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Old 05-09-2008, 07:24 PM   #46
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You rock! I'm gonna go shop around tomorrow and get a feel for what's available, prices and stuff.
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If you find something you like, don't buy right away. Come home, look up reviews and compare prices online. I'm sure there are a lot of people around here too that can give you advice about specific brands and models. Unfortunately, it's been so long since I've looked into anything audio related, I'm not one of them.
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Old 05-10-2008, 12:14 PM   #48
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RIghto, and further on the speakers: you'll do better imo with reference monitors, and you can find them at comparable prices to the crap at Best BUy if you hunt around online, or, and you might not think so, at your local musicians store in the recording department.
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Old 05-26-2008, 10:01 PM   #49
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Okay I did NOT get a Fisher Price. This is what I ended up getting...

ThinkGeek :: Ion USB Turntable

Can't wait to connect it and start using it! Thanks for all the help, guys!
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Awesome! Have you played with it yet? How do you like it so far?
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Funnily enough, I haven't even had the chance to open the box and connect the damn thing. I was really excited and couldn't wait to get it though! Hopefully today or tomorrow.
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So I finally connected the damn thing this evening. Connected the USB cable to the comp and put the circular disc/rubber grip mat provided on the platter and took the little plastic cover off from under the needle (that thing comes off, right? lol) but didn't connect the RCA line out cable (red and white) anywhere cos I got no receiver to connect it to. I was hoping that the USB cable will establish a connection between the turntable and the computer speakers... but it's not working! Does this mean that for pure playback (not recording), I need a receiver??? I can't play it thru the comp speakers??? Oh also, where do you place the needle generally? Outer circumference of the record or innermost groove? Does it matter? Will it start playing from song 1 anyway?

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So I finally connected the damn thing this evening. Connected the USB cable to the comp and put the circular disc/rubber grip mat provided on the platter and took the little plastic cover off from under the needle (that thing comes off, right? lol) but didn't connect the RCA line out cable (red and white) anywhere cos I got no receiver to connect it to. I was hoping that the USB cable will establish a connection between the turntable and the computer speakers... but it's not working! Does this mean that for pure playback (not recording), I need a receiver??? I can't play it thru the comp speakers??? Oh also, where do you place the needle generally? Outer circumference of the record or innermost groove? Does it matter? Will it start playing from song 1 anyway?

Weird. I have no familiarity with that model, but I would think that it should play on your PC speakers. Did you read the instruction booklet? Is there software to install with it? I think Ashley said she has one that connects to her computer, maybe ask her?

As for where to put the needle, you put it on the kind of space just before the grooves get really narrow before each song. So, to listen to the first song, you put it on the very outer edge of the album, just before the grooves start. Then each song works its way in, toward the center of the album. Each set of grooves are a song, and they are divided by a relatively grooveless area. So, to skip songs, count in, and just place the needle in the grooveless area before the song you want to hear.
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Well, the thing is I can very faintly hear the songs when I place the needle on the record. So obviously it just needs to be amplified or whatever. But I thought the USB cable would do that.
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an USB cable can't amplify sound, you need the red and white cables
we have an amp and two big speakers next to the pc, and yea, you definately need the amp inbetween or it won't work as well!
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I got sound!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Called technical support and they pretty much walked me thru it. Just had to change some audio settings in the control panel and use Audacity as player. Listening to my Magical Mystery Tour record now. There's quite a bit of static or cracks/pops or whatever cos it's an old record I guess. But this is the first time ever that I've played a record!

So yes, USB chord is enough apparently. No need for red and white cable unless I'm connecting to a music system. Thanks for all your help, guys!
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interesting, I didn't know that about the settings!
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Zoots glad to see you got it figured out, didn't know you were having an issue. A USB (or Firewire, for that matter) cable can certainly 'carry' audio data to the PC. Way to go man!
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