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The Modern USB Turntable

Los Angeles Visit, Photowalk, Hans Zimmer, and Talks at Google and Stanford!

Digital music was introduced along with the rise of modern technology. But the lovers of old music frown at these modern inventions for they get to miss hearing the songs they used to love.

Transferring of your LP music to a computer is now possible with the introduction of USB turntables. You just have to plug the turntable through a USB port and use audio software such as Audacity and transfer all your collections. The USB turntable does not need any special drivers or gadgets.

This innovation is a fantastic device to vinyl lovers. It allows the compilations to be transferred to CDs or converted to MP3 for digital playback. Most of the USB turntables are full featured with fast recording capability, anti skip control and noise reduction. The USB turntable can also be plugged into a stereo for direct playback.

Since its introduction, the demand has increased and many DJs and other music enthusiasts have transferred their collection to their hard drives. USB turntables are the best thing that happened to them, and these devices vary in designs and features.

Let us look at the features and functions of some of the popular USB turntables in the market today.

USB Turntable w/ iPod Dock
This turntable allows the transfer of LP records directly to an iPod even without using a computer. This is quite easy with the built-in iPod dock of the unit. Just plug the iPod into its specific slot and play the vinyl of your choice and then press the record button.

Though it is designed for iPod connectivity, it can also be used alternatively with a computer. The Gracenote software is included for creating your own playlist for playback. This can also be hooked up with any sound system and directly play your favorite LP. This device is Plug and Play compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems. It comes with complete cables for computer and stereo component connection.

Stanton T90 USB Turntable
The Stanton T90 is one of the most full featured among the turntables in the market. It is most favored by DJs who are searching for the best in quality audio. One of the features of the Stanton T90 is the software included. It is easy to use and can produce the best output quality.

Comparing to its predecessors, this turntable has the most feature which makes it an outstanding product for professional audio system. The T90 model has a well designed selector switch with a start and stop brakes. You can also control the speed of any song without affecting the pitch quality. The back portion consists of an RCA port, SPDIF coaxial port, on/off switch and the USB port for connectivity.

In terms of performance, the T90 turntable outperforms other models. The most significant in its performance is the sound quality it produces. The audio built-in card with the device is capable of recording with 16 bit at a quality of 44 kHz which can be increased to 48 kHz.

Since the Stanton T90 can be used for playback and recording, you can immediately play any of your digitized audio and know the results. A great advantage of this turntable is it can simultaneously mix any audio compilation from your computer and the turntable audio using the same output. This means you can combine analog and digital audio into one.

In terms of its design, this turntable has a sleek design with all its components placed in the most ideal locations. The chassis of the turntable is made up of high quality plastic. This is lighter than other models.

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Los Angeles Visit, Photowalk, Hans Zimmer, and Talks at Google and Stanford!
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Los Angeles Photowalk, Sponsored by Bay Photo, evening of Jan 27!
You are all welcome to meet me at 4 PM on at the San Clemente pier! We will have a nice photowalk through sunset, which is around 5:20 PM. All skill levels, from beginner to master are welcome. A photowalk is just a laid-back event where we stroll around, take photos, and discuss the art of life and whatnot… I was considering giving a talk that night as well, but we don’t have a nearby venue in mind. Maybe one of you has an idea for this…

A big thanks to Bay Photo, who is sponsoring the event. I’m going to be looking deeply into their metal prints very soon and give you a full report.

If you want to come, please leave a comment at www.stuckincustoms.com/2010/01/23/los-angeles-visit-photo…

Hans Zimmer, we Must Meet!
Has anyone read Atlas Shrugged and remember the great composer therein named Richard Halley? One of the heroes of the book mysteriously follows him around the world… I envision this dream-state with Hans Zimmer. In fact, I have a most wonderful project in mind that would be unique and right up his alley.

I saw this Hans Zimmer Video Interview about his new Sherlock Holmes soundtrack. It was very interesting to hear him talk about this stuff… I have all of his music starred and in special playlists, depending on my mood… In fact, I made a Hanz Zimmer iTunes iMix there on the right for you of some of my favorites. On occasion, I meet a fellow photographer that also loves Hans, and we have an instant connection that is difficult to describe.

Look at Zimmer’s recording studio (Thanks @Tatorandtots for the link). Amazing. Of course, I could take a much better photo of it… but that is neither here nor there. My photography studio (only on paper for my upcoming home in New Zealand) will make a wonderful attempt to be a tiny bit cooler, only insofar as I want a window that looks at a beautiful landscape (which can be closed for absolute darkness whilst the post-processing is in full swing).

See my other mixes on Trey’s Music List – Coming up soon – Ambient New Age, World Music, and other unexpected things…

Speaking at Google HQ, Stanford, and errrrr – something in the "Cupertino area"
The topic is "The Unexpected Art and Science of HDR Photography".

Although I can’t discuss the latter, I can describe the talks I have at the Google HQ and Stanford. If you know someone at either institution, perhaps they can get you in. These are all closed, private events, but if you have some good Silicon Valley contacts, maybe you can make it happen. The presentation will be quite different than one might expect… I think it might prompt everyone to see the world from a slightly different perspective – I think we are finally getting to a spot where art and science can come back together in a natural way.

The talk at Google will be recorded in High Def and put on YouTube for the you all to see after everything gets edited together.
Daily Photo – California in the Morning
I woke up early one morning in the hotel to drive down to the seaside in San Luis Obispo to catch the sunrise. It’s really beautiful and peaceful there. I’m not really a morning person — this much should be known… more of a night-owl. But, maybe if I lived in California I might actually wake up early to catch the light of these sunrises.

I know I get many requests to be my assistant — but you don’t understand how bad it would be… I’d make you do things like wake up even before me, get me coffee, warm up the car, and all other sorts of things that you’d probably resent after a while… People seem to get over-enthusiastic about being my assistant, so I try to tell them bad things like this to dissuade them!

And below is a shot from a hotel I stayed in last time I was in LA… they have this cool outside firepit. I need more firepits in my life….

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