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Convert Casette Library to CD

I have access to a rather large tape cassette library that is beconing obsolete because of technology. Is there a way to convert these tape casettes to CD without having to take the time it tkaes to play out each casette.

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Sorry, I don't think there are any easy solution.

A suggestion though; get yourself a timer alarm.

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I did not think so. Thank you for posting a reply

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Coverting cassette library to CD

Thank you so much for discussing this issue, i myself am looking for something to convert my cassette library to cd. Keeping all the cassettes is so annoying, they are no more used even if i do feel like watching some old video, i don't do it. CDs are so much easy to keep and play. I will also wait for someone to come up with a solution Happy

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No Real Answer to Wait For...

You can get high speed dubbing cassette players, even ones designed for the job, but you could likely re-buy your collection for the cost of the hardware.

There is also no real escaping the loss in quality you would get from high speed dubbed material, I suspect you would be pretty unhappy with the results. Even in dual-cassette players with a high speed dub option, the results were marginal at best, from analog to digitial there might be some clean up you could do but that would take longer than just taping well from normal speeds.

What I did was use one of my old PC's, my cassette player and over time just kept slapping slapping in cassettes, my cassette at least plays either side without having to flip the tape so I could get a whole tape at a time.

We made it sort of a family thing, I showed everyone how to kick one off, and so the wife and kids would slap in cassettes when they felt like it, same as me, about a year later I was done.

If you do find another solution please post it, I am sure a lot of folks would like to get out of their cassettes, but then again, that nothing is readily on the market to do this and there is no lack of consumers for such a product, it gives you a pretty good idea that you will not see anything soon...

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Sounds to me like there is an opportunity here for an inventor to come up with something.
Thank you for your post

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How about a slapping party!

It sounds like fun, haha.

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Converting takes time

The tapes are analog, so converting them to digital will unfortunately require time and effort. Look at at the bright side: This will be an opportunity to learn how to use your computer for something else than browsing the web or looking at spreadsheets, and will be an opportunity to maybe learn a new software. Then once you are finished, you can be happy that you learned the process of converting analog tapes to digital and possibly use the knowlege for another similar project, like convertng old VHS tapes.

If you had a Mac the process is pretty simple, but still takes time:
1) Buy a cable that is mini-stereo plug on one side to left-right RCA plugs on the other. Plug this into the cassette player and the mini side plugs into the Mac.
2) Use Quicktime to setup a "New Audio Recording".
3) After each song, press "Stop" on the QT panel and name the file.
4) You now have a choice to import each music file into iTunes to burn a CD, or to import into a nice simple free audio program like Audacity that will allow you to trim each file and save it in mp3 before importing into iTunes.

If you don't want to spend the time to convert the tapes, then do as someone else suggested and buy the CD or download the songs.

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