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I will admit, I don’t really “get” the vinyl-to-digital “archiving” thing. I guess I’m a little old-school: if you want vinyl, play vinyl. If you want digital, play digital. If you want both (yes please!), pick. But recording LPs to digital? [Insert shrug here].
No, don’t bother to explain — I get the whole point of archiving. Trust me! I just don’t get why this is a valid way to do it. The whole process of ripping is just annoying. Where does the file begin? Where does it end?Did I leave enough space? What is the name of the file, the song, the artist, the band, the date …. blah blah blah. Okay … so maybe I’m just really lazy.
Sugarcube may have changed my mind.
Like all those not-so-great USB turntables, the Sugarcube system will let you take your turntable’s output and shove the result into a digital file. Unlike those not-so-great turntables, the Sugarcube will let you take a high-res sample (up to 24/192) right out of your favorite phono stage. Yes, Sugarcube is an ADC. Interestingly, it’s also a DAC. And that’s where things get interesting.
I saw a demo where a truly crappy LP was … transformed. The music on the LP? Fine — well, except for the pops, clicks, and scratches. Seriously. This LP was FUBAR’d. But then … with the touch of a “button” on an iPhone app … all that crap disappeared. That is, the LP was suddenly “fixed”. Wait, what????
Oh, and did I mention that it will automagically tag those files with the appropriate metadata and stream those files directly to your NAS?
Oh yes. Now that is interesting.
Ta friggin’ da, b****es. Skadoosh.
Sugarcube will probably retail in the $2k range when it finally starts shipping late this year. For those of you hot for teacher, I suggest keeping an eye out for the coming Kickstarter campaign, where the prices should be considerably more attractive.
Well played, Sugarcube. Well played.