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12 Days of Gifts - Day 3

December 7, 2011 - Dave Hecei

Vinyl Recording. If you were born after 1975, you probably don’t need to go any further. Those of us that are of a certain age, and I’m not putting up any numbers here, probably still have some albums. I’m not talking about books full of family photos. What I’m talking about are 12-inch LP (Long Play) record albums, or maybe even 45rpm singles.

If you are like me, you have all but abandoned your vinyl for Compact Discs or even MP3s. This is perfectly fine, but now you can take those rare vinyl gems and put them on your iPod. Normally you would have to get out your old turntable and hook it all into a stereo system. After that accomplishment, you then hook your system to your Mac to record the vinyl to the hard drive. Then you need to edit this and convert…wait, that’s way too much work.

Check out the ION USB Turntable with iPod Dock. This is a real turntable but with a twist. Not only does it have line level audio out jacks, there is also USB that allows the ION to play your vinyl directly into you computer. The best part is the iPod dock. Just insert a compatible iPod and record your music directly – no computer required.

The ION LP Dock turntable works with the 5th generation iPod w/video, iPod Classic, 2nd and 3rd gen iPod Nano, and possibly others. I don’t think it works with the Touch or iPhone though.

The LP Dock can also act as an audio digitizer. It has audio input jacks, which can be used with a tape deck or other audio/video devices. Software is included for Mac and Windows PCs, but it will work with other audio software you may already have – Toast, Garage Band, Amadeus, etc. Street price is around $170.


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