Sony PS-LX300USB and Windows 7
Audacity software and music
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This USB Turntable will work with Windows 7, but there is one highly sensitive setting, that I have, with experimentation, almost cured. I have detailed my experiences with the included software. Others have found the Audacity software better. The latest version, 1.3.14, is found here http://audacity.sourceforge.net

Sony Software: there is a basic problem concerning the actual naming of the imported tracks. Even if recognised it is impossible to name more than seven. More than that, the programme will save the tracks under their position on the disc and the album title only.

Also, often a list is shown of the number of tracks that the programme found, but one cannot always enter data in the displayed rows.

In one case, five tracks were found, but entries were only possible for three. That the track discovery is open in a box on screen prevents editing the track points.

The software that comes with the turntable, Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio 9 LE, installs easily.
It is a 32-bit programme, originally for Windows XP.

The LP record stage, found under Tools, is shown here:
(click to enlarge)
Follow the instructions, and note that one should pause and turn over the LP if one prefers a set consistent with the original ordering. In this case do not expect to be able to name more than a few of the tracks.

Assuming that they are all discovered, one can save the recording, but not all of the titles.
The major problem is that when arriving at track recognition, the sound level setting is very, very sensitive.
 
See Experiences, below the Windows 7 set up.
Necessary technical matters to make the turntable work on Windows 7:

I am using an X64 version of Windows 7 Ultimate. Computer: HP XW8200, 16GB ECC RAM; several TB drive space.

Here is the Windows 7 Control Panel: the Sound applet is what you're after:

Here, under 'Sound', is what I see. Note that 'Speakers' are there twice. It is far better, if one has anything in the front USB connectors, to use the rear ports on your computer for the Sony USB cable. Note, too, that the important item is the USB Audio CODEC.


The next image shows, under 'Recording' how to reach 'Properties' for the Microphone USB Audio CODEC



Clicking on Microphone for USB Audio CODEC brings this:


Ensure that under 'Listen' that the 'Listen to this device' box is ticked. Also, ensure that your computer's speakers are noted in 'Playback through this device':


Now, under 'Levels' make really sure that the Microphone indicator is at the bottom end. Setting it at 2 or 3 seems to be best.
It depends on the LP whether the tracks will be recognised at level of 3. Two works better, but the volume set by the software is noticeably lower, too. Otherwise, when recording at higher 'Microphone' levels there will be too much variation, the Sound Forge application will show completely blue, which is a sign of total distortion of the recording and the tracks will not be found by the programme. Not good!


Under 'Advanced', pick which channels, bits, Hz you want. I want the highest, and why not?
Ensure it is 2 channel, otherwise no stereo!

Questions? You could email questions@mattoid.com. I trust that I have an answer!

Experiences

RIP Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) of problems related to multiple sclerosis (2010-12-17).

Here is an mp3 that I made using the turntable and Sound Forge, at a sound level of 4. It has been imported, using iTunes, from my computer to my iPod and it works, except that only one named track is visible, although all are there. That means that the sound level was set too high.

The mp3 is of the first Joan Armatrading LP (when she was 22; she became 60 on December 10th., 2010), 'Whatever's For Us', Cube Records HIFLY 12, 1972, and is not available on iTunes! It was named the first track on side one. The second side is included in this forty minute, 50MB file!

An improvement! Here is the Joan Armatrading LP in several tracks; there is an error at the end of the naming of tracks, but . . .
Mp3: My Family/City Girl; Spend a Little Time; Whatever's For Us, For Us, Child Star/Visionary Mountains; It Could Have Been Better, Head of the Table/Mister Remember Me/Gave It A Try/Alice; Conversation/Mean Old Man/All the Kings' Gardens; and what was left! The programme lurched when naming tracks for the final four on the second side. The sound level was at 3. This set was imported to my iPod successfully.

Another try has resulted in Sound Forge, using Richard & Linda Thompson's 'Shoot Out the Lights', 1982, recognising three 'tracks' out of eight! This is a really good folk rock LP related to the break-up of their marriage! Track one (4), track two (3), track three (1). Sound level of 3. At least it is playable!

Success! At a sound level of 2, I digitized Frank Zappa's 'Over-Nite Sensation'. All the tracks were recognised: Camarillo Brillo, I'm the Slime, Dirty Love, Fifty-Fifty, Zomby Woof, Dinah Moe Humm, Montana.

I followed that with Captain Beefheart's 'The Spotlight Kid': there was a partly successful recognition of tracks. The third was separated into two. Plus, when trying to name the tracks, it failed to add more than seven, just like the Joan Armatrading example.

Blabber 'n Smoke pauses abruptly after 46 seconds, which confuses the software. So, that's a bug! The tracks with numbers following the titles show up simply as numbers with the album title. Doesn't matter when one is listening to them!

Here are 'The Spotlight Kid' tracks: I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby; White Jam; Blabber 'n Smoke 1; Blabber 'n Smoke 2; When It Blows Its Stack; Alice in Blunderland; The Spotlight Kid; Click Clack 08; Grow Fins 09; There Ain't No Santa Claus on the Evenin' Stage 10; Glider 11.

Furthermore: one might think that one could import one side, with up to seven tracks, and then start another session with the other side (the LP having two sides, same Title and Artiste for both). That's fine if the tracks are named by you assuming that they are recognised by Sound Forge. But, if not, then a conflict might arise with the remainder, which simply rely on assigned numbers. On the other hand, if there are more than seven total tracks, one is able to name them all, in general, by separating the sides. Swings and roundabouts.

It is clear that if one starts another session for the second side then the numbering affects the natural placing of the songs on the original LP. When importing to iTunes, the tracks all appear, but in whatever order it apparently chooses. That happened with Cream's Goodbye, and The Paul Butterfield Band LPs.

It would seem that the most critical setting is for Sound Levels (see illustration above).
I seem to be able to operate the turntable and software reasonably correctly with the level set at 2.
At a setting of 3, too many track errors arise, but the music plays better.
There are too many recognition errors, no matter how low the sound level is set.

One page of interest: http://apcmag.com/sonys_usb_turntable_turns_lps_into_mp3s.htm

Oh? Not for sale at Sony Style any more? : http://www.sonystyle.ca/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10151&catalogId=10551&langId=-1&productId=8198552921665361524

It remains on sale on-line, at the sale price!

Caveats found by December 12th;
I have been recording several LPs. It is probable that some tracks will be recorded in two, or more, parts. Even if they are named in sequence, don't expect them to be imported into your iPod, or whatever, in that sequence. This has happened too many times not to be a nuisance.

Also, I have begun recording one side at a time. This means that when imported the two sides will be combined alphabetically and not as the record has them. That's not, generally, of any real consequence.

Furthermore, the balance between having an adequate recording level has to be balanced by the fact that anything set at 3 or higher will mean that many tracks will NOT be recognised. That is frustrating. Obviously the Sound Forge software is purportedly designed for importing music. That the LP is under the Tools section makes me wonder how significant it is in the larger scheme of things to the programmers.

In my opinion, if it's there, it should work seamlessly. It does not, but it does provide relative success.

December 13th., 2010: I sent in a review to Sony several days ago. It has not appeared even after the 72 hour approval period. So, something wrong with this article? I hardly think so!

Also, this URL was included in several emails to Sony Support. Sony stated they really like constructive criticism.

What do you think?