AT-LP1240-USB

Direct-Drive Professional DJ Turntable (USB & Analog)

MSRP* US$449.00
One-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.



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  • Features
  • Specifications
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  • Overview

    This superbly made, professional quality DJ turntable is designed primarily for DJ use in nightclubs, touring and mobile applications. It can also be used by music lovers to play their record collections at home. Its sleek, elegant gloss-black and silver design fits into any stereo music or home entertainment system, and its built-in switchable phono preamp enables it to be used with a wide variety of receivers, powered speakers and other A/V components. As an added benefit, the turntable offers a USB output that allows direct connection to a computer for easy LP-to-digital conversion.

    Built to deliver exceptional music reproduction even under the most demanding conditions of professional use, the AT-LP1240-USB utilizes a powerful direct-drive 16-pole, three-phase motor for unwavering speed stability along with easy back-cueing, forward and reverse play and quiet operation at 33-1/3, 45 or 78 RPM. The turntable features an S-shaped tone arm with adjustable tracking force (counterweight) and anti-skate adjustment and a removable universal cartridge mount (cartridge available separately).

    Additional DJ-friendly features including a damped cast-aluminum platter with stroboscopic speed markings and slip mat, an illuminated speed indicator and adjustable pitch control, a start/stop button, a removable stylus target light, a dedicated tone arm grounding lug, a hydraulically-damped lift lever and a locking tone arm rest that keeps the arm and cartridge in place during transport.

    The turntable includes PC- and Mac-compatible Audacity® software that converts the audio on a record to MP3, WAV or other format digital audio files.
  • Features


    • Direct-drive, high-torque, multipole motor for demanding DJ use

    • Fully manual operation

    • Start and brake control adjustments

    • Selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds

    • Professional anti-resonance, damped die-cast aluminum platter with DJ-style slip mat

    • ˝” mount universal headshell (phono cartridge sold separately)

    • Balanced S-shaped tone arm with hydraulically damped lift control, anti-skate, height adjustment and lockable rest

    • Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software to create digital files from vinyl records

    • Built-in switchable phono pre-amplifier with detachable RCA output cables

    • Stroboscopic platter with speed indicator

    • Forward/reverse operation and variable pitch control with quartz speed lock

    • Removable stylus target light for easier cueing in low light

    • Includes: Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software, Dual RCA output cable with ground wire, Two output adapter cables (dual RCA female to mini-plug male & dual RCA female to mini-plug female), USB cable, Power cord, 45 RPM adapter, Counterweight, DJ-style slip mat, Removable dust cover

  • Specifications


    Type 3-speed, fully manual operation
    Motor 16-pole, 3-phase, brushless DC motor
    Drive Method Direct Drive Direct drive
    Speeds 33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM, 78 RPM
    Turntable Platter 332 mm dia. die-cast aluminum
    Starting Torque >4.5 kgf.cm
    Braking System Electronic brake
    Wow and Flutter < 0.1% WRMS (JIS WTD) with 33 RPM
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio > 55 dB (DIN-B)
    Output Level Pre-amp "PHONO": 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec (HP-4005)
    Pre-amp "LINE": 150 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec (HP-4005)
    USB Function A/D, D/A - 16 bit 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz USB selectable;
    Computer interface - USB 1.1 Compliant Windows XP or above or MAC OSX or above
    Power Supply Requirements 120V AC, 60 Hz
    Power Consumption 13W
    Dimensions 450.0 mm (17.72") W x 353.0 mm (13.90") D x 166.5 mm (6.56") H
    Weight 12.5 kg (27.6 lbs.)
    Accessories Included Slip mat; dust cover; platter; 45 RPM adapter; counterweight; headshell; power cord; USB cable; dual RCA (female) to 1/8" (3.5 mm) mini-plug (male) stereo adapter cable; dual RCA (female) to 1/8" (3.5 mm) mini-plug (female) stereo adapter cable; dual RCA (male) cable with integrated ground wire; stylus target light; Audacity software (CD)



    RIAA: 20-20kHz, +1/-3dB (In: 1.5mV 1kHz)
    Tone arm type: Static balanced S-shaped tone arm with detachable headshell
    Effective arm length: 230 mm
    Overhang: 15 mm
    Height of tone arm adjustment range: 0-6 mm
    Tracking error angle: Less than 3 degrees
    Applicable cartridge weight:
    Without headshell 3.5 - 8.5 g,
    With headshell 13 - 18 g
    Anti-skating range: 0-3 g


