A while back I talked about getting an Ion iTTUSB Turntable with USB Record. Unfortunately, everywhere I looked it was backordered. I finally ordered it from zZounds.com and I waited. Months. A few days ago, it finally arrived. (Amazon.com has them for $139.95 all expenses included, which is a better deal than I got).
So, I pulled out all of the vinyl that I had purchased and in about an hour’s time, I figured out how it worked (I had never used a record player before – and the instruction manual (while not great, is alright) assumes that you have – so I’m like, do I just put the needle on it? lol. Suffice to say, I figured it out on my own) and started ripping records. Finally got in a groove. Rip, clean (run noise removal, divide the tracks, name them), export. Repeat 70 times (each side of the record). I’m really happy with how it turned out. Virtually all of the audio I ripped sounds pretty good (some background noise, but not really noticeable). There are a couple that bug me, but I think if I ran different Audacity filters (click and pop filter, perhaps), that might improve, as well. All in all, my expectations were reasonable and they were met and even exceeded a bit. I’m just happy to be listening to this audio, really.
For someone just looking to rip some records with minimal effort (there is effort, if you want them to sound good, break them into tracks, etc., but it isn’t bad), I’d definitely recommend it as it worked well for me. I’ll be buying more vinyl to rip.