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Old 18-06-2014, 01:35 AM   #1
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USB Turntable, why?

I'm getting a turntable, essentially only to scratch. I am going to use TC vinyl and decided on the Numark TTX. It comes in two flavors USB and without USB. What is the point of having the USB? Can't I just use the line level out to output to my computer? I think I can save some money by getting the non-USB version, and I can't figure out via the internet why it would be better other than "easier vinyl to digital conversion" but I don't even get why it would be easier, why wouldn't the line level be the same?

I am very newb at this, i resisted ever getting turntables, but now I really want to play with scratching my own sounds. Please advise. Thanks!

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Old 18-06-2014, 01:36 AM   #2
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Re: USB Turntable, why?

You have to get a phono preamp...you can't just send the turntable signal straight into you interface and you can't use mic preamps. EDIT: so you are going to use time coded vinyl to control sounds inside your computer with Serato or something? I think you'll need to buy the Serato box too...honestly not sure what you need then...

but if you were scratching vinyl records on a regular turntable you need a phono pre amp. Also, if you want to scratch you need a direct drive turntable, not belt drive : )

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Old 18-06-2014, 01:40 AM   #3
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Re: USB Turntable, why?

Even though the TTX has a line level output?

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Re: USB Turntable, why?

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Even though the TTX has a line level output?

Looks like not then : ) Sorry, didn't know they were making turntables like that now . I'd download the manual, but it would seem there might be a pre amp inside the TT. Dunno dude. I haven't looked into TT technology for a while lol

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Re: USB Turntable, why?

Cool I will be sure to check in on it. Thanks for looking out regardless
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Re: USB Turntable, why?

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Cool I will be sure to check in on it. Thanks for looking out regardless
Yea...no worries. The phono pre-amp does some kind of signal conversion, that's why you can't just any old pre amp.

Those look bad ass though, man. Just looked 'em up.

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Re: USB Turntable, why?

A usb TT will just send the output directly to a computer without having to use an input on your audiocard or mixer. However, you need the sound thru a mixer if you want to scratch (unless your going for no-fader baby scratches!!)

A proper 'Traktor', 'Serato' or similar interface is recommended as the connections aren't that straightforward especially if you want the option to play normal records too.

The USB option doesn't make it timecode friendly.

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Re: USB Turntable, why?

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the TTXUSB's built-in USB connector simplifies connection to a computer for fast, professional grade vinyl-to-digital transfer. As an added benefit, vinyl-to-digital conversion takes just a few mouse clicks thanks to the bundled EZ Vinyl Converter software; a new program available exclusively to Numark that quickly converts vinyl tracks directly to iTunes.
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If you have an audio interface then you probably won't use the USB as you'll have the player hooked up via audio cables anyway.
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Re: USB Turntable, why?

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Yea...no worries. The phono pre-amp does some kind of signal conversion, that's why you can't just any old pre amp.

Those look bad ass though, man. Just looked 'em up.
I'm possibly way off here but I think it is just an eq curve that is built into the phono amp to replace the cutting that the vinyl cutting engineer applies (to get more volume onto the vinyl)

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Re: USB Turntable, why?

when I saw the words USB and turntable, I thought I was going to see the brand name ION, or VIBE, or electrobrand or some junk like that thank god it wasnt.
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Re: USB Turntable, why?

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when I saw the words USB and turntable, I thought I was going to see the brand name ION, or VIBE, or electrobrand or some junk like that thank god it wasnt.
Whats wrong with that? I rock 2 ION tables and mix with a XYENX USB Audio Mixer

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