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As a DJ, I used to use vinyl for my mixes and then started mixing with CD's so thought I would no longer have any use for my 12"'s and kept them in the garage for many years. I had a lot of rare 12" promos / imports too and always wondered if I would ever hear them again since getting rid of my twin turntables. So, earlier this year I bought a cheap, £40 turntable from my local shopping centre and the sound quality was awful so I took it back and got a refund. Then, whilst browsing on ebay, I came across this item for £35.99 (a few other sellers were selling it for over £60!), made by Lenco...a make I had never heard of in my life. But I thought I would chance it and see what it was like. I was not dissapointed. This was well worth the money!
To put it simply, this comes with a USB 2.0 connection and it has 2 playback speeds so it will let you convert music from 45 RPM vinyls and the old 33 RPM LP'S onto your pc. Its very lightweight and has a mini turntable which is semi-automatic. It also has automatic return when it comes to the end of a record, and automatic power-off. Its quite funny seeing the old needle in the arm of the player (takes me back a bit to a record player I had when I was about 5!). The good thing about this is that it has a pre-amplifier included so you can use the AUX connection, which is what I did many times. It also comes with software (Audacity) which is fairly easy to use (once you have used it once).
Now the basics - I didnt use the manual an awful lot with this - I found it easier to connect the turntable to the USB port of my PC and then I installed the Audacity software onto my pc then simply followed the instructions on the screen. Also, when the main screen loads up, make sure that it states your correct sound card in the drop down menu at the top of the page. Easy!
Basically, to record vinyl, you just play the record on the turntable and then in Audacity, you press the 'record' button when you're ready to start recording. During this process, you will see the level meters blinking to let you know that its recording. Whenever you want to stop the recording, you just click on the 'stop' button. Then, click on 'play' to play your recording back. Along with these, theres also a fair few tools you can use too - amongst them are things like selecting the range of audio you want to edit/listen to, change the volume over time, modify individual samples, Zooming in/out, slide tracks left or right, access all of these tools at once depending on the location of the mouse and the keys you are holding down, audio control buttons and a loop button so you can keep playing the selection over and over (fun!).
It also comes with a little, plastic adaptor for playing 45RPM records (like the old jukebox ones with the middle missing!).
The sound quality is not quite excellent, although when you playback your songs, you can tell that they are recorded from vinyl due to the slight scratching noises, but then again, what can you expect from old records?
I am very satisfied with this and it gives me the chance to hear all my old vinyls again and even transfer them from my computer to my i-pod to listen to in the car.
Before I forget, the Audactiy software works with windows 7 and above.