A while back a reader asked how to store her vast collection of CDs without losing access to her music.
We recommended compressing the CDs digitally and dispensing with the actual discs. For the average music fan (as opposed to the pro or even amateur DJ) this is a solution that requires an initial invstment of time but justifies itself very quickly by freeing up storage space and making your music collection much more accessable.
But what if your music collection includes vinyl? Most of us (even those with milk crates full of old and beloved records) don't actually own a turntable upon which to spin them.
Ion Audio, a manufacturer of DJ gear, has a solution: the USB recordable turntable. For about $200 this turntable hooks right up to your computer through the USB port, easing the quick transfer of analog to digital.
Yes, you'll capture all the quirks and crackles of your analog originals and you'll lose some of their dynamic range as well. But as Julian points out, you can clean them up digitally. And more importantly, you'll finally be able to put the records out to pasture...or at least into deep storage.
Available from Fred Flare.