Turntables with USB connections are nothing new - we've covered quite a few before - but this is the first I've seen that can not only record into your PC but directly onto a PMP or even an SD memory card. Made by ION, one of the first names in USB turntables, the LP 2 FLASH can be connected to an external hard-drive or flash memory stick via the USB port, and also has a built-in SD slot; tracks can then be recorded straight onto that removable storage.
The LP 2 FLASH will automatically separate individual tracks, automating the process. Alternatively, hook it up to your computer and, with the included EZ Vinyl Converter (for PC) or EZ Audio Converter (for Mac), record and import tracks straight into iTunes or other media players.
Standard analog output mean the LP 2 FLASH is content just being a standard turntable in your hifi stack, but there are also front-panel analog inputs so you can use it to record from any source direct to removable memory. Sample rates of up to 192kHz are supported.
ION's LP 2 FLASH turntable is available now in the UK; US availability is uncertain.
ION LP 2 FLASH TURNTABLE WITH USB, FLASH NOW SHIPPING
USB Turntable with Advanced MP3 Features Available For Purchase
Cumberland, R.I. (Aug. 18, 2008) – ION (www.ionaudio.com), a leader in consumer audio and entertainment technology, announces that it is now shipping its
LP 2 FLASH turntable, which records vinyl records directly to USB thumb drives, SD cards and computers.
LP 2 FLASH is a fully functional turntable with line level output, allowing it to be easily integrated into any home stereo system. In addition to playing records, LP 2 FLASH converts vinyl to portable, flexible MP3 files. With LP 2 FLASH, users can convert their music for playback on a computer, use their computer to create audio CDs for play in their car or take their music anywhere on an iPod or other MP3 player.
LP 2 FLASH captures the user’s vinyl records directly onto an SD card, USB thumb drive or USB hard drive, with no computer required. Users simply connect their USB device to the port on LP 2 FLASH, or insert an SD card into LP 2 FLASH’s front-panel slot. LP 2 FLASH automatically turns records into an individual track per song, so users aren’t required to stand by to manually separate albums.
Removable media devices can then be connected to the user’s Mac or PC, and imported into iTunes automatically using the included EZ Vinyl Converter (PC) or EZ Audio Converter (Mac) software. Pops, crackles, and hiss on worn records can be minimized using the included Audacity editing software. Users can also connect LP 2 FLASH directly to their computer.
LP 2 FLASH has a front-panel input jack enabling users to convert other music sources such as cassette tapes, MiniDiscs and eight-tracks. The advanced turntable makes better-than-CD quality recordings at high-resolution sample rates up to 192kHz.
“LP 2 FLASH is the culmination of our efforts in turntable innovation,” said Gregg Stein, Director of Marketing, ION. “Not only is it a fantastic analog turntable, it empowers anyone, regardless of technical level, to update their old music to today’s portable, flexible formats and enjoy it anywhere: on cell phone, iPod, MP3 player, computer or in the car.”
LP 2 FLASH is available in United Kingdom.
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