004 R&D – Sampling Turntables and Other Analog Sources | Rollz and Dice Approach The First Quarter Mark

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If you’re the type who digs through old vinyl records to find samples or have another analog source that you want music from, you can do this a few different ways:

  1. USB Turntable
  2. Cables and an Audio Interface
  3. Mics and an Audio Interface

USB Turntable

USB turntables are great for getting your records into a digital format. I did this with a handful of my grandparents’ records using the Numark PT-01USB Portable Turntable. It comes with a software setup that easily allows you to record the vinyl to digital. Download the software, hook up through a USB port, get levels, press record, put the record on, and grab a beer. After it finishes, you can edit how you please by importing it to your favorite DAW!

Cables and An Audio Interface

Either one of the cables below will allow you to take the stereo audio from the turntable or a tape deck into channels 1 and 2 of the audio interface. Just set up a stereo audio track in Logic, get levels, and record.

If you’re not using an audio interface (I suggest you get one), then you can go direct-in through your computer’s stereo input using this cable:

Either way, you will want to get levels and make sure you are not distorting before you drop the needle on the record or press play on the tape deck.

Mics and an Audio Interface

This might not be the best way to do it, but it will do the trick. Simply take a microphone hooked up to an audio interface and put it up to a speaker. In the past, I’ve used a Shure SM57, set levels, recorded, and got decent results.

Give it a try!

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