- Mac Compatible
Ion TTUSB Turntable with USB Record (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- USB 1.1 turntable that makes it a snap to convert vinyl collection to CD or MP3 formats
- Includes Audacity PC/Mac recording software and trial version of Bias Soundsoap 2
- Adjustable anti-skating control for increased stereo balancing
- Support for high-speed vinyl recording; works with both 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds
- Line-level outputs for easy stereo connection; 1/8-inch line-level input; weighs 7.7 pounds
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The iTTUSB also offers a few hardware extras, such as an adjustable anti-skating control for increased stereo balancing, an adjustable pitch control (+/- 8 percent), and support for high-speed vinyl recording. And thanks to the line-level outputs, you can connect to any home stereo with CD or auxiliary (AUX) inputs--no phono inputs required. The turntable comes with a cartridge and stylus, 45 adapter, and USB cable and is compatible with PCs running Windows 98, 2000, or XP and Macs running OS 9 or greater. All computers must also have at least one available USB 1.1 port.
The iTTUSB's master carton measures 20.27 by 6.85 by 17.16 inches (W x H x D) while the turntable itself weighs 7.7 pounds.
What's in the Box
Turntable, tonearm counterweight, platter with belt, slipmat, cartridge premounted on headshell, RCA cable, USB cable, software CD-ROM, 45 adapter, quick-start guide, user's manual.
Top Customer Reviews
SETTING UP THE TURNTABLE: The turntable is so very simple to set up, and the weight and materials are so different from those high end turntables of years past, that you might think you just wasted your money... don't worry, the best is yet to come. It took me all of 15 minutes to set up the turntable and plug it into my computer. Due to a couple of reviews that I read I took 3 precautions while setting up the turntable: 1) I used some of the foam wrapping material from the box and wrapped the RCA plugs to eliminate any extraneous noise that might be introduced into the system, 2) I put small felt pads under the legs of the table that the turntable will sit on, and 3) I used a stylus pressure gauge to get exactly 4 grams of weight (with the plastic cover still on the stylus which should give me approx 3.75 - 4 grams with the plastic cover off).
SETTING UP THE USB PART: Again it is totally a no-brainer. Just follow the meager instructions that are included with the turntable - they are spot-on. When I plugged in the USB cable (I set it up on 2 different machines, a Dell and a home-made running XP Home Edition and XP Professional respectively). On both machines Windows ran me through several set-up wizards that installed the following drivers (it's all automatic, just click when it tells you to): USB Compliant Device, USB Audio Device, USB Human Interface Device, and HID Compliant Device. That's it...Read more ›
Easy to use. I was recording LPs to WAV files in the first hour. Within two hours, I was able to break a side up into individual tracks and cuts and save them separately.
Perfect Fidelity! The quality of the reproduction is fantastic! This is the greatest thing in the world! No need for pre-amp or amp, just LP to PC.
Noise? Yes, of course; this also converts your scratches and pops with digital exactness. But even so, you're well ahead of the game: at least this way you'll never have to worry about putting *new* scratches on your favorite music!
This is one of the best investments I have ever made; I'm overjoyed with this technology!
So how's the turntable for transferring vinyl to your computer? It's pretty good--it got much better sound than I got previously with an iMic adaptor hooked up to my home stereo. I will say, it's a little more treble-ly than I'd like, but it's very slight, and you likely can adjust your music file to have more bass in whatever software you use to record. Or, you can just pump up the bass in iTunes when you play it back. Either way, not that big a problem.
Drawbacks--it doesn't come with a dust cover. For shame.Read more ›
On the other hand, the software included with the turntable is a bad joke, at least for Mac users. There's no installation software - Ion includes the source code for Audacity and expects you to compile it yourself. (You'd be much better off downloading it compiled from Sourceforge.) There's a complex process involving Audio MIDI setup, including a workaround for a nasty bug regarding sound quality setup. Once you get it working, it's quite impressive, but it's very far from user friendly. Let's hope this gets better in future releases of the product, because the hardware is nicely designed and the results are quite impressive.
Updated January 16, 2008.
Ion's software support for this product and Macintosh has gotten much, much better since I wrote this review, 18 months ago. The current software doesn't require any fiddling with the MIDI settings on Mac, as the turntable now mounts in your Sound control panel as an audio input. And they've done a nice job of filtering the audio that comes through this input so that you can get excellent results saving directly from Audacity, without equalizing or filtering, as was pretty much necessary in the original release. I would modify my three star rating to four stars - the turntable still needs a speed control and a dust cover, but the software's much better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works well and is simple to operate, but software could use more features.Published 4 months ago by Shelley Fulleborn
Excellent product for what I needed. Have worn out one stylus and purchased two, one to replace the worn out one and one to replace that, if needed.Published 10 months ago by D. Nelson
I have had this turntable for 4 years and have converted over 200 LPs. Using my iMac has been a breeze for getting this content into iTunes. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Joe C