AT-LP1240-USB

Direct-Drive Professional DJ Turntable (USB & Analog)

MSRP* US$529.95
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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  • 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


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  • 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

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    Audio-TechnicaAT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog)
     
    5.0

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Outstanding Product

    By 

    from Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, Canada

    Site Member

    Pros

    • serious audiophile listening

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

      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
      • 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 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent for home audiophile use

      By 

      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 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Looks great

        By 

        from Bulgaria

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        Pros

        • Performance DJ

        Cons

          Best Uses

            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

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • DJ
            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
            • Audiophile
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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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:

                I broke my cover dust.Were can I buy a replacement ? Thank you.
                Asked on 8/30/2015 by mz from florida

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Thank you for your inquiry.

                  Please contact our Parts Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at Parts@atus.com for assistance with this.

                  Answered on 8/31/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
              • Q:

                Does this turntable come with a stylus or will I have to buy one?
                Asked on 8/28/2015 by Keven from Barstow, Ca

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Thank you for your inquiry.

                  The AT-LP1240-USB turntable does not come with a cartridge which allows the user to use their cartridge of choice.

                  Answered on 8/31/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
              • Q:

                When I switch to 'line' to make a digital recording, the sound through the speakers is very scratchy, even when I turn the volume very low. I have to turn the speakers off. The actual digital recording is fine. I use it with a Harman/Kardom Hk3475
                Asked on 8/20/2015 by Peter from North East, MD

                1 answer

                • CUSTOMER CARE

                  A:

                  There might be a ground-loop between your speakers and your computer. To troubleshoot your issue, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                  audio-solutions@atus.com

                  Thanks!

                  Answered on 8/26/2015 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
              • Q:

                Is the pitch fader analog or digital
                Asked on 8/18/2015 by Jose from Chicago

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Thank you for your inquiry. It is mechanical. It is slowing down the platter.

                  Answered on 8/24/2015 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
              • Q:

                Quartz locked

                Why is the Quartz lock set at 78, when 33 1/3 is the most common speed? Can it be user modified to 33 1/3? Are you planning to use 33 1/3 as the Quartz locked on your next model to be released.
                Asked on 6/27/2015 by f58tammy from Tucson, AZ, USA

                1 answer

                • A:

                  The Quartz Lock function applies to all 3 speeds.

                  Answered on 6/29/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
              • Q:

                CounterWeight

                i bought the turntable from a reseller on ebay and it didn't come with a counterweight. I asked them to provide me with one they refused. So, where can i buy a counterweight for AT-LP1240 ?
                Asked on 6/3/2015 by Dimitrovskill

                1 answer

                • A:

                  Please contact our Parts Department for assistance with this. Parts may be reached by phone at (330) 686-2600 EXT 5002 or by email at parts@atus.com

                  Answered on 6/8/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
              • Q:

                HeadShell Type

                Can you use a Technics SL series headshell on the AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable?
                Asked on 4/29/2015 by f58tammy from Tucson, AZ, USA

                1 answer

                • A:

                  It appears to be a standard half-inch mount headshell, so I would have to say yes, you can. Keep in mind however that if the Technics headshell is of a different weight from the stock headshell (which is 10 grams) the acceptable cartridge weight range will be different from the specified range of 3.5 to 8.5 grams. The total acceptable headshell + cartridge weight range is 13 to 18 grams.

                  Answered on 4/30/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
              • Q:

                how do you use the "Adjustable feet for leveling" on the 1240 turntable?

                how do you use the "Adjustable feet for leveling" on the 1240 turntable? I have it on a table that is slightly uneven
                Asked on 4/25/2015 by trishonadish from Los Angeles, CA, USA

                1 answer

                • A:

                  The feet are threaded into the base of the turntable, and they are screwed all the way in for shipping purposes. To level an uneven turntable, simply raise and support one corner of the turntable with one hand while unscrewing that coners foot with the other hand.

                  Answered on 4/27/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
              • Q:

                What is the spindle to pivot distance for the AT-LP1240-USB
                Asked on 4/14/2015 by f58tammy from Tucson, AZ, USA

                1 answer

                • A:

                  215 mm

                  Answered on 4/15/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
              • Q:

                hi, my turntable is not spining when I hit the start bottom

                The plate moves a little bit back and forward it is just like shaking the plate....not moving not able to pay anything.
                Asked on 3/28/2015 by bbmcoffee from United States

                1 answer

                • A:

                  Thank you for your inquiry. Remove the mat from the platter and turn it until one of the large holes is at the 2 o’clock position. You will see what looks like a white plastic pulley. Make sure the belt is NOT around this because it is not a pulley. Then turn the platter until one of the holes is at the 10:00 o’clock position and you should see a brass pulley. This is the motor pulley, so make sure the belt is around this pulley and well seated into the groove. Replace the mat. If this does not resolve the issue you may have a service issue.

                  Answered on 3/31/2015 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
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