Numark Intros USB Turntable

Numark USB TurntableNAMM 2006 Winter Show Update: Numark announced the new TTUSB Turntable.

Packaged with all the necessary cables to interconnect with both a computer and a stereo playback system, along with software to remove clicks, pops, and other undesirable characteristics of vinyl, the TTUSB is a comprehensive package that breathes new life into older recordings while making the entire process fun and easy.

“The new TTUSB Turntable provides DJs and music enthusiasts everywhere with a versatile, easy-to-use tool for extracting older recordings from vinyl or cassette and transferring the music to a computer, where it can be cleaned up and then moved to modern playback equipment,” notes Numark CEO John O’Donnell.

As an added benefit, the TTUSB also includes a 1/8-inch stereo minijack input connector to facilitate the transfer of cassette tapes (or similar line level sources) to the computer—making this unit the perfect tool for archiving older recordings—regardless of their original format. Equipped with an adjustable anti-skating control for increased stereo balance, support for both 33.33 and 45 RPM playback speeds, an adjustable pitch control (± 10%), and line level left and right RCA output connectors for connection to a receiver or amplifier, this exceptional turntable has everything needed to ensure hours of great listening while simultaneously archiving the music to popular digital formats via the personal computer.

For editing recordings, the included Audacity software for both PC and Mac provides a wealth of easy-to-use features. With Audacity’s Cut, Copy, Paste, Undo, and Redo functionality, editing digitized audio is accomplished without the fear of making unwanted changes. Not only can clicks, pops, and other noise be eliminated, but additional tools enable the alteration of volume and equalization settings. As an example, the Envelope tool can be used to fade volume up or down, while the Drawing tool can alter specific points within the digitized audio file. Audacity also supports high-speed recording of vinyl. Standard 33.33 RPM vinyl recordings can be played at 45 RPM with maximum pitch control and then returned to their normal playback speed once transferred to the computer. And with the ability to export the music to popular formats such as WAV or MP3, those old, once forgotten recordings can again be among the most frequently listened to tunes with today’s portable music players.

Numark’s TTUSB Turntable package includes the turntable, a USB cable for interconnecting with a computer, an RCA cable for patching into a stereo system, a pre-assembled cartridge with stylus, an adapter for 45 RPM recordings, and the Audacity software. Computer requirements are modest. The TTUSB system package runs on PCs with the Windows 2000 or XP operating systems as well as Macintosh OS9.2 or higher. Both USB 1.1 and 2.0 are supported.

With a suggested retail price of $299, Numark’s TTUSB Turntable offers a wealth of creative options for music enthusiasts of all genres. The TTUSB Turntable is expected to ship in Q1 of 2006.

More information is available at the Numark site.

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