    Conditions
  • Downloads

    AT-LP1240-USB Manual (pdf 1.19 M)
    AT-LP1240-USB/AT-LP240-USB/AT-LP120-USB/AT-LP60-USB Software Manual (pdf 1.05 M)
  • Reviews

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Audio-TechnicaAT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog)
     
    4.8

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (4)
    • Great sound (4)
    • Simple controls (4)
    • Durable (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

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    5.0

    Deal of the millenium

    By 

    from Londonderry, NH

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy Controls
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Great Sound

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        Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog):

        This is an OEM clone of the Technics 1200 series. But at 1/4 of the price. Well balanced tone arm, strobe platter, stylus light, heavy duty motor. I chose the AT120EB cartridge with it, and the combo is amazing. Don't hesitate.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Casual Listening
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        • Audiophile
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        • Less than a month
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        4.0

        Very happy with this purchase

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        from New Jersey

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy Controls
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Great Sound

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            Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog):

            Back in the day i had technics MK2's. The standard of its time. I'm back in the market for a pair of turntables like many of us. Your not a DJ unless you spin vinyl. Sorry but nothing like the real thing. I just recieved my audio-technica lp1240 and it is solid with serious drive.

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • Other
            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
            • Audiophile
            • How long have you used this product?:
            • Less than a month
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            4.0

            Better music

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            from USA

            Pros

            • Easy Controls
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Great Sound

            Cons

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                Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog):

                The overall quality and performance is very good. The only issue is the internal pre-amp. I would like to see a version with out the pre-amp. Other than that, a heavier counter weight would help with larger cartridges.

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Casual Listening
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                • Intermediate
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                • Less than a month
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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                awesome turntable

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                from north carolina

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy Controls
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Great Sound
                • pitch control is smooth and very accurate ..

                Cons

                • none noted

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog):

                  july will be 2 years that iv'e purchased 2 of the lp1240's.love the sexy looks,rounded edges makes it's very distinguishable from other turntables on the market. love the black hi gloss finish.no skipping when in hard usage in a DJ setting.pitch control is very accurate and holds that speed for as long as needed.took a while to get use of the digital pitch which requires a full revolution to adjust,but i'm use to that now and isn't a problem when mixing long mixes..sound is great with my traktor z2 mixer..solid heavy deck,and has wrist breaking torque.never use + 20 or +50 because in the standard +10 range is more than enough for what i do..so glad there isn't a center click for the pitch slide.all buttons feel great with a click letting you know that button has been pressed.i am a former technics owner and this deck is by far a better deck to me.with audio technica's long history and this being there only real DJ turntable they hit all the marks,and this being the companies 50th anniversary model job well done.thanks for giving me a real choice and a technics sl 1200 killer.

                  • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                  • DJ
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                  • Audiophile
                  • How long have you used this product?:
                  • Over a year
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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Outstanding Product

                  By 

                  from Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, Canada

                  Site Member

                  Pros

                  • serious audiophile listening

                  Cons

                  • none

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                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog):

                    I purchased that turntable to replace an older non high-end turntable. I use it to play the one hundred or so LPs which I kept following the advent of the CD. I am not disappointed at all with it. It has a powerful motor and a more than decent tone arm. It also features a stroboscope and a good internal stereo phono pre-amp which can be bypassed with the flick of a switch. Moreover, it has an USB output for use with a computer. Overall, it performs pretty well. The only thing that I may complain about is the light slip mat which might very well suit a DJ. However, since I am not a DJ, I would have preferred a thicker non slipping mat. Before ending this review, I also strongly suggest, since the headshell contacts are tiny, that you use a good contact enhancer and preservative such as the Caig ProGold, so you won't have any hum problem. Should you be looking for a decently priced turntable, either as a DJ or an audiophile, don't hesitate about this product. With a good cartridge, you will have hours of happy listening.

                    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                    • Casual Listening
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                    • Audiophile
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                    • Less than a month
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                    5.0

                    Excellent for home audiophile use

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                    from Lewiston, ME, USA

                    Site Member

                    Pros

                    • Casual Listening
                    • solidly built rugged easy to clean

                    Cons

                    • plastic lid scratches very easily
                    • quartz lock button isn't on by default
                    • slider button is plastic and doesn't center lock

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog):

                      I am not a professional DJ, I just use this turntable for home audiophile listening. While not technically designed for that it does do very well in this regard sound quality wise.

                      The dampened platter doesn't make noise.

                      I did buy an expensive cartridge for it as it does not come with one.

                      The speed accuracy is excellent and while this was designed for professional DJ use I found the ability to adjust braking speed and to play records in reverse rather nice things to have to customize the feel of it. The reverse feature is good because who doesn't own a record with backwards masking on it or just backwards messages?

