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STANTON T.55USB TURNTABLE

Stanton T.55 USB Turntable

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The Stanton T.55 USB is a great all-around belt drive turntable that also features USB and S/PDIF outputs so you can easily use the deck to transfer the music on your vinyl records onto your PC or Mac to create music files to be used with CDs or MP3 players such as iPod. To make things even simpler, we‘ve included the software you can use to transfer and edit the music files, so you can remove any pops and clicks that are common when
playing vinyl records. The Stanton T.55 USB also comes with the professional Stanton 500.v3 cartridge for perfect audio fidelity and perfect compatibility. Not just a tool for vinyl transfer, this deck is also a perfect fit for the novice or intermediate level DJ.

Stanton T.55 USB Features :
Easy to operate belt-drive turntable with professional features
USB Output for easily transferring music from vinyl records to your Mac or PC or to be used with DVS systems.
Includes software for transferring and editing music files
Includes audiophile-quality Stanton 500.v3 cartridge
Straight tonearm improves tracking for scratching
2 Playback speeds (33 or 45 RPM)
2 Start/Stop switches for Mix or Battle setup
RCA stereo outputs
Manual Pitch Control Fader (+/- 10% Adjustment)
Accessories include RCA cables, slip mat, and dust cover

Pyro 5 (Cakewalk ) resources :
Intel or AMD processor, 1.5 GHz or better
Windows 2000/XP
CD-R or CD-RW burner
DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVDRW burner
Mac you can use the freeware recording software Audacity available at www.audacity.de.REVIEW:

History
Vinyl will never completely die. Despite being dethroned by cassette tapes, bludgeoned by CDs, and pummeled by MP3s, records are still out there and the people who love them are rabidly enthusiastic about the medium. Still, despite being the most public face of vinyl's livelihood, many DJs actually have divided feelings about its practicality. The allure of trading in a back-breaking crate of records for a palm-size hard drive loaded with digital audio is a convenience few DJs can resist. The problem then becomes converting your existing investment in often-rare vinyl into a quality-sounding digital audio file. One solution is to purchase a high-quality computer audio card, recording software, and a phono-to-line preamp that can bridge between the antiquated phono outputs of your existing turntable and the modern line inputs of your computer audio card. However, USB-compatible turntables like the Stanton T.55 ($435 list, $399 street) offer a much tidier solution by combining a turntable, computer audio card, phono-to-line preamp, and bundled recording software all in one product.

Design
The Stanton T.55 turntable is impressive looking, with sleek lines, well-placed features, and a build quality that inspires confidence. The T.55 measures 17-inches wide, 14.5-inches deep, and 5.5-inches tall (including tone arm). Much of the T.55's exterior is made from high-grade plastic, which compared with venerable turntable staples such as the Technics SL-1200, feels a bit less professional. Sacrificing an all-metal body has an advantage, however, because the T.55 feels much lighter than many professional turntables.

Features
While the Stanton T.55 has a dizzying array of features compared to most consumer turntables, it's only about average compared to many modern DJ turntables such as the Numark TTX and Vestax PDX-2300MK2 Pro. There's a mode selector switch for 33, 45, and 78RPMs, dual start/stop brakes, a reverse button, pitch control with selectable 8 percent and 12 percent ranges, and a key-lock mode for digitally modifying a song's speed independent of pitch. On the back you'll find a USB port for connecting to your computer, stereo RCA outputs with a switch for phono or line impedance, an S/PDIF digital coaxial output, and a power switch.

The T.55 comes bundled with two programs, Audacity and Cakewalk Pyro 5. Audacity is a free, open-source audio recording and editing program available for both Mac and Windows. It has a powerful set of features but it's not designed for novices. Users looking for the shortest route to recording your vinyl will want to install Cakewalk's Pyro 5 software (Windows only). Pyro is both intuitive and streamlined specifically to you looking to archive LPs, CDs, cassettes, and DVDs.

Using Pyro 5 to record vinyl was a snap. You can record an entire side of an LP in one pass, then later go though and clean up the recording, separate tracks, and export them to WAV, MP3, or WMA files.

Performance
Connecting the T.55 to our Windows XP machine was an astounding success. The native USB audio drivers were recognized immediately, and no installations were required in order for our machine to recognize the T.55 as both a recording and a playback device. After installing and running Cakewalk Pyro 5 and selecting the "Make CDs from your cassettes and LPs" option from Pyro's menu, we were soon off and digitizing vinyl into WAV, MP3, and WMA files.

The audio fidelity was as good as can be expected from old, scratchy records. The built-in audio card records 16-bit at 44.1khz (which you can upscale to 48khz). Because the Stanton T.55 doubles as both a recording and a playback interface for your computer's audio, you can instantly play back the results of your digitally recorded vinyl through the T.55's RCA outputs--but there's more. The T.55 will even allow you to simultaneously mix your computer's audio and your turntable's audio into the same output--bridging both the analog and digital worlds. What DJs do with this feature is up to your imaginations.

Final thoughts
The Stanton T.55 turntable is a great tool for aspiring and professional DJs. If you're only looking for a means to digitize your collection of vinyl gems, you'd be much better off purchasing a simpler, consumer-grade USB turntable like the Ion iTTUSB or just purchasing a quality computer audio card and outfitting your existing turntable with a phono-to-line preamp such as the Rolls VP29.

