Got home late today and saw the news in my email. Took my breath away for a moment. Just yesterday was looking at the big DOA box coming soon and thinking how much really great music Pete created. DOA was there at the start of my DJ life in 1985, and was one of the few groups that stayed with me into the present. The voice was one of a kind, and he knew how to put on a show, a true performer. Will be greatly missed.
About 3 years ago I needed another way to get music from my turntable onto my Mac. I had been using an audio input USB box of some sort, but moved my amp so it was no longer convenient to keep the same setup. Purchased the Behringer U-Phono USB interface, and still using it today. Your phono inputs and ground cord attach to the unit, and plug it into your computer. On a Mac it shows up as an input device allowing you to record using various software. I was concerned about noise and interference, but this is a quiet unit. Yes, if you turn up the volume a lot you do get some background noise, but it is not noticeable in everyday use, especially while converting vinyl. It has an audio out so you can run the sound to your stereo at the same time if you wish, and a headphone jack with volume control. Headphone output is a bit on the low side but otherwise works fine. Input is switchable to Line in case you want to connect a cassette player or other audio device.
A few things to know:
Powered by the computer USB port, so if you want to use it as a standalone device, any power adapter with a USB out should work, one is not included. The light will not come on since there is no data connection, but powers on fine.
I guess it comes with some software, do not bother. Go to http://www.audacityteam.org/download/ ang get the newest free version of Audacity to record your audio, or use any program you are currently using. There are really no controls, just select the Behringer as an input source. I have had other adapters that either had too little or too much volume level input, but this one never clips the audio but is still a reasonable level.
For the price this is one great little adapter, usually runs under $30. While there may be other USB Phono adapters with better specs, at a higher cost, at this price it is a bargain. I have not had any times where I thought that the sound quality was not great.
Berlin: Pleasure Victim
Before they Took Your Breath Away in Top Gun, Berlin put out one of the best synth albums of the 1980’s. The big hit was ‘Sex…I’m A…” but the other songs are even better. ‘The Metro’ and ‘Masquerade’ are my favs.
I remember exactly where I was when I heard of Blue Nile, at a bar in downtown Charleston, in the quiet area where they showed music videos [what was it called back then, The Arcade maybe, changed names so many times, before I DJ’ed there…anyway]. The song ‘Stay’ came on and I was entranced by the sound. Found the LP the next day. Paul Buchanan has one of those rough yet great voices, in line with Mark Hollis from Talk Talk. The album was recorded by Linn Electronics of drum machine fame to showcase some of their new recording equipment. Even on vinyl, the sparse yet full arrangements came through crystal clear. On CD it is amazing.
The video was ok, very 80’s, remember diving into a pool, but that was all. Never have seen it again until now. Gotta love YouTube [at bottom of post].
The tracks run from songs to sound landscapes, with interesting audio effects and engineering. Not anything you will really hear anywhere else. I do hear some Pink Floyd influences in a way, and maybe Brian Eno too. Either way, an original album.
Paul and co managed to release a new album every 6 years or so, only 4 total, and all are great. ‘Walk’ is my favorite, but their second release ‘Hats’ has their best song ever, but more on that some other time [fyi Headlights on the Parade]…. They have since split up, and Paul’s new LP is an exercise in creative listening, just him and a piano. Some great stuff there too, but a bit too much for some to handle I am sure. Regardless, ‘A Walk Across The Rooftops’ is a sure winner, and gets better with each listen.
Listen on Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/2UrSPDjccATKgu4CIxu8IV