Does TTUSB require a soundcard?

Hi, I have a Numark TTUSB turntable. I am still just getting started, as you know is a few years old now. What I am asking about, I was reading over the Audacity files, "Improving Recording Quality", it suggests getting an external soundcard for recording. However, it doesn't mention turntables here, but alot about microphones. Does this suggestion apply to turntables also? I do recollect that reviews about this turntable, that there were comments that they noticed a background "hum" in their recordings. This file, "Improving Recording Quality" says the external sound card eliminates hum (though might be with microphone recording?). Does the TTUSB connection go through the computer's soundcard? I am showing my ignorance or something. D.
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  • Hi Don,

    Thanks for posting. The TTUSB has a built-in preamp. The audio is processed through the turntable's built-in pre-amp and computer's sound card. No external sound card is required. Check out this helpful guide that will walk you through how to get started with recording in Audacity: Converting Vinyl and Tape to your computer with Audacity

    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.
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  • Thank you for the reply. Audacity is excellent software; their manual is almost comprehensive, and then your page even simplifies the subject.

    Okay, I am still concerned about an issue mentioned someplace on the Audacity manual and was mentioned a few times in user reviews of the usb turntable - that they noticed a hum. Audacity suggested that the problem could be resolved by using an external sound card. That could have been about inputing microphone, though I can't find the link to be sure.
    However, the link that you gave me, "Converting Vinyl and Tape to your computer with Audacity": On opening page, "Setting up Audacity for Recording on Windows"
    It says, "6. The Playback Device should be your computers built-in sound card. Here are a few common sound card manufactures Realtek, SoundMax, Sigmatel, Sound Blaster, Conexant, and IDT." This suggests to me that the signal from the turntable does go through the soundcard. The link I mentioned above said that the soundcard within the computer is affected by the computer system. I am trying to verify if this is indeed an issue, or is only an issue with microphone input.
    Thank you in advance for your attention on this subject.
    Don
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  • There is yet no reply or second opinion on this. I haven't ever converted vinyl to digital. So, I going to try and see if I can get started this week. If I find there is a hum in the recordings, I'll ask about that and if and where to get external sound card.
    Don
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  • Okay, an update on this. This past weekend, I hooked up the Numark TTUSB turntable to my computer (with Windows 10) and the latest version of Audacity installed. Now, the problem is I can't get started because there is no sound on my computer when I play records on the turntable. Audacity and the Control Panel both recognize the turntable. I am using stereo headphones hooked into the computer, and do get sound in them from the tests featured on the Realtek soundcard (but do not get sound from the turntable).

    I searched this Numark community forum for all threads on the subject, tried all the solutions, used the correct defaults and still not getting sound playing on the computer. Drivers are usually a problem with hardware like this, however a Numark person says that no drivers are needed for this turntable.

    I don't know if I should start a new post for this as this isn't the original subject.

    Don
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  • Hooray, I've finally got sound from the turntable onto my headphones! Explaining the problem that occurred: After connecting all the cords and adjusting the tonearm and antiskating, I immediately tested the headphones playing the turntable finding no sound. I looked up Numark threads on this, finding others with the same problem, and followed the instructions (establishing settings on soundcard, and defaults on Audacity) without results. About an hour ago, I read the link again that was posted on this thread, (Numark's interpretation of "Converting Vinyl and Tape to Your Computer With Audacity") and went through the steps of establishing the turntable and computer - and then got the sound from the turntable! I was going back to the various Audacity manual instructions and the other threads.

    Don
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  • Glad you got this working for you, Don! If you have any further questions, let me know! :)
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