                      The radio station I am at has 2 technics SL-1200 MK II turntables and this turntable in my opinion is just as good.

                      I was struck by the part quality for one thing. The tone arm lever is metal and has a screw on metal ball end. They could have easily cheaped out on plastic but did not.

                      The pitch adjust slider knob is smooth however the button is made out of plastic and that is puzzling considering the other attention to making sure the parts are metal. Also when you first turn on this turntable the pitch speed is not quartz locked. You must manually push the button every time you turn the power on however when the slider is in the middle there is no need for the quartz button anyway. The slider button does not have a center click which Audio Technica should replace this slider button with the type you have on the Technics SL-1200 MK II in my opinion!

                      The unit shell is made out of metal also which very much surprised me. In fact I cannot think of an electronics product made since the early 80s where the unit shell wasn't plastic. Easy to clean and won't be a problem keeping looking new especially if one is a smoker.

                      I am glad I got this model instead of the AT-LP240 because of the extra controls like brake speed and start speed and reverse etc.

                      There are very practical uses for speed controls for someone who is NOT a DJ. I am a musician and the ability to slow down songs to learn them is pretty valuable. You can even adjust the speed to what you are tuned to so you do not have to retune your guitar for every different album you throw on, just adjust the pitch of the song using the pitch and speed slider control.

                      Anyway all in all a fantastic turntable with fantastic speed accuracy. I like to listen to classic and do not hear any speed warble or pitch problems. It is accurate enough to detect a record that is off-center rather than the turntable making pitch speed problems.

                      The motor is very strong and you can tell this immediately when you use your old vintage Discwasher on it, the turntable does not like to slow down easily when pressure is applied to it.

                      Overall also the turntable feels like a quality very well made product that just feels like it will still be running in 10 years.

                      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                      • Casual Listening
                      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                      • Audiophile
                      • How long have you used this product?:
                      • Up to a year

                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Looks great

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                      from Bulgaria

                      Site Member

                      Pros

                      • Performance DJ

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                          Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog):

                          Cool d_sign,solid and stable platter,good pich control range. _xpect this model to the European market soon

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                          • DJ
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                          • Audiophile
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                          5.0

                          Review - AT-LP1240-USB

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                          from Toronto, ON, Canada

                          Site Member

                          Pros

                          • Archiving
                          • Casual Listening
                          • Mobile DJ/Broadcast
                          • Other
                          • Performance DJ
                          • rumble elimination superior
                          • Sound quality excellent
                          • very evenly weighted physical design
                          • very high torque

                          Cons

                          • availability in canada for this unit is minimal

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog):

                            I have been using the Technics 1200 for almost 2 decades. I came across this turntable through several reviews I've read online. I felt inspired to purchase one and give it a go. Upon receiving it and removing it from the package, I was impressed with the attention to detail, and the general appearance of the plynth, and general assembly. I was also impressed with the even physical weight distribution. All corners presenting same weight and structural control. When I held the unit, there wasn't any loose assembly generally found with plastic and metal constructed products as it is designed to present itself very ridgid.

                            Finally connected everything. I substituted a MK5 1200 with this one through the same mixer.

                            FACT:

                            - Startup torque more powerful on the AT-LP1240-USB vs the 1200 MK5, I put a 2lb weight on both units to compare. The AT-LP1240-USB launched itself in the same manner as with no weight. The MK5 1200 required 1.5 inches to reach full torque speed.

                            - Sound quality, very impressive. Same ortofon needle as other MK5 1200. Sound was unnoticably different. Both tables present a clear rythmic sound. Out of curiousity, I positioned both tables beside my Polk Audio SDA-SRS mamoth speakers on oak hard wood floor. The MK5 1200 had slight rumble, while the AT-LP1240-USB displayed the same sound projection as it did in the case, on the audio desk table.

                            - Arm release. The tonearm drop on the AT-LP1240-USB is slightly softer than the MK5 1200. I perfomed this test on the same LP in the same place on several areas of the album. The AT-LP1240-USB did not have any pops or crackles when the stylus touches the LP

                            - Flexibility: The AT-LP1240-USB offers many features non existant on the MK5 1200.

                            Conclusion:

                            Unfortunately my apartment got broken into. The culprit stole one AT-LP1240-USB and the other MK5 1200 turntable. I am now requiring 2 new turntables and will be purchasing qty. 2 Audio Technica AT-LP1240-USB units in a prox 1 month. The AT-LP1240-USB will be replacing the Technics tables in my little studio.

