Numark TTi USB turntable records direct to iPod

Chris Davies - Apr 29, 2008
Numark TTi USB turntable records direct to iPod

Numark have released their latest turntable, the TTi, which can not only play your vinyl but record it directly to either a docked iPod or any USB-connected PC or Mac.  The docking station is compatible with the 5th-gen iPod video, iPod Classic and 2nd-gen nano, which seems a bit short-sighted, but even if your iPod is a different version you can still create digital copies of your records via the included EZ Vinyl Converter and Audacity software.  No drivers are needed, which I presume means it shows up as a generic external soundcard.

Numark TTi iPod turntable

The turntable itself is belt-drive with 33 and 45 RPM speeds, however 78 RPM records can be played and then the speed converted using the software.  There are also line-level RCA outputs and a built-in phono preamp for hooking the deck up to an amplifier.  A hardware ±10-percent pitch control lets you tweak recordings squirted directly into your iPod.

It's a neat idea, but the lack of broad iPod compatibility means this will only really appeal to a specific group of Apple users.  Back when Numark first announced the TTi their choices might've seemed a good idea, but a more generic dock would make it more future-proof.  Most people, if they really want to convert their vinyl to MP3, would be better suited with one of the cheaper USB-only turntables that lacks an iPod dock. 

The TTi is available in the UK now, priced at £149 ($294).

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