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ADS Tech Instant MusicADS Instant Music RDX-150 Sound card - 48 kHz - 16-bit

External - Stereo - 48 kHz - 16-bit - PC - Mac

Just plug the Instant Music into a USB port on your computer and you are ready to begin recording from any analog audio source into the most popular digital audio formats available such as MP3, WAV and WMA (Windows Media 9 Audio) and AAC. Once in a digital format you can create Audio CDs, MP3 CDs or have the audio ready to be played for your personal music enjoyment on a variety of MP3 player devices. Convert your old collection of cassettes and LPs into crisp, clear digital audio and then creat... Read more
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KarlisB 3:34pm on Monday, October 11th, 2010 
Turntable problems The main reason for buying "ADS Instant Music RDX-150 - Sound card" was to transfer my record collection. ADS Instant Music I bought this product a few days ago and it works fine plugged into my desktop PC.
Infaustus 11:11am on Sunday, September 5th, 2010 
Unit ads and instruction stress - lp or cassette to mp3. Company specifically tells me they no longer support the mp3 format and that.
riha 4:29pm on Sunday, June 20th, 2010 
Remember it works in real time and will take some trial and error to get the output format you want. Easy to use. Works great. I chose to use Audacity instead of the included software and had great results None
mieses 1:05pm on Saturday, June 5th, 2010 
With the voice instructor, it helped a great deal to understand when the system was ready. The recording flasher helped to know it is recording.
kingre 3:54pm on Thursday, May 27th, 2010 
Thiis product is being used to convert music from cassettes to Cds. Accurate Controls, Clean Sound, Easy Setup, Good Power Output.
pconrad 5:36am on Monday, April 19th, 2010 
ADS: Good for audio to cd Having a large collection of audio tapes that are not available as CD.
bmonchka 6:23am on Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 
A remarkable low-cost solution I was looking for a device to use primarily to put live home recordings (mic + guitar etc) onto my PC for editing and s...
jwinzer 6:04am on Friday, March 26th, 2010 
The System works fine so long as you purchase the correct software package tha has to accomadate the system. Easy To Set Up and use. Did not know that I needed to purchase other software packages with the item to make it work properley.
clubmartinezNY 12:00pm on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 
Everyone (starting with ADS) needs to get on board and state all the requirements of the product.

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ADS Tech Instant Music MAC OSX Edition Product Introduction Thanks for purchasing Instant Music by ADS Tech. With the Instant Music, you will be able to Record Your Old LPs and Cassettes to Audio CD and MP3. Capture from any analog audio source: cassette, turntable, TV, radio Capture Music in AIFF format Convert into MP3, ACC or other formats using iTunes Burn high quality audio CDs with iTunes Convert and Preserve Your Audio Investment Your old LPs can warp or get scratched and your audio cassettes will simply deteriorate over time. Protect your music collection by converting into a digital audio format you can enjoy forever. Convert your old collection of cassettes and LPs into crisp, clear digital audio and then create audio CDs and MP3 CDs so you can keep a personal archive of your collection that will not degrade or deteriorate over time. Simple to Install and Use Its simple to start capturing audio on your MAC with Instant Music. Simply connect to a USB port and then use GarageBand (available in iLife 04 software bundle) ,Sound Studio 2.1, Audacity 1.2.3 or CDSpinDoctor 2.0 from Roxio to capture the audio from your Stereo System, Cassette or Turntable. Making Music Is as Easy as 1, 2, 3, 4 Instant Music makes it easy to record, convert, play and burn your music. Its as simple as 1, 2, 3, 4: 1.) Record once from your LP, cassette or even radio into AIFF audio format in your MAC with popular software applications. 2.) Convert music files into different audio formats like MP3, AAC, WAV and many others and then create a playlist with iTunes. Edit your music track with GarageBand or Sound Studio 2.1 or other popular applications. 3.) Play your music on your MAC using iTunes or transfer it to a portable MP3 player like your iPod. 4.) Burn to a CD. Works with Your MAC too! If you have GarageBand (included in iLife 04), Sound Studio 2.1, Audacity 1.2.3 or CDSpinDoctor 2.0, just plug Instant Music into a USB Port and start recording music on your MAC. You can even export directly to your personal iTunes music library!
Knowing your Instant Music device LED on your Instant Music: - Red Power LED this LED show that the unit is connected and ready to capture Audio - Green S/PDIF Signal LED: This LED is constantly ON when you are using an Optical Input connection. This LED will be ON and OFF when there is no Optical Input connected.
Front of Instant Music Available Audio IN/Out Connections and USB (located at the back of the unit): Left/Right Audio Input (RCA) Left/Right Audio Output (RCA) Optical Input (S/PDIF) Optical Output (S/PDIF) USB Connector

Back of Instant Music

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Using GarageBand with Instant Music

