May 25, 2006

I have a handful of Vinyl left ... some things that I either can't replace on CD, haven't gotten around to replacing yet ... or hold some sentimental value for me. For example, those of you old enough to remember, that is, I have a few records which have photos as part of the vinyl ... the prime one is 2 LPs from Ralph Bakshi's rendition of Lord of the Rings with some of the artwork from the movie.

I also have a record that my grandmother got me ... waaaay back in the day. Her story is that she saw a commercial on tv, and she just knew that this record was for me. She was so right! After getting for my birthday, well, let's just say I'm very surprised I didn't completely wear the thing out. It's full of old novelty songs ... "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor" ... "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" ... "Ahab the Arab" ... "Running Bear" ... "Purple People Eater" ... "General Custer" ... and many many more (I can just hear the K-Tel announcer now).

So, I was reading my copy of MacAddict the other day (actually a few months ago) and I ran across a quickie review of this little beauty:

Ion USB Vinyl Player

Yeah, that's right. A record player that connects directly to your computer through the USB port. With software compatible for Mac, WinDoze and Linux.

I finally received mine yesterday after having it on order for about five months now and I have to say, it was really worth the wait. The software is Open Source software from SourceForge (Audacity, if you're interested) and while the documentation with the turntable was not great, the software did a wonderful job.

So, I snagged my Goofy Gold album and recorded one side of one of the records last night ... without any clean up at all, the sound was pretty decent. "Monster Mash" was a little fuzzy, but that could honestly have been the fault of the record or the recording that I had. "Running Bear" came out nice and clean. Others will follow and I might try to put up a sound bite from one of the songs later this week to give you an idea of the quality. Right now I'm just excited to finally get to listen to some of these songs again!

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Karen said:

okay- so you like it? my mom wants one. but she never gets anything done, so I was like "when are you going to sit around & do that?" but I'm glad to hear of someone who owns one.
MY fave album was Dumb Ditties... I never had Goofys' Gold...

May 25, 2006 12:02 PM


otilius said:

wow! that's pretty cooL, ender. Looking forward to more audio fiLes in the future...


May 25, 2006 1:04 PM


Beth said:

My mom used to sing "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor" when I was little. I think I played her albums to the point they were so scratchy they were no longer worth a dime-but believe it or not I have a trunk full of them-including about 15 Disney records she bought me when I was between 2 and 5 years old. Oh, and an old Shirley Temple record my grandmother gave me.

May 25, 2006 2:06 PM
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