How to Connect a Turntable Directly to a Computer USB Adapter

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How to Connect a Turntable Directly to a Computer USB Adapter
Turntable (close up of professional DJ"s turntable image by TEA from Fotolia.com)

A turntable plays various size records. It outputs audio via RCA cables (the red and white audio cables). These cables carry an analogue signal that must be converted to a digital signal when recording to a computer. A USB adaptor connects to a USB port and acts like the computer's sound card. Many USB adaptors can accept RCA inputs that the adaptor translates into a digital signal for use with the computer.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Turntable
  • RCA cables
  • USB adaptor
  • Computer
  • USB cable

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect the red and white connectors on the RCA cable to the RCA jacks on the back of the turntable.

    How to Connect a Turntable Directly to a Computer USB Adapter
    An example of RCA cables (rca cables isolated image by JoLin from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Connect the other end of the RCA cables into a RCA input on the USB adaptor.

  3. 3

    Connect a USB cable from the USB adaptor to an open USB port on the computer.

Tips and warnings

  • There are many turntables available now that have direct USB connectivity.

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