Thursday, October 13, 2011
A couple of weeks ago, I looked at my LP collection and wondered if I should keep my vinyl. I have a nice player, but I rarely use it. Then while thumbing through a catalog, I saw a USB turntable and did some research online. I discovered it was possible to turn my LP collection into MP3 files, so I purchased a Crosley USB turntable on Amazon.
The reviews on the turntable were mixed, but I think most of those who complained wanted a portable record player with stereo sound. This player is portable, but it was not intended to be a quality stereo. It has speakers, so it can function as simply a stand-alone record player, but I don't think it was designed to be used as an everyday player. It plays 33, 45, and 78 rpm.
When hooked to a computer via the USB cord, the player makes it possible to record songs, clean up the sound a bit, and download the songs to the computer as a WAV or MP3 file.
I am on a mission to preserve my LPs to digital MP3 files so I can burn CDs to play in my car and load some of the music on my iPod. I may get rid of my LPs after I have recorded and converted them to digital files.
The player arrived yesterday, and last night I sorted through my LPs to see which ones I wanted to record and download. Many memories came flooding back when I saw some of the albums from the late 60s and early 70s.
There is a bit of a learning curve to record and download the songs, but anyone comfortable with a computer will be able to figure out the process without too much difficulty. The instruction manual is helpful, but not complete. I found labeling the music tracks to be the most difficult part. I hope I can master that soon, as the way I am doing it is tedious.
The player comes with the USB cord, an AC adapter, a software CD to allow downloading and editing, and an instruction manual.
I downloaded one and a half albums in two hours. The process is slow because, unless only select songs are recorded, the LP must be played entirely.
Once I feel more comfortable with the process, it should be easier and faster. So far, I am very pleased with my purchase. I probably won't record and download all of my vinyl LPs, but I certainly will enjoy listening to those that I do convert.