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Tech: Cassette to digital

Les in Chorlton 06 Sep 14 - 05:09 AM
Joe Offer 06 Sep 14 - 05:13 AM
Les in Chorlton 06 Sep 14 - 05:57 AM
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Les in Chorlton 06 Sep 14 - 06:20 AM
JHW 06 Sep 14 - 06:21 AM
Nick 06 Sep 14 - 06:47 AM
Brakn 06 Sep 14 - 06:56 AM
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Subject: Tech: Cassette to digital
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 06 Sep 14 - 05:09 AM

I have some music on cassettes. How can I convert it to a digital recording preferably onto my computer?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Cassette to digital
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Sep 14 - 05:13 AM

Hi, Les-
If you have a cassette player that's reasonably good, run a cable from the "audio out" jacks on the cassette player (or the earphone jack). Plug it into the input of the computer.
Then you have to have software that will record the signal from the cassette player. I use Audacity (click), which is free of charge (freeware). It works very well for me.
Hope that helps.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Tech: Cassette to digital
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 06 Sep 14 - 05:57 AM

Brilliant Joe, I will give that a go in a few days and maybe share the product with you


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Subject: RE: Tech: Cassette to digital
From: Leadfingers
Date: 06 Sep 14 - 06:10 AM

I have a fairly ancient but still working sound system which will record from Cassette to CD , which seems the easiest way . CD will play direct into 'Puter


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Subject: RE: Tech: Cassette to digital
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 06 Sep 14 - 06:20 AM

Are such devices easy to come by Ms/Mr Leadfingers?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Cassette to digital
From: JHW
Date: 06 Sep 14 - 06:21 AM

I have dozens of cassettes which cars can't play these days so this could be useful. Out of the multitude of holes on the laptop should I be using the Mic socket? The cassette player will have a much bigger output than would a mic.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Cassette to digital
From: Nick
Date: 06 Sep 14 - 06:47 AM

Much like Joe I do the following

I have a cassette deck and run the output to my amplifier.

Out of the amplifier there are two phono plus which go from the output which go to a jack adapter which plugs into the LINE IN input on the computer which is probably on the back. For some reason they only seem to put Microphone sockets on the front (presumably for Skype and stuff). You could use a lead like this to do the same

You may need to go into the sound settings on your machine. Probably Control Panel - Sound - Recording tab and choose Line In as the input and play with the levels until you get it right without any clipping or distortion.

Audacity would be fine or any other software or DAW. You just choose line in as the input and again balance levels so that it's ok.

Then listen and record.

You could experiment to cut down on the need to do the recording in real time with doing it set to fast forward and then slowing it down in audacity. Be interested whether that works.






















Sorry that was a joke...


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Subject: RE: Tech: Cassette to digital
From: Brakn
Date: 06 Sep 14 - 06:56 AM

If you have any problems Les give me a call. It always sounds like a great idea until you get all your casettes together - I have hundreds. It a job that gets puts to the back of the "to do" list.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Cassette to digital
From: Leadfingers
Date: 06 Sep 14 - 07:01 AM

If you have a 'Cash Converters' or similar 'trade in for cash' store ' systems with cassette to CD facility are still around


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Subject: RE: Tech: Cassette to digital
From: Nick
Date: 06 Sep 14 - 12:32 PM

Or buy one new from ebay - about £10-£11 inc postage

Example

Does take a long time though so make sure you have a good system and that the results sound the best before you do loads.

The last thing I transferred from tape was the first paid gig (I think) that Hissyfit did. I recorded it (with permission) and put it on a CD for Hazel. I don't know where the original is now though.


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