ION Audio produces a range of USB Turntable and Cassette players that allow you to easily convert your records or cassettes into MP3 files on your computer. In this guide, we walk through connecting the device, setting up and using the included EZ Converter software, and importing your audio into iTunes. We also cover common questions and troubleshooting.
EZ Vinyl/Tape Converter is supported on the following computer operating systems:
|PC/Windows||Mac OS X|
|Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10||OS X 10.4 - OS X 10.11|
Our The EZ Vinyl/Tape Converter (included with your ION turntable or cassete player) is used to transfer your music to the computer and automatically split the songs up accordingly. Once you have your songs saved to your computer, you can use a software like iTunes to organize them and convert them to MP3. Even if your ION turntable or cassette player came with an installation disc, we recommend visiting our website to make sure you're getting the latest version of EZ Vinyl/Tape Converter.
Note: The latest version of the EZ Vinyl/Tape Converter for Mac automatically imports your converted albums into iTunes.
Earlier versions of the Windows edition of the EZ Vinyl/Tape Converter software required iTunes to be installed on a Windows computer. Make sure you are using the latest version of the EZ Vinyl/Tape Converter which can be installed and downloaded from this link.
The following video walks through the Windows process of downloading, installing, and using the EZ Vinyl/Tape Converter, as well as importing audio tracks into iTunes.
Follow the steps below to update both iTunes, and the EZ Converter software.
For the most current and updated version of the software please visit: www.ionaudio.com/ezvc
For the most current version of the iTunes software please visit: www.itunes.com
Apple will automatically detect your Operating System. Click the download link. Save the file to your computer. Once the file has downloaded double click the file to begin the installation process. Follow the prompts, and finish the installation. Upon completion of the installation you should now have an icon on your desktop. If you are having difficulty exporting to iTunes click here for help.
When connecting the device to your computer you will only need to use the USB cable and not the RCA connection. All of the sound is transmitted through the USB port so the RCA connection is not required.
It is important to mention that not all USB ports are the same. In most cases the USB connection on the back of a computer tower is faster and more powerful. On a Laptop the USB port closest to the power supply is the better choice. Please consider that these are generalities, and are not always the case.
If the software is unable to connect to the audio device try different USB ports on your computer until the device is recognized. Make sure you are going directly into a port on the computer and not through a USB hub. If you have tried all available USB ports, and the software is still unable to connect to the audio device try switching the USB cable. See more on cables here.
Setting up the sound correctly can help resolve many common issues experienced during playback. Some of the more common issues include: No Sound, Distortion, and Mono Playback. Some turntables ship with a protective cover to protect the needle. Make sure you remove this before trying to play the turntable. The Turntable will show in your computer as one of the following USB Audio Codec/PnP Audio Device/Microphone Array. We want to make sure this is not the default playback device. We do however want to use this device for recording. Make sure all other programs are closed while making changes to sound settings. Your turntable or cassette player will need to be plugged in while making these changes to your sound settings.
The latest version of the EZ Vinyl/Tape Converter for Macs automatically import the converted audio into iTunes, while the latest version of the EZ Vinyl/Tape Converter for Windows allows you to save your audio directly to your computer to any location that you choose. Windows users can then import the audio tracks into whatever audio software you choose.
All of the steps and windows are the same for both a Mac and a Windows computer minus the very last step where a Windows user will choose a location for the audio track and a Mac user will automatically have the audio track convert into iTunes. The following steps walk through the process on a Windows operating system.
The GAIN slider is located next to the display meter. Its purpose is to control how loud or soft you would like the recording to be. Bringing the slider up will increase the volume and down will decrease it. It is very important to make sure the level on the meter is not staying in the red. This is called clipping and will cause your recordings to sound very distorted
The second item is the Split recordings into tracks feature. When this box is checked off the software will automatically advance the recording to the next track when it detects 4-6 seconds of silence This option can be toggled on or off.
Note: This feature may not function properly on certain types of recordings such as spoken word, live recordings, and classical music. Songs with break downs and gaps of silence could trick the software into thinking the track is over and advance it to the next song prematurely. In this case is it best to un-check the box and record the songs manually.
By default the audio recordings are saved to the Music folder. If you wish to save them in a different location, such as your Desktop for example, here is how.
The EZ Converter software tries to make the recording of your Vinyl and Cassettes as simple as possible. Let’s take a moment to understand a few features of the software.
The EZ software allows the ability to automatically create new tracks. How this works is the software listens to the silences and reads them as a separation between tracks.
