Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Got LPs? Eight-Tracks? Then You Need This -- Review

You know, when the Powers That Be decided we no longer needed LPs, I decided to become a hermit.

Of course, I didn't become a hermit, because that would entail moving to an isolated cave somewhere in a wheatfield, and having to kill my own buffalo and sheep, and till my own soil, and I might break a nail or, worse yet, break out into a sweat. Not only that, but it would also mean not being able to visit Starbucks or watch endless episodes of True Beauty because I'd have no cable, let alone an electrical outlet, so that just wasn't going to happen.


So, when I got this little package of goodness in the mail, thanks to Mom Fuse, I jumped for joy. No longer was I going to have to be sad that all my favourite music, most on LPs, would never be listened to again. No longer would I be a total slave to the music gods who deemed LPs the devil, while they introduced CDs, MP3s and all other things digital, leaving the analog to die a quick and sudden death of shame. Never again would I have to re-buy all my fave albums in CD format, spending loads of money I don't have.





This little baby, The Honestech Audio Recorder 2.0, takes cassettes, 8-tracks (remember those?) and LPs, and turns them into audio CDs and MP3 CDs, as well as MP3 files, and WAV files that you can then listen to on your Ipod (which I'd have to borrow from my daughter), or any other portable music player you may have lying around.

So, being the technical wizard I am (NOT), I was honestly a little afraid to try the recorder out. I was afraid I would once again realize how inept I am, and since I already am fully aware of this, I didn't feel I needed more reminding. However, I have to say I was more than pleasantly surprised with the ease in which I could use this product when I finally bit the bullet and tried it, and all without building up a sweat or breaking a fingernail!

All I needed to do was directly plug the recorder into a USB port on my computer, and the other end of the cable into the stereo or cassette recorder (I used my turntable on the stereo). That was it! I played the music, and the audio recorder took it and directly translated it to my USB. I don't think you can get anything simpler than that.

With this version of the audio recorder, you can also get a lot fancier with your recording if you really want to. I didn't go this far with it, but I probably will when I have more time. In this advanced mode, you can apparently split the audio track into multiple tracks, adjust the volume, remove static, and a bunch of other nifty things, giving the end result more clarity and more polish.

So, a big YES to the Honestech Audio Recorder 2.0, for anyone who wants to transfer any of their analog music with ease. If I can do it, anyone can!

4 comments:

Tina said...

that looks like a little beauty, hope you having fun using it

Braja said...

How cool...of course I haven't had LP's since Adam played fullback for Jerusalem...

Jenni Jiggety said...

What a cool idea! Enjoy!

Kristen Andrews said...

that is pretty neat, I actually don't have any of those!


View my page on Moms Helping Moms