Bringing old favourites up-to-date

Los Angeles firm ADSTech has expanded its range of digital devices with the launch of Instant Music; a small external USB 2.0 unit that makes converting analogue music into MP3 format a breeze.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  February 7, 2005

Los Angeles firm ADSTech has expanded its range of digital devices with the launch of Instant Music; a small external USB 2.0 unit that makes converting analogue music into MP3 format a breeze. Users simply plug the sleek white $69 product into their PC’s USB port and connect the audio in and out cables from their traditional stereo system or other analogue audio source (such as a turntable). It’s then a case of recording tracks from vinyl or tape cassette to convert these into digital formats including MP3, WMA and ACC. Users can save newly digitised tracks onto PC or burn them onto CD. The Nero Mix, Nero SoundTrax and Nero Wave Editor software bundled with Instant Music can also be used to arrange tracks into playlists, edit start/stop times or add a cross fade from one track to the next for a smooth transition. ADS also yesterday unveiled a PCMCIA version of its Instant TV Cardbus product for notebook computers and Instant TV PCI for desktop PCs. Users just slot these in to watch and record TV. In addition to its product launches yesterday, ADS’ sales director for the Middle East & Africa region, Tawfik Djafari, explained that ADSTech will open a Dubai-based customer service centre next month. “For the first six months of its life, this centre will offer consumers telephone-based pre- and post-sales support,” said Djafari. “After August however it will expand its operations to offer training sessions on topics such as video editing and using ADS’ products.”

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