Apogee duet.Tape out to apogee to mac. I use cd spin doctor to record. Audacity will work also . Furutech has a new usb device that does the analog to digital as well. Recently well reviewed.
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I use tape out from my pre-amp into a Mac Mini with an rca to mini adapter cord. I have used Audacity but I prefer CD Spin Dr. which comes with Toast and Jam by Roxio. Both recording programs are good and there are many more that may be better.
Before getting the full function pre-amp I ripped to the mac thru the audio outputs on my line level pre. It was a pain disconnecting and re-connecting everything but it worked fine.
Beware, upgrading cartridges and other related equipment may cause re-ripping syndrome.
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Could you give some details about how you are hooking things up? It sounds like you are trying to hook the tonearm wire directly to the input of the Xitel or iMic, which wouldn't work as you need a preamp with a phono section for gain and RIAA equalization.
NAD and Pro-ject make boxes with USB ports that combine phono preamp and ADC (Analog to Digital Converter). However, with the equipment you have, you only need a pre-amp or receiver with a phono section.
With the Xitel, I was hooking up the output of the turntable into the Xitel and then via usb into my iMac. If I go with a usb turntable (currently looking at the Project III usb turntable) I would hook up directly to the computer. My audio system and computers are in different rooms so it is not convenient to bring them both together, absent just moving the turntable itself near my computer. But then I would need a usb phone preamp then to send the signal from my TT to my iMac.