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Turntable Types

 

There are two main types of turntable available – analogue and
DigitalAll digital equipment, formats and systems represent audio in numerical code or form. Digital information is a precise way of expressing any of information that can be quantified in some way.
digital
. Both reproduce the recording in the same way, but the control of the turntable
PlatterThe part of a turntable that spins, on which the record is placed.
platter
speed and
AudioGenerally used to mean "sound"; technically it describes periodic fluctuations of air pressure or electrical energy at frequencies and amplitudes within the human range of hearing; sound, or electrical energy that represents sound; acoustic, mechanical, or electrical frequencies corresponding to normally audible sound waves.
audio
output differ:


Analogue Turntables

This is the most common type of turntable available. At the lower end of the market expect to see standard stereo phono outputs and only the most basic controls. At the entry level, most companies will provide a belt-driven
PlatterThe part of a turntable that spins, on which the record is placed.
platter
system and a resistor based 0% pitch lock. The belt-driven system provides less torque than the equivalent direct-drive system, and is not as stable at a given pitch setting, which can exaggerate a characteristic of turntables (and analogue tapes) called ‘warble’. Although any such instabilities are normally minor, it can make beat matching two records more difficult.

Technics SL1200 MK2

Higher up the price range, expect to find direct-drive turntables, which dispense with the belt in the drive system. This means that the motor is directly attached to the centre pinion of the turntable
PlatterThe part of a turntable that spins, on which the record is placed.
platter
itself. As a result, there is a lot less fluctuation in rotational speed, and spin-up time is much faster. The most famous DJ turntable of this type is the Technics SL1200 MK2, which has been available in almost exactly the same form since 1978. (Despite urban myth, the only difference between the SL1200 and the SL1210 is the colour.)


DigitalAll digital equipment, formats and systems represent audio in numerical code or form. Digital information is a precise way of expressing any of information that can be quantified in some way.
Digital
Turntables

DigitalAll digital equipment, formats and systems represent audio in numerical code or form. Digital information is a precise way of expressing any of information that can be quantified in some way.
Digital
turntables differ from analogue ones by using a VCA
FaderVariable level control in the form of a slider usually found on audio mixing consoles, allowing attenuation of audio signals, also used on control surfaces for control of a variety of parameters.
fader
for controlling the pitch of the turntable. This means that the position of the
FaderVariable level control in the form of a slider usually found on audio mixing consoles, allowing attenuation of audio signals, also used on control surfaces for control of a variety of parameters.
fader
is fed into a
DigitalAll digital equipment, formats and systems represent audio in numerical code or form. Digital information is a precise way of expressing any of information that can be quantified in some way.
digital
circuit, which in turn is used to control the speed of the
PlatterThe part of a turntable that spins, on which the record is placed.
platter
, instead of the
FaderVariable level control in the form of a slider usually found on audio mixing consoles, allowing attenuation of audio signals, also used on control surfaces for control of a variety of parameters.
fader
directly controlling the motor. In this way, the speed can be controlled more accurately, and as a bonus, the
RPMRevolutions Per Minute: originally describing the playing speed of vinyl records, RPM is now more commonly used in hard drive specifications. 5,400 RPM speeds are the norm for most laptop drives, but the faster 7,200 is recommended for multi-track audio or picture - 10,000 RPM drives currently offer the ultimate in performance.
RPM
or percentage of pitch adjustment of the
PlatterThe part of a turntable that spins, on which the record is placed.
platter
can be output to a display.

Not all companies offer digitally controlled models, and they are normally fairly pricey units due to the added expense of the technology inside them.

Vestax PDX 3000

 

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