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Installing your Instant Music Setup 1. Getting all the components: a. Instant Music b. 6 ft. USB Cable c. L/R Audio Cable w/ Ground d. Adapter Audio Cable 2. Connecting your Sound Device for Recording a. You can use the L/R RCA Audio Input or the Optical Input (S/PDIF Input) to connect to your Sound Device (Record Player, Tape Player or other source with RCA Audio Output). b. If you are using both connections (S/PDIF Input and L/R RCA Input) at the same time, the Optical Input (S/PDIF Input) will be selected as the input stream. c. If using a Turntable, make sure you also use a Preamplifier, unless the Turntable has a Preamplifier built-in. 3. Installing your Hardware
4. Setting up the Sound Input/Output option. a. Click on the Apple icon. b. Click System Preferences c. Click the Sound icon d. Click Input and select USB Audio CODEC for input device (See below)
Sound Input settings e. Click Output and select Internal speakers is selected (See below)
System Profiler Turn on your MAC Connect the USB Cable to the USB port of your Instant Music device Connect the other end to an available USB port on your MAC All Drivers needed for the Instant Music will be automatically loaded. Check if the USB Audio Codec was installed correctly by accessing your System Profiler. To access your System Profiler, click the Apple icon located on the top left of your screen, click About this Mac, click More Info. f. In System Profiler, select USB under the Contents column and verify that you have a USB Audio CODEC listed under USB Bus. (See fig. above) g. If you dont see the USB Audio CODEC listed, please unplug and re-insert the USB cable to the MAC and to the Instant Music device. h. Check your System Profiler once again. Click View and Refresh to Refresh the Window. a. b. c. d. e.

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Sound Output Settings

Using GarageBand software with Instant Music device 5. Setting up iTunes Importing options (required step if you are exporting audio files to iTunes). a. Start iTunes b. Click iTunes on the tool bar. c. Click Preferences d. Click Importing icon e. Select which Audio encoder you would like to use: AAC Encoder AIFF Encoder Apple Lossless Encoder MP3 Encoder (recommended) WAV Encoder f. To create an MP3 file from your recordings, please select MP3 Encoder option. g. On Settings, please select the type of Audio Quality you want (see fig. below): Good Quality (128 kbps) High Quality (160 kbps) Higher Quality (192 kbps) 1. Using GarageBand application. 2. Setting Up GarageBand to use Instant Music a. Launch GarageBand b. Click GarageBand on the toolbar and Select Preferences


iTunes Import Options

GarageBand Preferences

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c. Click Audio/MIDI and set the following configuration: Audio Output: Built-in Audio Audio Input: USB Audio CODEC (see fig. below)

d. e. f. g.

Click Basic Track No Effects Set Input: Channel 1 / 2 Format: Stereo Monitor On, this will allow you to listen to the music coming from your Sound System (LP, Tape or other source) h. Click OK (see fig. below)
Audio Output/Input Setup d. Close the Audio/MIDI window interface 3. Start a New Track a. Click Track on the tool bar b. Click New Track
New Track Settings 4. Start Recording: a. You should hear the music playing from your Audio Source (Tape, Turntable, etc.). b. Adjust your Audio Source to the beginning of the music you want to record. c. Press the Record button (located on the lower part of the screen) of the GarageBand interface to start Recording. (See fig. below)
Record button d. e. f. g. h. i. j. k. New Basic Track c. Click Real Instrument
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Start playing the Audio Source from the beginning of the song. You are now capturing and recording your Audio Source into AIFF audio format. Press the Record button at the end of the song to stop recording. Save your Track by using the name of the song you just recorded. Click File and then Save. Trim the audio file if necessary. Click File on the tool bar. Select Export to iTunes to convert your audio file (AIFF format) to MP3 audio format. Please see instruction on how to set up Importing options in iTunes.
5. For any other software application you choose (Sound Studio 2.1, Audacity 1.2.3 or CDSpinDoctor 2.0), always set the Audio Input/Output Devices first before you start recording. a. For Audio Input: USB Audio CODEC b. For Audio Output: Built-in Audio 6. Some application will allow you to capture the audio straight to the format you want (MP3, ACC or others). Make this selection before you start recording.

