Audio-Technica debuted the AT-LP2D-USB, an LP-to-digital recording system and USB turntable and software package that aims to ease the transfer of vinyl records to digital media files and CDs.
The system includes a turntable and phono cartridge, PC- and Mac-compatible software and a USB cable that connects the turntable to a computer. The AT-LP2D-USB retails for $229.
“Many people still own their classic LPs and 45s, and a younger generation is discovering and collecting vinyl,” said Crystal Griffith, Audio-Technica consumer marketing manager. She called the system a simple solution for transferring records to digital files and portable players, and for listening to records on a home music system.
The turntable has 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds to play vinyl formats including LP albums and 12- and 7-inch singles. The USB cable enables connection to a desktop or laptop computer. Switchable phono preamp, RCA output cables and adapter cables allow connection to music and home entertainment systems, as well as to A/V receivers that do not have a phono input.
The product comes with Cakewalk PYRO (for PC) and Audacity (for Mac or PC) software to convert the audio from a record to MP3, WAV or Windows Media audio files for playback on the user’s other audio devices. The PYRO software has DeClicker and DeNoiser utilities that remove pops, clicks, noise and hiss from LP recordings, and design software for personalizing CD jewel case art and CD labels.