This is not a perfect technology. Sometimes within a song there is a silence before the track has ended. The software may think this is the end of the track, and split the track. In other instances certain records may have songs that overlap or blend into each other. The software then has a difficult time separating the two tracks. The end result is multiple tracks merged into one track in your final recording.
Some instances your recording may only record for 1:00 then stop. This is also corrected with the solution below.
To remedy these problematic albums it is recommended to un-check the box in Step 2 Split recording into tracks.
In Step 3 there will be a new track button you can press each time you want the software to create a new track. The recording process will continue, as you split the tracks. This is the most accurate way to record. If you do not click new track, the result will be one long continuous track.
Once you have recorded your songs Step 4 will allow you to name the Artist, Album, and the Track titles as well as select your save location. The tracks in white are tracks that the software recognized. If the tracks are not able to be entered or grayed out then the software did not detect or split the tracks correctly. Refer to the Split Track Function to correct this issue.
Windows users: Click on the yellow folder icon at the top of the window to change the save location of your tracks. Select the location where you want to store your files and click Ok to confirm your choice.
Recording Both Sides of an Album or Cassette
Currently the only way to record both sides is two record one side, name your tracks, and then export the recording. After the files have exported you will need to start back at Step 1 to record the other side of your album. You can change the track numbers or add information to the file after importing the files to iTunes. See more on adding or changing track information here.
To import your audio files into iTunes, the simplest method is to drag your songs directly into the iTunes window or onto the iTunes icon.
A second method is to locate the files through the iTunes browser. To do this:
iTunes is a free software that allows us to playback music on our computer. It also allows the ability to add music to portable devices, and CDs for listening to on home and car stereos. Why iTunes? iTunes takes all of the recorded music from your favorite Vinyl or Cassette and converts it to MP3 format. Even if you don’t have an iPod device iTunes conveniently stores the MP3’s on your computer’s hard drive so you can add them to your other portable MP3 device. See Step 8 below for the location of these files.
Once iTunes is installed it sometimes will request to be the default player on your computer. This is not required to work correctly with the EZ Converter software. All it is asking is if you want iTunes to open when you double click on your MP3 files. If you wish to use iTunes as your default select MP3 from the list and click OK.
There are a number of settings in iTunes that may help to eliminate any potential difficulties during importation. The steps below are what we consider the best settings for using the EZ Vinyl/Tape Converter to convert audio to your computer and then import into iTunes. Before adjusting the settings please make sure you have the latest version. See more on updating here.
iTunes Settings Windows/Mac
How to create a Recently Added Playlist
With iTunes open you have the ability to change additional information associated with the MP3. Simply find your track in the iTunes library, right- click on the track(s) you want to edit and choose Get Info from the drop down list. A new window will open. Click on the Info tab you will then be able to add or change additional information associated with your MP3 including Name, Artist, Year, Album, Track Number, Composer, Genre, and more.
The following steps will show you how to add your converted music to Windows Media Player Library. This way you can add your music to your non iPod mp3 player.
On a Windows operating system, iTunes versions 11.0.3 and higher do not allow for automatic importation of audio files.
For customers who have already updated to iTunes 11.0.3 or higher, there is now a version of EZ Vinyl/Tape Converter available at http://www.ionaudio.com/ezvc/# that will allow the files to be saved directly to a folder location on your computer rather than exporting directly to iTunes. To update your software, simply visit the link above, and then download and install it. No need to uninstall any prior versions of the software first - it will automatically update.
For a video walkthrough of the process of downloading and installing the EZ Vinyl/Tape Converter to your computer, check out the video here.
ION Audio Turntables and full sized Cassette Decks use a standard USB A to B. This connection is the same as a USB printer would use.
The smaller ION Cassette Players use a type A to Mini B USB cable.
Some of the ION Audio turntables offer 78 rpm so the following steps will not be necessary. For all turntables without 78 rpm setting you will need to use a 3rd party software to convert your 78's. Audacity is a free third-party recording software that allows you to adjust the timing of the recorded audio. Audacity is not included with ION products, and technical support or assistance on how to use Audacity is not available directly from ION. Audacity is available online for free from the developer’s homepage. Once you download and install the software follow these simple steps to convert your 78’s.
Recording 78 RPM Records:
All other information on how to use the Audacity software is available on their website.
If you are experiencing looping or audio skipping please try the following recommendations.
Recording audio is very sensitive process and requires most of your computers power to process audio smoothly. Make sure you limit all the programs and applications you are running. It is recommended to temporarily disable anti-virus software when recording audio. For more tips on optimizing your computer for Audio recording please visit the link. http://www.alesis.com/tipsnov08
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