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Question about turn tables...

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Alright I've decided to get a turntable for various reasons but I don't know anything about them. I've been recommended TEACs and Technics' but all I am wanting to do with them is listen/rip the music to my computer. What is a good model or other brand turntable that would work? Also, the needle... what can you tell me about those?

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i'm no D.J... but if youre trying to record from it, make sure you get a direct drive. plus you'll be able to scratch easier.

 

vestax tables arent as pricey, and from what i've seen- they work just as good.

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if your just planning on ripping records you should probably focus more on the needle than the turntable itself.

 

some cheaper turntables are made by numark, american audio, gemini.

 

but they will not be good for dj'ing, scratching.

 

good cartridges/needles are made by ortofon, stanton and shure

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Originally posted by Dirty_habiT@Sep 9 2005, 04:19 PM

Alright I've decided to get a turntable for various reasons but I don't know anything about them. I've been recommended TEACs and Technics' but all I am wanting to do with them is listen/rip the music to my computer.

 

 

Stop lying. We all know you're just going to stay home and:

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if ur re just recording ur songs... et a direct drive Numark.. any will do as long as its direct drive... and get an ortofon needle.. all together it will probably set u back $400 brandnew..... but those ortofons do dig into ur record... but ur not scratchin so it dont matter...

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If you are planning on only listening and recording vinyl to your computer than you dont need a direct drive turntable....you just need a decent needle. The needle you choose will depend on how big of an audiophile you are. Check out the tables and needles listed at turntablelab They have good reviews on the equipment they stock...good place to research before you hunt around the web searching for the best deal.

dont forget about ebay.

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turntablelab is what's up.. i've bought a lot of stuff from them over the years and they're good people. check their reviews and email them if you have questions.

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here's what you should do....

 

dont buy a 'dj' table unless you want to dj

 

I have two turntables, one's an older Akai that just plays records

and the other is a tech for scratching and fucking around. I have

the tech set up to work for scratching, so the tone arm is weighted

forwards (to keep the needle in the groove) and that will wear out

normal records really fast. Just get a simple player and you'll be fine.

 

The companies that make dj turntables aren't your only choice.

Lots of well respected audio companies like Akai or Sony made

turntables that the audiophiles swear by. Plus they're cheap.

 

 

 

 

oh... I got both my tables for free from friends.

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serious,

 

I got the akai from some rich girl in Montreal.

 

I got the tech from a friend who is a hiphop producer

and he only needed one table in his studio, so I'm 'holding on to' the other one.

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musiciansfriend.com

they always have a good clearance section. you can pick up a referbished or blemished table for like 100 bones...i bought a blemished mixer from there and the only thing wrong with it was a minor cosmetic issue...it was a $450 vestax mixer, i got it for like $150...really ANY table off of that website will more than suite your needs...i wouldn't even worry if it wasn't direct drive or not for what you need it for.

 

as for "needles", shure makes great ones...the m44-7's are fucking amazing sound quality, and they're pretty cheap...plus if you get them, they're some of the best cartridges for scratching if you decide to get into that.

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oh, and i'd recomend using audacity for recording the records onto your computer...the software is free, and there's "effects" in it like "normalise", "auto eq", and "noise reduction"...all perfect for making the recordings sound almost cd quality(i record all of my dj mixes this way, the sound qoaulity is usually better then most dj mix cd's you purchaes at a store)/....you'll need a mixer though...you run the table into the mixer, then run the mixer to the comp...you need to do this because you need the table grounded, and it'll sound 100x's better. you'll need a dual rca to 1/8" cord to run the mixer to the comp(unless you have rca ins on the comp)...

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with the portable i guess you don't need a mixer either because it has a headphone out...you'd run a cord from the "headphone out" to the "mic in" (of your comp), and that should be fine. any quality lost recording this way should be unoticed after mastering it in audacity with those effets i was talking about.

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Shure m-447 are scratching needles. Sound quality is not up to par with needles for listening. They are made for high volume output and minimal wear on your record.

An audiophile would go for the shure white labels or ortofon or even the top of the line stanton needles.

 

I'd consider rumpunchers advice and look into some non-dj brand tables as well.

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yeah, but for the price they're the best sound you'll get...i'm not trying to recomend 200 dollar cartridges to the kid.

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ya'll are getting too into it for this kid.... pretty much any table that came out within the last 10 years that isn't portable should do the trick... even get a fucking p-mount.

you don't need a mixer either if you get a preamp

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You don't need a preamp either, if you're just hooking to the mic in or line in on the computer. You basically need nothing but a cheap cable and a stereo jack to minijack cable as short as possible.

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