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USB Turntable ⇢ Computer

In recent years, turntables equipped with USB audio output have become commonplace. If you want to play vinyl at home but you don’t have the gear, we suggest you consider this kind of turntable. in most cases, they act as input audio devices and the signal is line instead of phono, so you will need neither an audio interface with audio inputs nor a phono stage o DJ mixer to amplify the audio signal.

Turntable ⇢ Audio Interface w/ Phono Stage ⇢ Computer

If your audio interface has phono inputs, follow these steps:

  1. Connect the turntable audio output into a stereo phono channel in your audio interface.
  2. If there is a button or switch to choose between line and phono, select phono. 
  3. On Amp FreQQ, open the Audio Status window and select your audio interface as Audio Input.

Turntable ⇢ Phono Stage ⇢Audio Interface ⇢ Computer

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Turntable w/ Line Output⇢ Audio Interface ⇢ Computer

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Turntable ⇢ DJ Mixer ⇢Audio Interface ⇢ Computer

As a standard practice, all Dj mixers have at least 2 stereo phono channels. These have specific electroacoustic components to amplify the weak audio signal that the needle picks up from the vinyl grooves, or better said, to restore it back to normal. You will find a button or switch above each channel of any DJ mixer, giving you 2 or 3 options. Usually, 1 of them will be labeled as phono.

  1. Connect the master out of your mixer into a stereo channel on your audio interface
  2. On Amp FreQQ, open the Audio Status window and select your audio interface as Audio Input.
  3. Disable mute by clicking on the red buttons just above the gain faders for Inputs 1 & 2.
  4. Turn up the gain fader for Inputs 1 & 2 all the way up .
  5. On the mixer, make sure every channel you connected a turntable into is set to phono.
  6. Set a flat EQ (the knob at the middle position, and slide the fader all the way up.
  7. If the audio is weak, use the channel gain/trim knob to boost the signal. Generally, you will find it right above the EQ knobs.
  8. Set the master output level accordingly to feed Amp FreQQ a healthy, dynamic audio signal, avoiding saturation and/or distortion.

Turntable ⇢ DJ Mixer w/ Built-in Audio Interface ⇢ Computer

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Toubleshooting

Take care of you gear and your ears

Before and while going thru any kind of sound check, always keep the master output at a low level. If you need to disconnect or disable an audio device, first power off your speakers to avoid XXXXXX. If you have a mixer connected between the computer and your speakers or sound system, lowering the mixer master output all the way down will do.

I can hear the song on Amp FreQQ, I see the VU meters moving up and down, but if I turn inputs 1&2 down, I can still hear the vinyl.

Most likely, the audio from the turntable is going both into Amp FreQQ and into another app or thru your system audio. 

Go thru these steps:

  1. Close Amp FreQQ. If you can still hear the audio from your turntable coming out of your audio system, go thru this list and you will be back on the vibes in no time.
  2. Check System Preferences, click on Sound and go to the Input tab, and make sure the device currently selected is not letting any audio in (Mac) or xxxxxxxxxxxxx (Windows)
  3. If you can still hear the audio from your turntable coming out of your audio system, please check if your audio interface (sound card) comes with a program to configure its inputs and outputs. If you are not sure about this, we recommend you visit the manufacturer’s website or contact our team. The issue is most likely to be solved by muting some output channel on your audio interface.

I can't hear the song, but I see the VU meters moving up and down.

Go thru these check-list:

  1. Make sure the master output is not all the way down (handle with care).
  2. Make sure the kills are not on.
  3. Make sure the main knob on the dub filter is all the way to the left.

I can't hear the song and I can't see anything on the screen indicating audio is coming in.

Go thru these check-list:

  1. Go to Audio Settings (second dark button on the top area of the window)
  2. Make sure Input Device is set to the device handling the audio signal from the turntable (can be the turntable itself, in case of it being an USB-equipped unit).
  3. Click on ⏻ icon (upper left corner of the Audio Status window). Blue means on. If it is either black or orange, click on it and wait a couple of seconds. It should be blue by now.