Record players and airplay - a simple solutionI have for a long time tried to find a simple, physically discrete and not too expensive solution for connecting my record player to Airplay. That way I could get rid of my plus sized receiver and traditional speakers and only use my Apple TV connected to my sleek Bang & Olufsen active speakers.
Googling just returned a lot of half-assed solutions as well as a concept record player that never made it into production and when I tried to build my own solution they always ended up in a dead end: too big, runs on battery, requires a computer, need expensive apps, too many steps (cable - Bluetooth - cable - Airplay or so), mono, not line level etc. That was until I realised a feature in Garageband as well as found a RIAA preamp with USB Audio output.
This is what you need.
- Get a RIAA preamp with USB Audio output. I got the Behringer UFO202
- Get Apple's Lightning to camera adapter USB 3
- Install Garageband on any iOS-device
- Connect the record player to the RIAA preamp
- Connect the RIAA preamp to the camera adapter. Also connect a Lightning cable to the camera adapter (unless you wanna run this setup on battery).
- In Garageband, select Audio Recorder as instrument
- Enable Monitoring
- Adjust the input settings (Stereo, Monitor must be select)
- You probably want to increase the Out volume to the right to its max value.
- Turn on your record player and finally, set the iPad to use Airplay speakers for sound playback.
Sometime during this process you might get a warning about delays and latency. It doesn't matter in our case so just dismiss it. Now, everytime I want to use my record player I just connect one of my iOS-devices to the RIAA and am ready to go. Since I most of the time Airplay from my phone or iPad anyway, my phone/iPad more or less becomes an input selector.
- Garageband is HEAVY. For this purpose it is unreasonable to use an app that is almost 2 GB. If someone know of a lighter and cheap option, please let everyone know in the comments.
- It would be nice to be able to remote control the device. Does something like Remote Desktop exists between iOS-devices? Again, please comment!