It looks just like my first computer! Only smaller.My father and I were sitting in his living room looking through mountains of old stuff several years ago. I was out for a visit, and I remember him leafing through his old records and pulling out albums that were absolutely famous, and some stuff only an eclectic scientist raised in a sleepy Southern Town could end up owning.

One thing was a common thread, however: My father lamented the fact that transferring those old LPs to a somewhat newer digital media was difficult and expensive. That was then, and this is now. TigerDirect.com has two turntables that among other things, allow you to transfer your wax music to your PC via a USB connection. Sorry Mom—some of that banjo music is probably going to rear it’s head once again.

Numark TTUSB Turntable with USB Output and Metal Base
numark-turntable.jpgThe TTUSB is a unique plug–and–play USB compatible turntable that makes digitizing your vinyl record collection to your PC or Mac a snap. Packaged with all the necessary cables to connect with a computer or 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.

As an added benefit, the TTUSB also includes a 1/8–inch stereo mini jack input connector to facilitate the transfer of cassette tapes (or similar line level sources) to computer files—making this unit the perfect tool for archiving older recordings, regardless of their original format. For the editing of your transferred files, the included Audacity software (PC and Mac compatible) provides a wealth of easy–to–use features to convert your analog music to popular formats such as WAV or MP3.

Check It Out! Numark TTUSB USB Turntable with USB Output and Metal Base

ion-turntable.jpgIon ITTUSB USB Turntable with Software
ION has created a USB turntable that they are calling the ITTUSB. It allows you to convert your old vinyl collection directly to CD or MP3 with included recording software. This turntable is a snap to use, as it’s been designed for plug-and-play connectivity—no need to search the web for drivers! It supports the recording of 78RPM records through the included software as well. The iTTUSB also features a switchable phono/line level output for connecting to any home stereo with an AUX input. The ITTUSB is very similar to the TTUSB from Numark, but is a stripped down version without all the auxiliary features. Still, it’s perfect for someone who isn’t savvy with today’s high-tech turntable equipment.

Check it Out! ION ITTUSB USB Turntable with Software and USB Plug