The ION USB Turntable with iPod Dock is a USB vinyl turntable that offers a new function, the ability to record directly to an iPod without the need for a PC.
Like ION's previous turntable products, the ION USB Turntable with iPod Dock can be linked to a PC via USB and allows users to convert 33rpm and 45rpm vinyl music recordings into MP3 format, which can then be burnt to CD or transferred to iPods and other digital music players.
The ION USB Turntable with iPod Dock also offers a new function, the ability to record directly to an iPod without the need for a PC.
Unlike ION's Portable USB turntable, the ION USB Turntable with iPod Dock involves some fiddly setting up before its ready to use.
If vinyl is a mystery to you, you'll be grateful for ION's step-by-step instructions. They provide expert help through every aspect, including hooking the rubber belt over the motor spindle and positioning the weight on the Tone arm. Within a few minutes we were ready to record vinyl direct to our iPod.
We found the ION USB Turntable with iPod Dock very easy to use. We simply slotted our iPod on to the dock and selected the Record menu button on the righthand side of the turntable – this brought up the Voice Memo menu on our iPod.
After starting the ION USB Turntable with iPod Dock up and positioning the needle, we simply pressed Select to start the recording and then used the dial, also on the righthand side of the turntable to select the ‘stop and save' option on the iPod.
To play back the track we selected the Voice Memo menu (located under Extras) and were presented with a decent quality audio file.
The iPod automatically named the track based on the time and number of the recording in that session. As soon as we connected our iPod to iTunes, we were asked if we wanted to transfer the ‘Voice Memos' to our library. Upon connecting the iPod to iTunes, we also found the track was automatically moved to a playlist and couldn't be accessed through the Voice Memo menu anymore.
ION doesn't recommend renaming the tracks in iTunes. It highlights that the iPod may not be able to find the tracks, and instead connect the turntable to a PC via USB and rip the vinyl to MP3 which offers a naming function. When we renamed the track in iTunes, however, the iPod didn't have any problems locating it.