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Now there's a simple way for DJs and entertainers to convert any analog signal into a digital file. American Audio has introduced the VersaPort, an easy-to-use universal audio interface that provides a powerful and affordable USB solution for using your CD players or turntables with your favorite DJ-ing software.

The VersaPort is a 4 input channel / 4 output channel sound card with microphone and headphone level control that hooks up directly to your PC via its USB connection. A USB 1.1 compliant unit, this convenient little black box lets you connect your CD players or turntables to your computer and mixer all at the same time.

A generic interface, the VersaPort works with virtually all popular Windows and Macintosh audio production software programs, including: (Windows) MME, MS DirectSound, Steinberg ASIO and Audition; and (Mac) Garage Band, Audio Hijack Pro (OSX) and Sound Manager (OS9) — and many more. It delivers everything needed for most record/playback and interface applications. With the VersaPort's wizardry, you can do any number of things, such as drive your computer audio software with your CD or vinyl players, or record audio with your computer's built-in audio recorder.

"We developed the VersaPort in response to our customers' needs for an easy-to-use and affordable universal analog-to-digital converter," said Tom Freret, national sales manager for American Audio. "It is really an indispensable tool with a variety of uses — from home audio recording, to serving as a convenient audio-USB interface. But we envision its main application will be for the growing number of people who are using their turntables or CD players to drive their DJ computer software."

The VersaPort includes a number of built-in extra features that contribute to its value and user-friendliness. It comes equipped with ASIO drivers for easy, seamless plug-and-play operation, with no external adapters required. Another handy, unique feature is independent microphone and headphone volume level control, accessed via knobs on the top of the unit.

Great for mobile use, the VersaPort is extremely compact and lightweight, measuring 4.72"L x 5.1"W x 1.57"H x 1.57"H, and weighing just 0.33 lbs. The MSRP of the VersaPort is $179.95.

Windows system requirements for the VersaPort include: an operating system of Microsoft Windows 98, 98se, ME, 2000 or XP. CPU: Pentium II processor 233 MHz or higher (Windows 98/SE/ME), Pentium II processor 400 MHz or higher (Windows 2000). RAM Memory: 64 MB or more. Hard Disk: 120 MB or more. Display: 800x600 or higher/ 65.536 colors (16 bit high color) or more.

Macintosh system requirements for the VersaPort include: an operating system of MacOS9 or later, or Mac OSX. CPU: PowerPC G3/300 MHz or higher. RAM Memory: 96 MB or more (Application Memory 32 MB or more). Hard Disk: 120 MB or more. Display: 800x600 or higher.

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