Playback: - 16 bit - Sampling Rate 32 or 44.1 kHz - THD+N = 0.005% - SNR = 96dB Minimum System Requirements:
FAQs FAQs about your Instant Music device: 1. Test a short audio capture and playback for best results. a. To get the best results, try doing a short capture sample of your audio source, whether from a Tape or LP, and then play it audio back in your PC to find out if any adjustments are needed. b. Once you are satisfied with the results, go ahead and start your project using the application you selected to do the whole project. 2. Technical Support for this product is available from our website. a. Please visit for support on this product. 3. Where to get more help for audio application. a. Access the Help from the application you are using for additional information. i.e.: i. Choose Help > GarageBand Help. 4. Capturing audio from a Turn-Table (LP). a. If you are using a Turn-Table, you must use a Pre-Amplifier to make sure you obtain the appropriate volume level for audio capture with the Instant Music device. b. Configuration should be: Turn-Table to Pre-Amplifier and then connect the audio output from the Pre-Amplifier to the Instant Music Left-Right RCA Input jacks. Product Specifications: Instant Music Specifications: Audio In: RCA Stereo (Left and Right) SPDIF (Toslink) Audio Out: RCA Stereo (Left and Right) SPDIF (Toslink) Power: USB bus power (no external supply needed) USB: USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 compatible as a Full Speed Device Audio Specs: Capture: - 16 bit - Sampling Rate 8, 11, 16, 22.05, 32 or 44.1 kHz - THD+N = 0.01% - SNR= 89dB
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MAC G4 OSX Available USB port GarageBand, Sound Studio 2.1, Audacity 1.2.3 or CDSpinDoctor 2.0 CD burner for making audio CDs or MP3 CDs iTunes Audio Pre-Amp if using a Turntable

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Services If you require assistance with the installation, operation, or application of your ADS Technologies, Inc. product there are several options available to you as described in the technical support section of this manual. Your primary source for information and assistance is always your computer store or computer parts dealer. If your ADS product needs repair or replacement, contact your dealer for onsite repair service. The ADS Technologies technical support and customer service staff can aid in solving many problems. Our technical support department is available to repair any ADS Technologies product. You or your dealer must return products to our factory for repair or warranty replacement. Return/Replacement: If you need to return your ADS Technologies product you should return the product directly to the dealer or store where you purchased the product. Each individual computer store or dealer sets product returns policies for their customers. ADS Technologies, Inc. cannot be responsible for the actions or policies set by our dealers. If you desire to return the product for a refund, you must get the refund from the dealer or store you purchased the product from. If you purchased the product directly from ADS please see the Terms and Conditions of Sale on the reverse side of your sales invoice. Returns to ADS Technologies, Inc. are for repair or warranty replacement only. If you need to return product to ADS Technologies, Inc. for repair or replacement you must follow these steps. 1. Call our Technical Support department at (562) 926-4338 to obtain a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. 2. The RMA number is valid for 30 days. 3. Ship the product to the ADS factory with the RMA number marked on the inside and outside of the package. If there is no RMA number on the package or the RMA number has expired, the shipment will be refused. ADS will not be liable for lost or mis-shipped products. 4. Replacement product cannot be shipped to you until the defective product has been received by ADS. 5. Once the product is received at the factory it will be tested and then repaired or replaced. 6. Turn around time is approximately one week. A repaired or replacement product will be shipped back to you. Warranty: This ADS Technologies, Inc. product comes with a One (1) year hardware warranty. ADS Technologies, Inc. (ADS) warrants this product against defects in material and workmanship for a period of One (1) year from the date of original purchase from ADS or an authorized ADS dealer. This warranty applies only to the original purchase of the product and is not transferable. This warranty does not cover any incompatibilities due to the users computer, hardware, software or other related system configuration in which the product interfaces. Proof of purchase will be required before any warranty consideration by ADS occurs. This warranty does not cover any damage caused by negligence, non-authorized modifications, or parts installed without prior written permission from ADS. This warranty does not apply if the product has been damaged by accident, abuse, or misapplication, or as a result of service to the product by anyone other than ADS. If your ADS product is not in working order, your only recourse is repair or warranty replacement, as described above. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES will ADS Technologies, Inc. be liable for consequential damages, including but not limited to any lost savings, lost profits, or any other damages, caused by the use of any ADS Technologies, Inc. product or inability to use the product, even if the dealer or ADS Technologies, Inc. has been advised of such liability or other claims. This includes damage to property and, to the extent permitted by law, damages for personal injury. This

warranty is in lieu of all other warranties including implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. FCC Information: Federal communications Commission Radio Frequency Interference Statement Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: * Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. * Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. * Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. * Consult the dealer or an experienced radio TV technician for help. Notice: (1) The changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the users authority to operate the equipment. (2) Shielded interface cables and AC power cord, if any, must be used in order comply with the emission limits.
2004 ADS Technologies. All Rights Reserved First Edition: September, 2004 User Manual rev. 1.2 05.03.04 Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. GarageBand is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. ADS is a registered trademark of ADS Technologies Inc. ADS Technologies (ADS) makes no warranty of any kind with regard to this material, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The information furnished within this written document is for information purposes only and is subject to change without notice. ADS Technologies assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or inaccuracies that may appear herein. ADS Technologies makes no commitment to update or to keep current information contained within this document.

