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The Usb Record Player Makes Music Great Again

The USB Record Player is one of those gadgets that have slowly had an increase in demand over recent years. This has been due to the interest in helping to bring back to life lots of those old 45s on Vinyl. Remember all those old classics that you collected since you were a teenager?

Well, time can stand still once again as these latest gadgets can make the whole process of converting your old vinyl music, from 33s, 45s and even 78s, as easy as 1 2 3. And the great thing about these gadgets is they dont have to cost an arm and a leg either. With prices ranging from around 40 (or even cheaper) for the basic model to 400 for the professional models, which can even record straight to your iPod.

So what can these gadgets really do and what are the most popular and reliable ones available? For a start they really are a simple piece of equipment. All they contain are a turntable and a lead, which connects between the record play and the USB port on your computer (MAC and PC compatible). Hence why they are commonly referred to as the USB Record Player.

Plus, they also come with software that then allows you to convert the vinyl music to other digital formats such as the popular MP3 or even WAV. The software is also required to help clean up all the skips and bumps that you find on old vinyl records. So the quality of software provided and its ability to help clean the older music is very important.

Because of the plug and play nature of this gadget it isnt necessary to install any additional software drivers. This also ensures its ease of use, even for first time users of anything technical. Simply put, all you need to do is power on the USB Record Player, put on one of your old records and then plug it into your computer where you can then start the software provided. Follow the on-screen instructions and start converting. Simple!

Of all the USB record players that you find the most popular is the ION. This also appears under the Numark label and it has a number of excellent USB turntables in the range. And the KAM is also very popular with 3 main models in its range. In fact one of the models is professional quality, which consists of two turntables and is widely used by DJs.

With the ION you can choose from the ITTUSB-05, which is, the Classic style player to the latest iPod Dock that can record straight to your iPod. And for something in between there is the ION Contemporary or iTTUSB-10.

Other turntables that do similar jobs are the Jam, Stageline and Lenco series. All offering pretty much the standard box full of bits and pieces along with the USB record player.

If you are looking to spend lots of time converting a lot of old records then its important to make sure and get the record player that can handle all the old RPMs i.e. 33, 45 and 78. Some dont handle all, although there is software that you can buy that will also help if your particular USB record player is not up to the job.

So, get searching in the loft and pull all those old favourites and breathe some life back into the music again.

What’s A Quick Breakdown Of Jobs In The Music Industry

There’s a lot more to the music industry than standing up on stage and singing your heart out. A love of music is a key ingredient in all jobs in the music industry – but we all show our love in different ways. Not all jobs in the music industry are about performing. If you’re interested in making music a part of your working life, there are interesting jobs in the music industry that make use of the skills that you have.

What sort of jobs can you find in the music industry? Everyone knows about musicians and performers, or course, but there’s an entire industry devoted to supporting, producing, teaching, publicizing and supporting performers. If you’re looking for jobs in the music industry, here are just some of the careers you might consider.

Music Teacher

A music teacher may work in a public or private school, have a job with a social agency that offers enrichment, or give private lessons. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 3 in 10 music teachers are self-employed, and many music teachers only teach part time. There were about 253,000 music teacher jobs in 2004, but that number is expected to grow faster than jobs in other industries as baby boomers continue to embrace lifelong learning. The median salary for a music teacher is $14.85 per hour.

Music Ministry

A music minister is far more than the Church organist. Under the direction of a senior clergyman, a music minister may organize the choir, participate in planning of musical events for a church, encourage attendance in church and help parishioners develop and present their own musical worship and praise. The American Guild of Organists offers salary guidelines for Music Ministers that range from $31,000 for a minister with a Service Playing Certificate to $67,000 for a music minister with a Doctorate in Sacred Organ Music.

A&R Scouts, Coordinators and Administrators

If you have a good ear for music and a good grasp of what people like to hear, you could find a career in the A&R (Artists & Repertoire) area. Among the most fun jobs in the music industry, A&R scouts and other professionals actively seek out talent for record labels and production companies. A&R scouts visit clubs and concerts, listen to demo tapes and watch videos to find new talent, and are often responsible for finding songs for existing talent to perform.

Music Therapist

Do you believe in the healing power of music? Music therapists work either independently or in nursing homes, schools and other institutions to use music as an aid to healing, bring enjoyment to patients at varying stages of recovery, relieve pain and provide emotional comfort to patients with various physical and emotional illnesses. For a musician who wants to feel good about his or her work, it could be among the most rewarding of jobs in the music industry.


From freelance to staff songwriting positions, there are many jobs in the music industry for songwriters. You may work alone to write and produce your own songs, work as a staff writer for a record or publishing company, write jingles and ads for the radio or television advertisements, perform your own work in front of an audience or never sing a note. You may write just the words, please, concentrate on the composition of instrumental pieces or write both.

These are just a small sampling of the kinds of jobs you might find in the music industry. For more information, you can take a look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook. A career in the music industry can offer far more than a weekly salary. If you enjoy music, can write, play or perform music, or just know music inside out, then you may find your career niche in one of the many jobs in the music industry.