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using older cassette deck with laptop and audacity

by DVATERS / March 10, 2015 1:04 AM PDT

Hello My name is Debbie

I was hoping if someone could help me. I have an older stereo with no working speakers. but i do have line in and line out I was just wondered if there was any way could i hook up an old cassette stereo to a flat screen tv and my laptop using rca have the sound coming out from my tv, and record the cassette from audacity.. there is no line option in audacity. i am using windows 8 on a laptop.
Any Help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank You

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Line in?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 10, 2015 1:26 AM PDT
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I am not clear as to why you have to...
by Oldartq / March 10, 2015 5:33 AM PDT

go through the tv? You have a line-in connection on the laptop? If so, why not just line-out (cassette) to line-in (laptop)? Or you mean "sound coming from the tv" as in tv speaker? I am just a bit puzzle or maybe I am just not familiar with audacity.

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re Using older cassette deck with laptop and audacity
by DVATERS / March 10, 2015 9:47 AM PDT

I lined-out cassette deck to line-in (laptop
, but the sound still comes out through my computer speakers and not the tv speakers and the sound is very horrible

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Sounds like a setup issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 10, 2015 10:07 AM PDT

As to the horrible sound the LINE IN signal is easy to overpower. Drop the volume on the player.

Remember this has been kicked around thousands of times in the Audacity forum. But here's the rub, I've yet to find the settings to be the same or in the same place across 2 PCs. Keep fiddling.

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My goodness, I am really confused now.
by Oldartq / March 10, 2015 4:29 PM PDT

What's your objective here? What are you try to accomplish here with your cassette music? Did you want to record it to the laptop, but you keep mentioning the tv?

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Ussing cassetec deck with laptop and audicity
by DVATERS / March 11, 2015 12:46 AM PDT

I want the sound portion of my cassette deck hook hooked up to my tv so i can listen to the cassette
deck through my internal tv speakers, and hooked it to my laptop line in port so audacity will recognize it as a a line in so i can maunally record the cassette to my pc.

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Re: TV
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 11, 2015 12:55 AM PDT

The usual TV doesn't have input for audio, only for video. So that won't work.

The better route is:
- cassette recorder to audio-in of laptop
- hdmi-out of laptop to hdmi-in of TV (with the sound output set to hdmi)

While the sound is on the laptop you can record it.
Most TV's don't have very good sound. Connecting a good speaker set to the audio out of your laptop should result in better sound.


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