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Tape To MP3

1. Can I record from my headphone socket?
2. If I plug a splitter into the line-in socket, can I record from two tape recorders?
3. It came up while trying, though slightly off subject, I hope you will forgive me: can I be logged onto one username, and have another username in a small window? (Rather than keeping on switching between users, when recording on the two at the same time. A bit like how, I hear, on a mac you can have a window of Windows open).

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1) yes, I have done it.
2) maybe, need more info of what your tring to doing.
3) No, because of Cookies

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On 2.: I have a whole collection of tapes, and would like to digitise them. So I have a 3.5-3.5mm wire, plugged one side into the tape recorder, the other side into the line-in socket, then use a recording software (NCH Golden Records).
I tried also using the microphone socket, but the quality was pretty bad.
So basicly, can I record two tapes, using one line-in socket which is split into two? Do you follow?
Or, can I somehow program the microphone plug to be a line-in one?

I also have mini-cassetes, but not a player for them. Is there anywhere I can get an adapter of sorts? In video cassetes, they had a piece the size of a normal VCR, with a 'hole' in the middle to put mini-ones. Do they have that for tapes?

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No mater what, it..

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Will not sound great, at best it will be OK. Turning up the volume on the tape player, when recording, to max may help and also running it through some filters on your computer. Your going to get a hiss from the tapes when copying them.

You can run 2 but not at the sametime with out overlapping. It would be better too do any editing on the computer then stopping and playing another tape, if that is the reason of the 2. The mirophone jack... you can only pick one port at a time, either the in port (line-in) or the mirophone port. If the computer had 2 audio in ports on the same card, yes you could, record from A, record from B.

The mini tapes, I looked on amazon and radioshack... Nothing at radioshack but amazon had a mini tape player for $33. If you just have a few tapes it would probably be cheaper to take them too a film mat (riteaid, walgreens or something like) that can convert tapes to CD.

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Better use line-out?

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I connected the line-out of my audio system to the line-in of my sound card (desktop PC). I suppose that's still the best option, since then the impedances match, although the headphone might work.
Used free Audiograbber SW to grab to file and convert to MP3, this SW recognizes pauses and splits audio into separate songs (use it to grab CD's too).

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USB cassette player

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I've seen usb cassette drives on eBay too. May be a bit more pricey but worth looking into if you have a lot of transferring to do.

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Hire Hardware

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Any idea where (in the UK) I can hire a tape to pc piece.
And, if I buy, which is best?

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As has been suggested above ...

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connect the line-out of your tape-player or amplifier to the line-in of your PC. What extra piece of hardware would you need except a cable?


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It would make things easier and faster, I guess.
On second thought, do they also only record at real speed? If so, I may as well get a tape recorder that does both sides automatically, and plays both sides.
I am using NCH Golden Records, because of the simplicity. Do others give better quality? it has a few limitations whch get annoying.
(one of them:) It has a trial period, so when that was up, I uninstalled it and reinstalled it. Problem is, that the files were saved in Application Data, and that was gone with the uninstall. Is there a way to retreive those recordings? It was 8(!) tapes, which I do't want to lose!
Thanks for the prompt reply

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