The good: The Stanton T.55 turntable has most of the features DJs are looking for in a professional turntable. The USB recording functionality and bundled software are easy to use and produce great results.

The bad: This turntable is overkill for you who simply want to digitize your vinyl collection, and it may not be professional enough for others looking for cutting-edge features.

The bottom line: Although it's not a one-size-fits-all product, the Stanton T.55 turntable is a great tool for today's modern DJ--seamlessly bridging the worlds of analog and digital audio.

SHIPPING INFO: 21 X 18 X 8 - 24 LBS.

Tone Arm & Cartridge Settings

The major cause of problems in sound and skipping on the vinyl is the lack of proper set-up of the needle and turntable adjustments. The needle is designed to operate at a specific angle to the vinyl. The commonly used 'S-Arm' turntable has several adjustments to correctly position the needle to the vinyl.

1. The first adjustment is the correct installation of the cartridge. Your Stanton cartridge is to be mounted into the headshell as per the mounting instructions included with every cartridge. The 500, 680 and 890 series of cartridges require the use of the two screw mounting into the headshell. For your convenience, these products can be purchased already mounted and per-adjusted from your local Stanton dealer. If you are using these 1/2" mounted products with a headshell in a mobile application or you are doing heavy scratching, you might benefit by using the extra shell weight provided. Once you have installed your cartridge into the headshell. The Master series of products are designed with your own mounting that eliminates the need for a separate headshell and the wiring to the cartridge. The body of the cartridge should be parallel with the centerline of the headshell-tonearm, when viewed from the front to the back.

2. The second adjustment is at the installation of the cartridge-headshell assembly into the tonearm tube lock. Holding the tone arm tube in one hand, insert the cartridge-headshell into the tube lock with the other hand. Turn the lock ring clockwise (when viewed from the rear) until the headshell is locked tightly into the tonearm. Remove the needle protector from the cartridge and place the needle on a record. View the needle from the front and insure that the needle is perpendicular to the record surface. If some adjustment is needed, simply loosen the lock ring and rotate the cartridge-headshell until the needle is perpendicular to the record surface. Then re-tighten the lock ring. See fig. 1

3. The third adjustment is the needle (or stylus) pressure. Start with the cartridge-headshell assemble mounted into the tone arm. Remove any needle protectors provided. With the tone arm free, adjust the tone arm counterweight by rotating the rear section until the tone arm floats in a balanced condition above the record or mat.See fig. 2 and 3.

Do not allow the needle to drop onto the mat or the turntable platter during this adjustment. You might damage the needle tip. Now, carefully hold the tonearm in one hand while rotating the numbered ring on the front of the counterweight with the other hand to the "o" setting. Next, without touching the numbered ring, rotate the rear counterweight until the desired needle pressure reading is next to the line on top of the tonearm tube.See fig. 4.

4. The forth adjustment is the anti-skate adjustment. If you are using the turntable for playback or recording only, then set the anti-skate adjustment to the same number as the needle pressure setting. If you are using the turntable for back cueing, scratching or other record manipulation, then set the anti-skate setting to "0".See fig. 3.

5. The fifth and last adjustment is that of the tonearm height. This will set the tonearm pivot and needle relation with the vinyl. Unlock the tonearm base located in the base of the pivot assembly. Rotate the height adjust ring in the pivot base to read the correct setting for the height of the cartridge that you are using. Check the cartridge/arm height table for the correct setting. Be certain to re-lock the pivot base when adjustment is completed. See fig. 5.

The above are correct tone arm settings when using a Stanton cartridge on a standard 'S-Arm' turntable. Please make certain that the tone arm is balanced to float horizontal above the platter at "0" setting before dialing in the desired correct stylus pressure.

Note ://STR8 Series TT

Settings for Stanton STR8 series of Turntable

The Stanton STR8 series of turntables are designed specifically for the scratching DJ. Due to the special straight line tone arm, they do not have an antiskate control setting. They do not have a tone arm height adjustment. You do not have to make any settings for antiskate or tone arm height. Please follow all other instructions as below.

Manufacturer recommended settings for optimum performance with Stanton Cartridges:

500 series:
500.V3, 505.V3, 520.V3

"0" antiskate setting
"1" tone arm height setting without headshell weight;
"2" if using extra weight
2 to 5 grams stylus pressure setting.

600 series:
680.V3, 680E.V3

"0" antiskate setting
"4" tone arm height setting without headshell weight;
"5" if using extra weight
2 to 5 grams stylus pressure setting.

890 FS

"0" antiskate setting
"4" tone arm height setting without headshell weight;
"5" if using extra weight
2 to 5 grams tonearm weight for SA
1 to 3 grams tonearm weight for RM

Master series:
Groovemaster.V3

"0" on the antiskate
"0" on the tonearm height adjustment
2 to 5 grams on the stylus pressure adjustment

Trackmaster.V3

"0" on the antiskate "0" on the tonearm height adjustment 4 to 5 grams on the stylus pressure adjustment

 

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