Using USB Turntables

Though nothing beats the enjoyment of listening to your vinyl records through a great home audio system, you can't take your records with you everywhere. So, Pro-Ject Audio Systems have developed a variety of USB devices that allow for recording your precious vinyl to a computer, so you can still listen to your records when you're out and about.

There are many great recording softwares available, and Pro-Ject do not bundle their hardware with any software so you have the freedom to choose what program suits you best. However, we get asked a lot about the popular open-source program, Audacity; so below we've given you some hints and tips for recording vinyl records in Audacity.

Setting Up Your USB Device to Work With Audacity on Windows Machines

  1. Download and install the Audacity Software (available from here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/).
  2. Connect your Pro-Ject Audio Systems USB Turntable or USB Phono Stage (Windows may run some configuration to install the device).
  3. Open Audacity and click Edit > Preferences from the top menu.
  4. In the pop-up that appears, select Devices on the Left Menu and set the host to Windows Direct Sound.
  5. Set the playback device to your normal audio output (typically the computer's built-in soundcard).
  6. Set the recording device to your Pro-Ject Audio Systems product, which will usually appear as USB Audio Codec.
  7. Set the channels to 2 (Stereo).
  8. Select Recording from the Left Menu and tick the Software Playthrough box.
  9. Close the pop-up window and proceed to recording.*

*For help and advice getting the best recordings from your vinyl records, consult the various web forums and topics regarding Audacity's optimal recording and export settings.

 

Setting Up Your USB Device to Work With Audacity on Mac Machines

  1. Download and install the Audacity Software (available from here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/).
  2. Connect your Pro-Ject Audio Systems USB Turntable or USB Phono Stage.
  3. Open Audacity and click Audacity > Preferences.
  4. In the pop-up that appears, select Devices on the Left Menu and set the host to Core Audio.
  5. Set the playback device to your normal audio output (typically the computer's built-in soundcard).
  6. Set the recording device to your Pro-Ject Audio Systems product, which will usually appear as USB Audio Codec.
  7. Set the channels to 2 (Stereo).
  8. Select Recording from the Left Menu and tick the Software Playthrough box.
  9. Close the pop-up window and proceed to recording.*

*For help and advice getting the best recordings from your vinyl records, consult the various web forums and topics regarding Audacity's optimal recording and export settings.

 

Listening to Vinyl in Audacity

Although a good Hi-Fi system is recommended in bringing the best out of your vinyl its not an option available to everyone. This short and simple guide will show you how you can use a computer and it's speakers to play a USB compatible turntable or phono stage.

  1. Download and install the Audacity Software (available from here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/).
  2. Connect your Pro-Ject Audio Systems USB Turntable or USB Phono Stage.
  3. Open Audacity and click Edit > Preferences from the top menu.
  4. In the pop-up that appears, select Devices on the Left Menu and set the host to Windows Direct Sound.
  5. Set the playback device to your normal audio output (typically the computer's built-in soundcard).
  6. Set the recording device to your Pro-Ject Audio Systems product, which will usually appear as USB Audio Codec.
  7. Set the channels to 2 (Stereo).
  8. Close the pop-up window and click the Transport heading in the menu bar and then tick Software Playthrough (on/off).

  9. Right click on the down-arrow next to the microphone icon and click 'Start Monitoring' to turn it on.

  10. Put a record on your turntable and start playback. You will hear the audio come through your computer without the need to record.

Please note this article is correct as of 18/01/2016 using Audacity version 2.0.6