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Record Your Old LPs or Cassette tapes to CD, Digital Music Files or iPod
> Convert from any audio source: cassettes, LPs, records, CDs & more. > Create music for your iPod and any portable music player > Burn professional quality CDs or transfer to your favorite audio device.

System Requirements.

An available USB port CD-ROM - for software installation CD burner - for making Audio CDs


Easy Capture into Popular Music Formats
Just plug the Instant Music into a USB port on your computer and you are ready to begin recording from any analog audio source into the most popular digital audio formats available such as WAV and WMA (Windows Media 9 Audio) and OGG. Once in a digital format, you can create Audio CDs and play them back on your iPod or any portable music player. You can even import your files into iTunes for playback on your iPod. Convert your old collection of cassettes and LPs into crisp, clear digital audio and keep a personal archive of your collection that will not degrade or deteriorate over time with Instant Music and Acoustica Spin It Again bundled software. ADS Tech respects the rights of copyright owners and asks that you do the same.
Windows PC: Minimum CPU - Intel Pentium 3, 500 MHz or faster Windows 98SE, WinME, Win2000, WinXP, Windows Vista 256 MB of RAM Macintosh: Apple G4, higher or Intel Core processor Mac OS 10.X An available USB port Toast 7 Garage Band or Sound Studio 2.1


Audio In: RCA Stereo (Left and Right); SPDIF (Toslink) Audio Out: RCA Stereo (Left and Right); SPDIF (Toslink)

Acoustica Spin It Again

Spin it Again is an easy to use Wizard driven software tool that allows you to quickly and easily record your old LPs and Cassette tapes to digital music files. You can save the music files on your computer and import to iTunes or other music players or create an audio CD. Spin it Again includes a simple interface to split music tracks, name tracks and tools for noise removal, declick and decrackle LP recordings. Choose to record from LP, Cassette or load an existing audio file from your hard drive. Follow the steps to record your music. Once recording is finished, detect tracks, use cleaning and effect tools, then name the tracks, add album name, artist and genre, then create audio files or an Audio CD. Spin it Again makes converting all your old tapes and LPs into digital music fast and simple.
Power: USB bus powered (no external supply needed) USB: USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 compatible as a Full Speed Device Capture Audio Specs. 16 bit Sampling Rate - 8, 11, 16, 22.05, 32 or 44.1 kHz THD+N = 0.01% SNR= 89dB Playback Audio Specs. 16 bit Sampling Rate - 32 or 44.1 kHz THD+N = 0.005% SNR = 96dB


Instant Music device Acoustica Spin It Again 6 ft. USB 2.0 cable 6 ft. RCA audio (L/R) connection cable with turntable grounding wire 3.5 mm Stereo to RCA Adapter Quick Guide

Part Number. UPC.

Pre-Amp Required for Phono Audio or Turntable
RDX-150-EF 7-57887-15013-6 Clamshell

Box Dimensions.

North American Office

ADS Tech Inc, USA 12627 Hidden Creek Way Cerritos, CA 90703, USA
European Office ADS Tech Western Business Park Shannon, County Clare, Ireland


Technical specifications

Full description

Just plug the Instant Music into a USB port on your computer and you are ready to begin recording from any analog audio source into the most popular digital audio formats available such as MP3, WAV and WMA (Windows Media 9 Audio) and AAC. Once in a digital format you can create Audio CDs, MP3 CDs or have the audio ready to be played for your personal music enjoyment on a variety of MP3 player devices. Convert your old collection of cassettes and LPs into crisp, clear digital audio and then create audio CDs and MP3 CDs so you can keep a personal archive of your collection that will not degrade or deteriorate over time. Use the LP or Cassette to Audio CD Wizards in the included Nero SoundTrax software to go from LP to CD audio in 4 simple steps. ADS Tech respects the rights of copyright owners and asks that you do the same.

Device TypeSound card
Enclosure TypeExternal
Interface TypeUSB
Audio Output
Sound Output ModeStereo
DAC Data Width16-bit
Sample Rate8 kHz (min) - 48 kHz (max)
Expansion / Connectivity
Interfaces1 x audio - line-in - RCA x 2 1 x audio - SPDIF input - TOSLINK 1 x audio - line-out - RCA x 2 1 x audio - SPDIF output - TOSLINK 1 x USB - 4 pin USB Type A
Software / System Requirements
SoftwareNeroMIX, Nero SoundTrax, Nero Wave Editor 2, Acoustica Spin It Again 2.1
OS RequiredApple MacOS X 10.x, Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP
Peripheral / Interface DevicesCD-ROM
System Requirements DetailsMacOS X 10.x - PowerPC G4 Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP - Pentium III - 500 MHz - RAM 256 MB
Universal Product Identifiers
BrandADS Technologies
Part NumbersRDX-150, RDX-150 EF
GTIN00757887150013, 00757887150136, 00757887150235, 00822778000651, 00683728126940



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