Question about ION Audio iTTUSB Turntable

1 Answer

Arm does not track properly but skips across records

Just bought and installed a TTUSB05XL turntable and I am unable to record as the tonearm keeps skipping across the vinyl. Have searched the documentation for any info on adjustment but can find nothing other than troubleshooting for the software. The same vinyls play perfectly ok on my conventional Dual turntable.

Any help gratefully appreciated

Mike Barnes

Posted by on

  • mbarnes01 Jan 07, 2009

    Thanks for your reply, but I can find no documents for the turntable itself and nothing on the arm itself that looks capable of adjustment. I have solved the problem temporarily by the addition of some Blutack as a weight, but any thoughts on a more permanent solution would be welcome.

×

1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 3 Answers

Just guessing, but it sounds like you haven't counterbalanced your tone arm.  When a tone arm skips, it's usually because there's too much counter weight on the rear of the tone arm.  You want between 3-5 grams, but first you have to calibrate your tone arm (balance it so you know where zero is).  If you don't know how to do this, refer to the Ion directions called "Tonearm Setup" in the instructions.  

Posted on Jan 04, 2009

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Turntable skips regularly


Once adjusted to the correct weight for the type of cartridge then the arm should only jump on a bad record. If it keeps on jumping then either there is something wrong with the platter, being warped or a bad matt. Or there is something in the mechanism that is causing the jumps. Either of these two causes is possible if it does it in the same position on two different records.

Mar 05, 2014 | Technics Turntables

1 Answer

All 33 records seem to be skipping. Is there a weight adjustment option for teh tone arm?


there is a counter weight on the rear of the tonearm that will add weight to the stylis (tracking force)

Apr 29, 2013 | Jensen JTA460 Turntable

1 Answer

The arm just slides across the record.


The link for this model's manual is a dead-end at the Panasonic website. I lodged an email complaint.

If the tonearms balance and anti-skate are set properly it should track correctly.

When you lower the tonearm does it actuallu drop onto the platter or does it seem to hover? Look at the stylus to make sure a dustball hasn't clogged the tip.

Jan 19, 2011 | Technics SL-BD20D Turntable

1 Answer

When i play a record it skips and when i play it on another turntable the same record doesnt skip


Hi, most likely a worn stylus or the tracking weight is set too lightly. Adjust the balance weight at the back end of tonearm forward slightly. If no weight adjustment available put a very small coin on the end of tonearm above the stylus. styluscity@gmail.com

Jul 08, 2010 | Technics SL-1200 Turntable

2 Answers

Tonearm skips imediately to center of album


Your stylus is damaged or worn. Or some one may have spun the balancing weight at the rear of the tonearm. Reset the weight so that it will drop when two postage stamps are lain upon the stylus end of the arm.

Sep 08, 2009 | Turntables

1 Answer

The stylus skips across the record, despite readjusting the tracking force and the anti-skate control. After repeated adjustments for too little and too much weight, nothing helps. Does the stylus need...


If your needle skips across the record, then there is only 1 thing wrong with it... it's broken, and needs to be replaced.

If after you've replaced the stylus, and problem persists, then you have something a little more serious... Tonearm damage. More than likely not, but just in case replace the stylus does not help.

Good luck!


- OPTiC
Master Tech
Digital Analog Therapy
Technics Repair : Technics Turntable Parts


Aug 25, 2009 | Turntables

1 Answer

Only records 3 or 4 out of 10 songs


Please describe the exact model number and what it's doing wrong (skipping, I suspect). The tonearm setup is critical for proper tracking. Do it again with extreme care if mistracking is your problem.

I found one model online and a review with some sample of music. Quite interesting...

http://www.everythingusb.com/ion_ttusb10_usb_turntable_13231.html

The author complained about some things that clearly mark him as a stranger to finer turntables. Complaining about having to assemble and position the 'rubber band', aka the drivebelt, and the tonearm counterweight shows that he underestimates the precision required to for a mechanism to properly track the microscopic undulations of the groove without skipping into the air or gouging it to death.

Some basics when recording from a turntable...
1) Place the turntable as far from speakers as possible on a solid surface that you will not touch during the recording
2) Keep the volume low enough that airborne sounds don't cause mistracking of the stylus *
3) Avoid anything that will cause vibration or movement of the turntable.
* If you have a subwoofer, turn it off.

Some advice after reading the articel: don't try to save recording time by playing the discs at 45rpm. The best tracking of the disc and recording of the minute details in the grooves will be at the nativespeed of the recording. Digital manipulation later only gloms up the accuracy you probably want.

In general, the fewer the conversions steps in the analog domain, the better; and the fewer the bit rate conversions in the digital domain, the better.

Apr 03, 2009 | ION Audio Vinyl Recording Turntable

1 Answer

Turntable starts playing record middle 1st song


The tonearm lift is no longer level as it should be and the arm is sliding along it under gravity as the arm lowers to the record. Has it received a knock?

Have a close look to see whether it has been tilted slightly. That would be enough to give the problem.

Jan 24, 2009 | Kenwood KD-291RC Turntable

3 Answers

Difficulty balancing the tone arm on kd-1033 turntable.


A new stylus should not change the tone arm balance setting if it is the correct stylus.

Does your arm have a sliding balance weight at the rear of the arm? If so you can slide this slightly towards the cartridge to regain the correct playing weight.

I would suggest you get a repair shop to do this for you, or you could finish up damaging your records.

Jan 01, 2009 | Kenwood KD-291RC Turntable

2 Answers

Tone arm skipping/not moving on especially at end of record


The issue is with your tonearm, and not your tracking. You probably have slight damage to the tonearm bearings, which will cause this. There are 2 options... you can try to adjust the pivoting screw at the top of the tonearm ... However, WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS, because once you mess with this screw, it's EXTREMELY difficult to get it back to the correct setting, as this screw is machine calibrated at the factory. So, we only recommend this when you have no other choice, or it's an emergency (the middle of a set).

You can view a video on how to do this, by going here - http://djprolab.com

Eventually, your going to have to have your Technics Tonearm replaced. This should be done by a professional, as it is not an easy replacement.

- OPTiC
The Technics Expert
Technics Repair
DJ Equipment

Dec 11, 2008 | Technics SL-1210MK5 Turntable

Not finding what you are looking for?
ION Audio iTTUSB Turntable Logo

900 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top ION Audio Turntables Experts

 Grubhead
Grubhead

Level 3 Expert

4590 Answers

Ben Armstrong

Level 2 Expert

332 Answers

Jose Ma DM.
Jose Ma DM.

Level 3 Expert

485 Answers

Are you an ION Audio Turntable Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...