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Sorry, but as a former DJ that looks like a total piece of crap. Straight tone arm (bad), no visible counterweight (bad), and it looks very light. You want a heavy turntable to reduce vibrations.

I own a pair of Technics sl-1200 M3D turntables. They have been the standard DJ turntable for 20+ years. You can't go wrong with them. They have been continually updated and improved. Any newer model is essentially perfect.

In my opinion the most important thing for getting quality sound out of the turntable is going to be.

#1 CLEAN VYNIL!!!! No matter what you do it will sound like crap if the records are dusty or dirty. Give each one a proper cleaning or at least a wipe down before recording.

#2 Make sure you have a good stylus (needle). Since this is the piece of gear that will actually be turning the groves in the record into "sound" it is critical that you have a good stylus for good sound.

#3 Make sure the turntable is actually set up properly. Is it level? Is the counterweight set to give the correct tracking force. Is the anti-skate setting set appropriately? As a former DJ I was always annoyed with how most DJs had no clue how to actually set up their turntables.

It doesn't matter if you have the best sound card, best turntable, and record in FLAC. If you have dirty records and a crappy stylus it will sound like crap.
Cartridge holds the stylus and converts the vibrations from the stylus to an electronic signal.
If you plan to record your vinyl collection an Elliptical styli (needle) is preferred especially when doing archiving
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Cartridge holds the stylus and converts the vibrations from the stylus to an electronic signal.
If you plan to record your vinyl collection an Elliptical styli (needle) is preferred especially when doing archiving

Thanks a lot for the info! Why exactly is one needle preferred for archiving?
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Thanks a lot for the info! Why exactly is one needle preferred for archiving?
the tip picks up the vibrations from the groove. There are basically two types Styli that get used these days. Elliptical and Spherical. Most djs use Spherical for its tracking ability which means less skipping basically. Skipping is not good if your into scratching. But for recording especially high fidelity that's not a factor and for high fidelity recording you want the sound that's recorded on the lp more than you want to use the lp to create a effect and the tracking of course coz there's a lot of stop start back and forth.
Recording your just going to play it.

Then like with the Stylus there's two types of arms. Straight tone arm and the S-shaped. Standard mixing can be done on both but again like with the Stylus same factor you want to minimize the risk of skipping and better tracking ability which the straight tone arm provides. Guess what are you going to choose for recording? Yeah S-shaped. The S-shaped like the Elliptical provides better sound quality than the straight arm would.

So for recording S-shaped arm with a Elliptical Stylus is advised.
Now the cartridge holds the needle. Some come pre mounted which mean you can't tune it much but they're designed so that it basically don't need any tuning. That's ok if your doing recording or just start out djing.

Just for interest sake you normally pick a cartridge that matches your dj style or application your using. Especially if your into scratching. Then you want to mod that mr.

Ill explain other things that's a thing to look out for if a person want to go into djing later if your interested.

So for your current situation. S-shaped arm, Elliptical Stylus. Pre-mounted Cartridge,
Now for the turn tables there's two types again. Direct drive and the Belt drive.
The Belt drive is cheaper than the direct drive and is good for people on a budget normally beginners start out with them. Belt drives take some time getting up to speed where high torque direct drive tables get up to speed faster which is way better for queing records and once a person is getting settled in the dj thing you want one of those. Direct drive holds the pitch better as well which helps you with longer mixes.

So for your purpose get a budget Belt-drive turntable. You don't need a strong motor. The weaker the motor the cheaper the go for.
If your finished with your recordings and you want to have a snif of doing some djing for fun or so you don't need two turntables with a lot of equipment anymore. You can get the Traktor scratch and use the singer table to or if you got double and mix your mp3 right of your pc or flac files doesn't matter with the control of your table. A computer mouse can't do a mix like a pair of hands and turntable can.

So belt drive table, Elliptical Stylus, S-shaped arm with a Pre-mounted cartridge. That's perfect for recording. Don't worry about the platter most are aluminum only the pros go the ones that provide extra sound dampening made of all sorts of different materials.

There you go. Almost got a beginner setup there. Anything else feel free to ask
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+1 Spoony. A lot for him to absorb, but you got the right suggestions in there. I doubt he will get into DJing.

TTVJ makes a great enzyme spray for cleaning vinyl. Check out his site. Great audiophile guy.

http://www.ttvjaudio.com:8080/store/...?idCategory=73
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if it hasn't already been mentioned you can use Audacity to record the output from the turntable into flac.

i've been looking at getting the audio-technica ath-lp120 or ath-lp240 to convert my records as i haven't heard many bad things about audio-technica's turntables.
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how would the sl1200 match up against a Rega P1?
The Sl1200 is a direct drive turntable designed for heavy mixing and scratching. Don't buy direct drive. You want a belt driven turntable to just play records on, like the Rega. Rega would be a good choice.
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