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How to Connect a Turntable Directly to a Computer USB Adapter

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

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

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

  4. Tip

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

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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Dean Lee began writing in 2008, with articles appearing on various websites. Lee is currently a network technician with both Cisco Certified Network Associate and Security+ certifications. Lee graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and later completed a Master of Arts in communication at Regent University.

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