                            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                            • Professional Audio
                            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                            • Audiophile
                            • How long have you used this product?:
                            • Less than a month

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                          • Q & A

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                            • Q:

                              Do you need an amplifier to use it?
                              Asked on 6/11/2016 by A. Rab

                              1 answer

                              • CUSTOMER CARE

                                A:

                                To receive the best possible answer to your question, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                audio-solutions@atus.com

                                Thanks!

                                Answered on 6/13/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                            • Q:

                              Can Technics overhang gauge (52mm) be used for correct overhang?
                              Asked on 6/9/2016 by John from Germany

                              1 answer

                            • Q:

                              Hi, I just set up my turntable for mixing between two decks. I notice a small amount of pitch drift when quartz lock is on. Can this be corrected? Is there an adjustment?
                              Asked on 6/5/2016 by phil from New Jersey

                              2 answers

                              • A:

                                He didn't say he visually noticed pitch drift.

                                Answered on 6/23/2016 by stack from Madison, WI
                              • CUSTOMER CARE

                                A:

                                There is some error in the strobe lamp due to fluctuations in AC line voltage. I would not judge the speed by the strobe dots. Use your ears instead.

                                Answered on 6/6/2016 by ATUS_Specialist1 from Stow, OH
                            • Q:

                              Does a alignment protractor come with the AT-LP1240 turntable?
                              Asked on 4/27/2016 by Donny from New York, New York

                              1 answer

                            • Q:

                              I wanted to buy the audio technical turntable AT-LP1240-USB and I wanted to know which cartridge to get cause there's so many but which one works great with this turntable.
                              Asked on 4/21/2016 by Janek from Philadelphia, Pa

                              1 answer

                            • Q:

                              I want to use this turntable with a non-RIAA preamp to play 78s. Is the phono level output straight out of the cartridge or is it a padded preamp level? If it's padded preamp level, it will be RIAA equalized, correct?
                              Asked on 4/14/2016 by John from Los Angeles, CA

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                                A:

                                When the AT-LP1240-USB is in "Phono" mode, then the preamp is bypassed in favor of an external preamp.

                                If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                audio-solutions@atus.com

                                Thanks!

                                Answered on 4/22/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                            • Q:

                              I recently purchased the AT-LP1240 Direct Drive turntable and every time I try to play and record the needle slides off why is this happening please inform thank you.
                              Asked on 4/9/2016 by Dj EMAC from Bronx NY

                              1 answer

                              • Staff Reviewer

                                A:

                                Thank you for your inquiry. You did not mention what cartridge you purchased for the turntable. It sounds as if your tracking force is not set properly or you have a damaged stylus.

                                Answered on 4/11/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                            • Q:

                              I recently purchased an AT-LP1240 and I am waiting for it to be shipped to me. I will be replacing the factory felt mat with a rubber replacement mat.
                              The specifications listed on your site show the platter dimension as 332mm.
                              I am assuming that the dimension is for the largest portion of the platter which would be the bottom. Please let me know what the dimension of the OEM mat is so that I may purchase the rubber mat while I am waiting for my unit?

                              Thank You, Kurt Schaefer
                              Asked on 4/3/2016 by Kurt from San Diego, Ca.

                              1 answer

                              • Staff Reviewer

                                A:

                                The 332mm dimension listed on our site is for the widest part of the platter (including the outer rim). You can purchase a rubber mat for the turntable through our Parts department by contacting them at PArts@atus.com . This way you will know for sure that the rubber mat will fit your turntable!

                                Answered on 4/5/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                            • Q:

                              I'm buying a AT-LP1240-USB turntable and getting the Audioengine A5+ Speakers to go with it. I'm not quite sure if I need to buy a preamp for these speakers to work with the turntable? Please help!! Thank you!!
                              Asked on 3/29/2016 by Janek from Philadelphia, Pa

                              1 answer

                            • Q:

                              What needle and cartidage audio technica brand,i have to use with the lp1240 for play my vinyls records (all kind of music) and was the total weight of the shipping? Thank you.
                              Asked on 3/24/2016 by Josh from florida

                              1 answer

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                                A:

                                The official weight of the turntable is 12.5 kg (27.6 lbs.). The shipping weight would ultimately be determined by the retailer/dealer selling the turntable. A good all-around and affordable cartridge is the AT311EP. A step up is the AT120EB, and the AT440MLB. The cartridge will need to be properly mounted and aligned to the turntable.

                                If you have any further questions, including instructions on alignment, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                audio-solutions@atus.com

                                Thanks!

                                Answered on 4/5/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
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