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Title: Audio Tape Transfer To Laptop
Post by: Wayne Kisbee on March 06, 2018, 06:59:16 AM
Hi,

I have some old concerts that I recorded in the 90s that I would like to transfer to my laptop and do some tidying up in Audacity.

What is the best way to go about this?

Cheers

Wayne
Title: Re: Audio Tape Transfer To Laptop
Post by: twatts (that "Pants" thing is so lame...) on March 06, 2018, 08:12:15 AM
Hi,

I have some old concerts that I recorded in the 90s that I would like to transfer to my laptop and do some tidying up in Audacity.

What is the best way to go about this?

Cheers

Wayne

I proposed a "trade"...  I have some MDs that need transferring, and I can do your cassettes...

But your best bet is to get a nice cassette deck and play them into your MD.  Then do whatever you usually do with your MD tapes...

Terry
Title: Re: Audio Tape Transfer To Laptop
Post by: rocksuitcase on March 06, 2018, 12:14:13 PM
I've been using this workflow:
Cassette deck RCA out> Tascam DR680 1/4inch line in (so connecting cable is RCA to 1/4 inch)>SD card>PC. I've also used an outboard ADC into a MAC computer (deck RCA>ADC  (Echo Gina) > PC using wavelab to record.

My opinion is to go straight into a bit bucket of your choice (especially if it is SD card unit) then put file(s) on PC use Audacity to do post processing.

Just since I mentioned it (image of a Gina24/96): https://www.ebay.com/i/122992951117?rt=nc
Title: Re: Audio Tape Transfer To Laptop
Post by: Brian E. on March 06, 2018, 05:06:33 PM
Cassette recorder out > R-09HR in > SD card.  Use the WAV file.
Title: Re: Audio Tape Transfer To Laptop
Post by: Wayne Kisbee on March 07, 2018, 02:29:39 AM
Cheers for the information guys. Much appreciated.
Title: Re: Audio Tape Transfer To Laptop
Post by: splumer on March 07, 2018, 08:53:53 AM
Another option is a USB audio interface.
Title: Re: Audio Tape Transfer To Laptop
Post by: Brian E. on March 08, 2018, 10:07:01 AM
Another option is a USB audio interface.

USB out from a tape recorder?
Title: Re: Audio Tape Transfer To Laptop
Post by: rocksuitcase on March 08, 2018, 10:48:30 AM
Another option is a USB audio interface.

USB out from a tape recorder?
Like this example: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Studio26--presonus-studio-26-usb-2x4-usb-audio-interface-with-2-xmax-l-preamps
The Echo Gina I cited above was a similar device for old skool Macs using a 25 Pin Interface cable. (or Firewire)
You would go: Cassette RCA to 1/4" In on the USB device, then USB out to a PC/Mac. OR you could go into a bit bucket from ther,. The purpose of either the bitbucket or USB audio device is to take the analog signal and convert it to digital.
Title: Re: Audio Tape Transfer To Laptop
Post by: Brian E. on March 09, 2018, 01:38:19 PM
I guess.  Seems like the same thing we just said.  R-09HR has a USB out too.