones retail for 1000 with cartridge.

    The platter is thick glass, it is belt driven and only plays 33 1/3 rpm.

  10. alesh    Fri Dec 1, 09:37 PM #  

    Dang, IwT, that’s hot.

    Personally, I have a crappy Stanton which I got it for $99 bucks at Guitar Center. If I squint it looks like an SL 1200, but with a straight arm.

    Sexy it ain’t. (But it plays my records.)

  11. I was there    Sat Dec 2, 09:20 AM #  

    Perhaps I’m missing the point….does this USB Turntable have some kind of computer connectivity? Making mix CDs from my LP collection is a personal goal….I probably can do it with my current gear but it would be a major pain in the arse….

  12. KH    Sun Dec 3, 09:16 AM #  

    I was there, you did miss the point! The USB (key word!) turntable has a USB cable as well as normal stereo outputs, so that it functions both as a normal record player and a record player which plays directly to your computer through the USB cable. You can record at a higher speed so that you can record 78s as well as 33s at 45 to save time (you can change it back to its normal playspeed in your computer with the sound software).

    I saw an ad in the New York Times which features the same turntable, but sold by a different company, with some kind of slider on the right hand side. In Alesh’s photo, you can see the long oval form—that’s where the mystery slider goes in the other version. The ad didn’t say what the slider is.

  13. alesh    Sun Dec 3, 11:50 AM #  


    It’s probably a pitch adjustment. My turntable has one there:

    Originally it was intended to correct the speed of the motor (i guess like if it gets really cold and the motor slows down), but yeah DJ’s use it to match song speeds to each other.

    It’s super-cool that you can record your albums at 45 rpm . . . but it would be even cooler if it let you do it at some OTHER time, say 66 rpm, or whatever’s the fastest some engineer decided would still retained acceptable sound quality. And if it had some sort of dubmed down version of the Scratch Live system R linked to.

  14. I was there    Sun Dec 3, 03:57 PM #  

    The company BSR made turntables in the 70s so I missed the USB connection….I suggest we all post pictures of our turntables, I am personally fascinated with people’s record collections, and listening areas in their homes.We have grown so accustom to listening to music on the move. The record player requires that you “stay put” and invest time in the music experience….I recently bought a Rega P3 turntable which does not have auto-return so I can no longer drift off to sleep while listening to Martin Denny’s Exotica LPs…I have to get up and flip the record or turn off the turntable….Oh and I believe the pitch controls are primarily used by club DJs in their effort to match BPMs (beats per minute) for that endless, continous and unbearable dance mix. house music house music house music etc.

  15. alesh    Sun Dec 3, 05:40 PM #  

    Yeah, I’m losing my edge.
    I’m losing my edge.
    The kids are coming up from behind.
    I’m losing my edge.
    I’m losing my edge to the kids from France and from London.
    But I was there.

    I was there in 1968.
    I was there at the first Can show in Cologne.
    I’m losing my edge.
    I’m losing my edge to the kids whose footsteps I hear when they get on the decks.
    I’m losing my edge to the Internet seekers who can tell me every member of every good group from 1962 to 1978.
    I’m losing my edge.

    To all the kids in Tokyo and Berlin.
    I’m losing my edge to the art-school Brooklynites in little jackets and borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered eighties.

    But I’m losing my edge.
    I’m losing my edge, but I was there.
    I was there.
    But I was there.

    I’m losing my edge.
    I’m losing my edge.
    I can hear the footsteps every night on the decks.
    But I was there.
    I was there in 1974 at the first Suicide practices in a loft in New York City.
    I was working on the organ sounds with much patience.
    I was there when Captain Beefheart started up his first band.
    I told him, “Don’t do it that way. You’ll never make a dime.”
    I was there.
    I was the first guy playing Daft Punk to the rock kids.
    I played it at CBGB’s.
    Everybody thought I was crazy.
    We all know.
    I was there.
    I was there.
    I’ve never been wrong.

    I used to work in the record store.
    I had everything before anyone.
    I was there in the Paradise Garage DJ booth with Larry Levan.
    I was there in Jamaica during the great sound clashes.
    I woke up naked on the beach in Ibiza in 1988.

    But I’m losing my edge to better-looking people with better ideas and more talent.
    And they’re actually really, really nice.

    I’m losing my edge.

    I heard you have a compilation of every good song ever done by anybody. Every great song by the Beach Boys. All the underground hits. All the Modern Lovers tracks. I heard you have a vinyl of every Niagra record on German import. I heard that you have a white label of every seminal Detroit techno hit – 1985, ’86, ’87. I heard that you have a CD compilation of every good ’60s cut and another box set from the ’70s.

    I hear you’re buying a synthesizer and an arpeggiator and are throwing your computer out the window because you want to make something real. You want to make a Yaz record.

    I hear that you and your band have sold your guitars and bought turntables.
    I hear that you and your band have sold your turntables and bought guitars.

    I hear everybody that you know is more relevant than everybody that I know.

    But have you seen my records? This Heat, Pere Ubu, Outsiders, Nation of Ulysses, Mars, The Trojans, The Black Dice, Todd Terry, the Germs, Section 25, Althea and Donna, Sexual Harrassment, a-ha, Pere Ubu, Dorothy Ashby, PIL, the Fania All-Stars, the Bar-Kays, the Human League, the Normal, Lou Reed, Scott Walker, Monks, Niagra,

    Joy Division, Lower 48, the Association, Sun Ra,
    Scientists, Royal Trux, 10cc,

    Eric B. and Rakim, Index, Basic Channel, Soulsonic Force (“just hit me”!), Juan Atkins, David Axelrod, Electric Prunes, Gil! Scott! Heron!, the Slits, Faust, Mantronix, Pharaoh Sanders and the Fire Engines, the Swans, the Soft Cell, the Sonics, the Sonics, the Sonics, the Sonics.

    You don’t know what you really want.

  16. NicFitKid    Mon Dec 4, 06:06 AM #  

    So when’s Daft Punk playing at your house, Alesh? Don’t forget to put all the furniture in the garage.

  17. KH    Mon Dec 4, 07:55 AM #  

    My brother visited the other day and said to me “I like how you have three record players in one room”.

    I’ll try and get some photos later, IwT, but later! Busy today!

  18. alesh    Mon Dec 4, 08:25 AM #  

    KH~ Now you need a mixing console, so you can listen to three records at once. Trust me, it’s art.

    BTW, here’s how to post photos in comments (I just noticed that they took the part out of the 'Textile help' link that made it explain how to do stuff(!)):


  19. j-j    Mon Dec 4, 11:49 AM #  

    Ahh, DFA how cool and how sad. I’m I losing my edge? Gottta look into that…