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Device to convert cassette to digital file?
Posted by: stephen
Date: July 23, 2020 07:21PM
I was going to ask a friend with a sound studio to convert one tape, but as I look around there are probably ten that would be nice to convert/preserve, and that's starting to get annoying.

Anyone tried any of the cheap devices for doing this?
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Re: Device to convert cassette to digital file?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: July 23, 2020 07:40PM
n4n, it's not like a cassette has great sound to begin with.
I'd bet any of the inexpensive devices at beezees would do the job just fine.



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Re: Device to convert cassette to digital file?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: July 23, 2020 07:58PM
More importantly, is the DECK used to output the analog audio any good?



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Re: Device to convert cassette to digital file?
Posted by: August West
Date: July 23, 2020 08:08PM
And if the deck is okay, maybe you can use some sort of usb camera attachment to get the audio into the computer. I think at one point I had no interface to digitize, so I ran analog RCAs into a Video Camera with Firewire connection ,and digitized on the cheap and dirty (Cue Newt), Best of luck.



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Re: Device to convert cassette to digital file?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: July 23, 2020 08:15PM
That is why I still have my TRV-900 miniDV 3 chip camera. Analog in streams over FW if you know the trick.



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Re: Device to convert cassette to digital file?
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: July 23, 2020 08:34PM
Toast used to be able to do that. I converted a bunch of reels to the computer and then to CD.



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Re: Device to convert cassette to digital file?
Posted by: rz
Date: July 23, 2020 08:34PM
I have a half decent tape deck hooked up to an old Macbook using a Griffin iMic. I use Audacity to record the audio.
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Re: Device to convert cassette to digital file?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: July 23, 2020 09:20PM
Unless the source is a personal recording just rebuy the titles.

Used cassette decks can be bought and resold otherwise. The level of complexity for digitizing can range from only a set of cables into your Mac’s mic input to [far more].
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Re: Device to convert cassette to digital file?
Posted by: Schpark
Date: July 24, 2020 09:16AM
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I have a half decent tape deck hooked up to an old Macbook using a Griffin iMic. I use Audacity to record the audio.

I do the same with the iMic and Final Vinyl that came with it and it still works on my 2010 iMac. Have a decent 3-head Yamaha cassette deck (KX-930) and my recorded tapes sounded much better than commercial cassettes.



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Re: Device to convert cassette to digital file?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: July 24, 2020 11:33AM
At the library we had a few people wanting to do this type of conversion, ended up just connecting a cassette tape deck up to an Olympus LS-10 audio recorder. Plenty of formats available on the LS-10, was able to to preserve the available quality on the tape. Same could be done with a different model of a good audio recorder.
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Re: Device to convert cassette to digital file?
Posted by: raz
Date: July 24, 2020 04:01PM
I used to use an iMic and Final Vinyl, but when I tried it recently, the iMic had dies (or the OS doesn't recognize it).

I picked up one of these:

[www.amazon.com]

It works very well - likely better than the iMic, and Audacity (free) is far better than Final Vinyl.



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