Can I get a rewind?
So I got one of these Ion USB turntables (they're available under a dozen different brand names but are all essentially from the same factory in China...) in order to part out some of the stacks of ridiculous records I have for my new Micronaut album. Like, for instance, the little drum break in Caravan on "Persuasive Percussion 1966." That sort of thing.
Anyways, I got it for like a buck twenty four at ThinkGeek. If you're thinking about getting one of these, let me state for the record that they are roughly the same quality as the little turntable that goes in the top of the Emerson Bedroom Hi-Fi System you had in 1981 to play Kim Carne's "Betty Davis Eyes" on over and over again. It is, in short, a piece of utter shite. But that said, it gets the job done. USB shows up as a source and there you go. It comes with some sort of Bias software, but there's NFW I'm putting anything from an included CD-ROM in my computer if that CD-ROM doesn't come from a reputable company like, say, Apogee. Never have, never will.
In any event, if you just want to fuck around with some scratchy yard-sale records, it's great fun. If you're looking for a quality way to get your 180-gram audiophile pressing of "Kind Of Blue" in to your computer, look at a real rig. This thing is junk.