ION U Record USB Audio Recording Kit - £6 @ Tesco (Instore)
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ION U Record USB Audio Recording Kit - £6 @ Tesco (Instore)

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Found 25th Sep 2011
Another day and another instore only deal, but I thought I’d post this a Tesco Lakeside had about 30-40 of these sitting on the shelves.

This is the ION U Record USB Audio Recording Kit. A great little box that will connect to your Turntable and convert your beloved old vinyl into crappy MP3 format using the included software.

Not bad for £6. Most places seem to be selling it upwards of £30.

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    Original Poster
    http://www.steveconrad.co.uk/jason/ion.jpg
    Do you think it's only Tesco in Lakeside who have that deal or elsewhere aswell?
    Is there a new Tesco's department dedicated to pimping products online?
    Wish I had a Tesco within 40 miles of where I live

    There were a few of these in Risca last I looked, but weren't priced up at £6. Wouldn't have one for free myself. Nearly all PC's have means to hook a turntable up. Use Audacity to record etc.

    FocusZing

    Is there a new Tesco's department dedicated to pimping products online?


    No but there seems to be a new bunch of whinging moaners on HUKD free of charge
    Edited by: "anewman" 25th Sep 2011
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    anewman

    Nearly all PC's have means to hook a turntable up. Use Audacity to record … Nearly all PC's have means to hook a turntable up. Use Audacity to record etc.



    This simply isn't true. It's safe to say most PC's have a microphone input but it's not as simple as taking the phono from a turntable a plugging it into the PC with a phono to jack lead.
    jaypr

    This simply isn't true. It's safe to say most PC's have a microphone … This simply isn't true. It's safe to say most PC's have a microphone input but it's not as simple as taking the phono from a turntable a plugging it into the PC with a phono to jack lead.



    No you take from the stereo headphone socket to the mic socket on your pc. works good.
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    markvirgo

    No you take from the stereo headphone socket to the mic socket on your … No you take from the stereo headphone socket to the mic socket on your pc. works good.



    Yes, so your saying that you need an additional amplifier or your turntable connected to a hi-fi system. It will not work with a standalone turntable.

    Edited by: "jaypr" 26th Sep 2011
    FocusZing

    Is there a new Tesco's department dedicated to pimping products online?



    No, but there are bunch of miserable gits who keep trying to knock some of the best deals seen on HUKD in ages. It may take a bit of effort to find them though so you may want to leave them for the rest of us who realise nothing comes to those who wait and moan.
    dela3011

    Wish I had a Tesco within 40 miles of where I live



    And I wish i didn't had any Tesco around . I never found Tesco in-store deals in Tesco home or Tesco
    jaypr

    Yes, so your saying that you need an additional amplifier or your … Yes, so your saying that you need an additional amplifier or your turntable connected to a hi-fi system. It will not work with a standalone turntable.



    Turns out turntables themselves don't work without some kind of amplifier...So I think you can assume that most people who have access to a turntable will have something suitable...
    Besford

    No, but there are bunch of miserable gits who keep trying to knock some … No, but there are bunch of miserable gits who keep trying to knock some of the best deals seen on HUKD in ages. It may take a bit of effort to find them though so you may want to leave them for the rest of us who realise nothing comes to those who wait and moan.



    I certainly never vote these deals cold as they are undoubtedly great bargains if you can get one.
    It's clear, though, that most are unobtainable by the majority of people who use this site.
    Although I might have given up chasing these near-mythical Tesco deals I applaud the finders who post them.

    Heat added . . .
    Just a soundcard made simple still a good buy though hot!
    jaypr

    Yes, so your saying that you need an additional amplifier or your … Yes, so your saying that you need an additional amplifier or your turntable connected to a hi-fi system. It will not work with a standalone turntable.



    jaypr

    This simply isn't true. It's safe to say most PC's have a microphone … This simply isn't true. It's safe to say most PC's have a microphone input but it's not as simple as taking the phono from a turntable a plugging it into the PC with a phono to jack lead.


    Why is it not that simple?
    This device has two inputs - a left and right phono (red and white sockets) and a 3/4" jack. If you have the necessary cables to connect your turntable to this device, then you also have the necessary cables to connect straight to your PC's mic/line-in. So surely all this is is a handy, external analogue-digital converter.
    Edited by: "reddragon105" 26th Sep 2011
    idiophreak

    Turns out turntables themselves don't work without some kind of … Turns out turntables themselves don't work without some kind of amplifier...So I think you can assume that most people who have access to a turntable will have something suitable...



    You need RIAA equalisation as well as amplification, which is fine if you have an old hifi amp. laying around, but a bit trickier otherwise. Personally I sue on of these (won't get one for 6 quid though)

    gear4music.com/Rec…_p_

    No you take from the stereo headphone socket to the mic socket on your … No you take from the stereo headphone socket to the mic socket on your pc. works good.



    You can record straight from the phono outputs on a turntable, but even with the mic gain turned up to full it sounds a bit quiet and tinny. If you can switch the input on your PC to 'line' and boost the input recording settings, depending on the PC and software you use, it should be OK. If you have no audio software then Windows Movie maker will do in a pinch, or Apple Garageband or iMovie (I successfully recorded from a turntable into Apple Soundtrack this way). There's plenty of free audio editing software online if you look- Audacity is one. It works, but it's horrible to use.
    Pretty handy device and good price

    Though can't say I've ever seen them for sale even at their original price in any Tesco I've ever been in
    Not bad but Im sure it could help some people.
    dela3011

    Wish I had a Tesco within 40 miles of where I live



    where do you live? A north sea oil rig? There is about 40 tescos ONE mile of where I live.
    tesco have poisoned this site
    I got one when they were in this thread .....

    hotukdeals.com/dea…53/

    .... at £6-00 then, but it was un-priced.
    Very HOT, Must be worth buying a bundle of these...

    maxmix
    Just to chime in regarding the recording straight to mic/line in input of your PC argument, it's not quite as simple as that. Most turntables (including Technics SL1210's) output at Phono Level. If you plug this into a Line Input it will sound crap, likewise plugging Line Level output into a Phono Level input it will sound poor. And also possibly damaging to your equipment. I don't understand the exact technical bits of it.

    But suffice to say, this little device will discern between the two with a flick of a switch - there is a phono <> line switch on the front of the ION-U if you look closely.
    Found one in the Tescos in Twin Peaks. Cold.
    earwolfigz

    tesco have poisoned this site



    Yeah, too many good clearance deals.

    Go away!
    spamcan61

    You need RIAA equalisation as well as amplification, which is fine if you … You need RIAA equalisation as well as amplification, which is fine if you have an old hifi amp. laying around, but a bit trickier otherwise. Personally I sue on of these (won't get one for 6 quid though)http://www.gear4music.com/Recording-and-Computers/Behringer-U-Phono-UFO202-USB-Vinyl-Audio-Interface/AMM?tmcampid=17&tmad=c&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=behringer%20UFO202&utm_campaign=Product+Line&utm_content=sbd0PacsQ_pcrid_14170302559_plid__kword_behringer%20UFO202_match_p_



    Any chance you know of a device you can plug WebCam in as well?? Cheers
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