Recording from USB turntable

I have 10.10.5 and version 2.6 down loaded from disk and 2.1.0 downloaded from the internet

I am not a super tech sauvie person…I bought a crosley record player with the intent on passing the music onto my computer so i could burn a cd or 2. One the outside of the box when I purchased the thing it said it was easy to do!!! Oh nooooo. Well the disk version did not work well so I uploaded the 2.1.0 from the internet and haven’t tried it yet. Last night I was getting frustrated with the whole thing so I packed up the player to return to the store and then started looking on amazon for a different record player (easier to operate) and found that most players use this Audacity software… oh dear so now I have to learn how to use this program. I would rather dig in my frozen garden! But it is nice that you have a forum for help so I will try to stop my complaining and try to learn this *#$% thing! But it is still upsetting that the record player box makes it sound so simple when its a little more complex!

The current version of Audacity is 2.1.1 and is available here:
We do not recommend using Audacity from other download sites as there are known to be “modified” versions that may include malware (not the real thing).

The basic operation is that you connect the USB turntable first, then launch Audacity. The USB turntable should then be listed as an available recording input in the device toolbar. Select the USB device as the recording input and press the Record button. When the recording is complete, press the Stop button. The recording may then be edited and/or processed (many available effects in Audacity). You have now created an “Audacity Project”. Note that an “Audacity Project” is not a “sound file”. If you “save” the project it will save an “Audacity Project File” and a “_data” folder. The “_data” folder contains the audio as lots of little blocks of audio, and the “project file” tells Audacity how to put those blocks together. To create a normal “audio file” (such as a “WAV” file), you need to “Export” the audio (in the “File” menu).

That’s just a basic outline. Full details can be found in the manual:
The manual is also included in the recommended Audacity download (look in the “Help” menu).

Thanks for the info… I unpacked the turntable and plugged it in to give it another try and the transformer on the plug was humming very loud so I packed it up again and returned it to Target… Now I am looking for a higher quality turntable that either does blue tooth or USB so I can transfer records to cd or files.
Any one have any suggestions? I need 33.3, 45, and 78.

Have you already got a high quality turntable? If so then you may only need something like the ARTcessoris combined pre-amp and sound card:

If you also have a decent phono-preamp (or a decent amp with a phono input) then all you’ll likely need is a USB soundcard.

In terms of USB TTs, I would consider the Project USB turntables - examples on this page:

or this Lenco:

or this TEAC:

all of the above are only 33 & 45rpm (no 78) - but most of the high quality ones do not seem to offer 78.

those three are well-regarded manufacturers.


There are a couple of Dual TTs that may be worth considering if all three speeds are important to you:


BTW none of the above suggestions are cheap.

There are pleny of cheap USB TTs on the market (including 3-speed ones) but they tend to be trashy and produce trashy results - don’t ask me how I know … :frowning:

I don’t know the other two intimately, but Lenco hasn’t been a well-regarded manufacturer in over 20 years. Lenco Switzerland closed doors in the eighties. The stuff that has been produced under this brand since is mostly a marketing effort. It’s a Dutch outfit, owning many brands. They don’t develop products, they just relabel Chinese OEM stuff. Some products are decent, most are rubbish.

Personally, I wouldn’t buy any of these USB turntables. A good old-fashioned TT with a good RIAA preamp will be always better. And even a 30 € Behringer UCA interface is far better than what’s built into those USB thingies.

I also wouldn’t buy a real Lenco, except to restore it. Prices on the heavy platter models like the L75 have skyrocketed. If you can find a working one for 50 €, all the better. Usually these go for at least a 100 €, even in a deplorable state. And beware that Lenco also made some lesser gear to the end. An L233 might seem like a “genuine” Lenco, it’s just a snare driven, fairly mediocre TT. Still a lot better than the USB things, tho.

If you want an old, but real TT, look for CEC. This was the biggest OEM in TT’s. The brand CEC itself isn’t known, so prices are reasonable. And the OEM’d for all the great American and Japanese brands, including Technics, Marantz, Pioneer, AKAI, Denon, Sansui…

And the same goes for DUAL. Another famous brand you can’t trust anymore.

Nobody touched 78.

The grooves on a 78 recording are wider than either 33-1/3 or 45. They’re not directly interchangeable. Many cartridge makers produce a special needle for 78 disks. If you don’t do that, the LP needle drags on the bottom of the 78 groove and rattles between the two walls giving distortion and greatly increased noise.

There is a technique where you play 78 disks at the speeds you have rather than the intended speeds and “clean it up” in post production. It’s not fun and it always produces substandard music.

“I remember the music being better than this.”
Yes. That’s correct.


Hey Waxcylinder :slight_smile:

I am planning to buy a turntable which is affordable and on which I could play CD’s also.My friend recently got a crosley turntable from and suggested me to go through the turntables they offer.I am looking for more suggestions so that I could compare them and then make a final decision.Thanks!
Sarah Dennis

Well if I was buying a USB turntable for myself I’d probably go for one if the Project ones:
But I suspect they may cost more than your budget …

And what I’d really buy is an ordinary Rega deck:
and the Artcessories USB Phono Plus, external phono pre-amp and USB soundcard:


Maybe this Sony?

Does direct to DSD recording…

Probably about the price of a Rolls-Royce, but with better styling. :laughing:

What I actually used was my old Technics SL-150 TT with the SME 3009-2 arm (I gave it a good home service and treated it to a new cartridge - I tried cleaninf the stylus on the old cart with alcohol and it dissolved the glue attaching it to the cantilever :blush: :astonished: )

signal fed on to a pho preamp - Artcessories DJ-Pre11 - feeeding an Edirol UA-1EX external soundcard (now discontinued) - and thenc on via USB to my PC and Audacity.

I did by a cheapy USB TT for starters - but is was rubbish with a far too lightweight platter and average cart aand arm - electronics quite good though.