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The Blessings Of The Digital Music Age

Dec 6, 2007
My house was always a noisy place with two sons and I, a music mad father I never thought this would change, the digital music revolution however has changed all this. Music has become a more private affair, one that can be compressed and in most cases does not even require a trip to the record shop. Being somewhat part of the old school of music I still appreciate my vinyl collection, for me there is nothing quite like that crackle as you crank up the volume. Seemingly nowadays people do not respect this, but I find digital music too clear, too crisp, give me my turntable over a CD player. There just seems to be more soul in these antiquated medium.

I believed this until I was given a USB turntable for my birthday last year; I have found it extremely useful and am still in the process of converting my vast record collection to my computer and MP3 player. Despite the disdain I hold for those plugged in on the morning train I still see the purpose for portable music and to be able to listen to my precious records on the move is something I value greatly. The USB turntable has honestly changed my life whilst benefiting my family immensely as they no longer have to listen to me blurting out my tunes on a Saturday morning. Now they purely have to listen to my atrocious singing as I plug myself in for an hour's musical therapy.

My eldest son has taken to using the USB turntable himself, being a budding young DJ he has found it brilliant for transferring his tunes to the computer enabling him through some pretty fancy technical wizardry to mix and put sets together without the need to touch his decks. There is no doubt when he bought me the USB turntable for my birthday he had this in mind, seemingly kids never buy you a gift unless it benefits them in someway. I am not particularly upset about it though because, a; I am used it from my boys and b; I have actually got some use out of the USB turntable, so really I cannot complain.

The era of personal music has also brought around further benefits for my family, my youngest son who is a keen drummer and who has had a kit in the garage for a number of years has recently acquired a USB drum kit. This I can honestly say is a Godsend, not just for me but also for the neighbours. I am pretty sure they were sick of listening to his extended drum solos, nearly as much as I was. The USB drum kit has enabled him to drum away in silence through the headphones or if routed through the computer's speakers with a much welcomed volume control. Rather than taking up a huge amount of space in his bedroom the USB drum kit also folds away to a neat size and slips under his bed, he truly could not be happier as he no longer has to go into the cold garage to drum away. His constant protest of 'you cannot drum with frostbite' is no longer heard ringing in my ears day and night either.

There is no doubt that both the USB turntable and the USB drum kit have made life in the house more pleasurable. Before we had three separate sources of noise all competing with each other, now with one son drumming away silently, the other becoming a superstar DJ on the computer and myself cocooned in my own musical world the house is a far quieter place. Both the wife and the neighbours are extremely grateful for the new levels of peace and quiet.
About the Author
Shaun Parker has been selling DJ equipment specialising in USB technology for several years.
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