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recording cassettes (audio) to cd or harddrive.

by gord55 / March 19, 2007 6:41 AM PDT

The instructions I am receiving describes connecting the audio out from my cassette player to the line-in jack on my laptop. However, I do not have a line-in jack on my laptop. Do I use the mic-in jack or am I out o luck

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Dose the Cassette player have an output level control???
by jcrobso / March 19, 2007 6:57 AM PDT

If it dose then you can turn it way down and use the mic input.
If not Radio Shack has level reducing cable RCA plugs on end and 3.5mm plug on the other, it will reduce a line level down to a mic level. John

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Mic-in jack
by Dan Filice / March 19, 2007 7:00 AM PDT

Using the Mic-In jack works on my Mac, so it should work on a PC. On my Mac, I need to go into System Preferences and choose a path as to how audio gets into the computer and is then recognized by software. Not sure if a PC is the same, or if it's just a matter of software settings. Give it a try. The worst thing you do is spend $3.99 on a Stereo RCA-to-mini-plug cable.

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What kind of cassette?
by ahtoi / March 19, 2007 7:45 AM PDT

The trouble with mic. input is that it is usually mono and not stereo; so if you are recording music, it would be a bummer.

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Mic Input
by Dan Filice / March 20, 2007 3:37 AM PDT
In reply to: What kind of cassette?

Yes, the Mic input is mono. Lately, when I need to import audio from an older piece of equipment, I've been using my Canopus Analog-to-Digital converter box. I plug the stereo RCA into it from tape deck or turntable, then Canopus converts the signal into a digital signal. I import via Firewire. It's kind of a long way around, but the signal is fed into my edit program, then my edit program exports directly as an audio file without the need to bother with video. This audio file goes into an audio program where I can EQ, fade, etc. to create CDs.

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by gord55 / March 21, 2007 12:42 PM PDT
In reply to: Mic Input

Is there no way of recording in stereo without spending a lot of money on a converter.

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MIC Input
by Dan Filice / March 23, 2007 8:11 AM PDT
In reply to: MIC INPUT

My father-in-law uses a PC, and he equipped it with an audio/video card that has all sorts of plugs on it, which allows input of audio or video separately. I use a Mac for audio and video, so I can't speak with any degree of knowledge on the PC side, but I believe he is able to plug any device with RCA-type plugs into his PC, and with the proper software, he can create music files. This is cheaper than buying an analog-to-video converter. I'm not sure what software he has on his PC. I'm sure you can get either freeware or inexpensive software to create audio files. Try the Roxio website. They have some great programs for either video or audio for both PCs and Macs. I'm not sure how much the card cost for his PC. For me, the decision was to spend $200 on the converter because I use it for importing video from VHS tapes.

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What kind of cassette
by gord55 / March 21, 2007 12:34 PM PDT
In reply to: What kind of cassette?

These are stereo music audio cassettes. Is there no way to go analog- to- digital in stereo.

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by Riverledge / March 23, 2007 10:33 AM PDT

FIRST A STEREO CASSETTE DECK, A DECENT CD RECORDER and a good A/V receiver. This can be done without the A/V/R actually.
I don't know why everybody wants to compromise music (compression) with computers. I just use my stereo set-up for perfect CD-copies.

A/V/ Reciecer: SONY STR-DA-777ES
Cassette Deck: SONY TC-KE500S, and my favorite toy, the
CD Recorder : SONY RCD-W500C.

good recording,


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cd recorder
by gord55 / March 25, 2007 5:47 AM PDT

unfortunately the only cd recorder is the one on my computer. I guess the best way to do this is to buy or borrow a cd player/recorder because I have a lot of older music on cassettes.

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by Riverledge / March 25, 2007 2:07 PM PDT
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CD Recorders
by Dan Filice / March 26, 2007 2:53 AM PDT


I totally forgot that I have a Yamaha CD recorder, which is probably similar to your Sony. I love it. I haven't used it much since using iTunes and the computer to make CDs, but it's brilliant in that I can press a button and add chapters where I want (good for music that's just one long song), I can fade, add titling, etc. My Yamaha has a dual tray (one for source and one for record). The only thing I don't like about the Yamaha is that it requires the use of "Audio" CDs for recording instead of the generic blank CDs that we use in the computer.

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by Riverledge / March 26, 2007 3:19 PM PDT
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THE SONY'S PLAY SA-CDs as well, I doubt they record it. You're right about the discs required, however, they must be labelled "CD-MUSIC" or "CD-AUDIO". Not compatible with everyday "computer CD blanks(CD-R's or CD-RW's)."

I feel like I've been neglecting my CD-R. Mine has 5 disc changer plus the single recording unit.


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My old Yamaha
by Dan Filice / March 27, 2007 3:00 AM PDT

Here's an old link showing my discontinued Yamaha:

It doesn't play SA-CDs, but my OPPO DVD player will as well as play DVD-Audio discs. My Yamaha isn't a multi-CD changer. I opted to use iTunes in my Mac to wirelessly send music to my receiver. This allows my to easily make custom playlists. I think if I played my entire iTunes music library, it would play for 5 days without stopping.

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