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If I gather a bunch of songs on a playlist for sides a/b of the tape, how can I ensure that the volume for all songs is the same as it plays on the tape? Turn on the 'Sound Check' feature of iTunes. This will auto-level your music. I was thinking of finding an old compact casette recorder and putting the single line sterio output of my Mac to the ...


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The problem is not really the software but the hardware. Assuming you solved this (Audio Out of the tape deck in the Line In port of a sound card?), Audacity is a great alternative to Adobe Audition. Audacity is of course not restricted to digitizing audio cassettes.


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I would recommend one of two ways: 1: If your tapes contain rare or special recordings: Get this $130 USB tape deck and rip your tapes to your computer. (Note: there's a $100 USB turntable available as well.) Consider using this $35 preamp and noise filter if needed. Plan on spending many long evenings filled with tape swapping and mp3 editing. 2: If your ...


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Right inside your hard drive there are a pair of VERY powerful, strong rare earth magnets. Your hard drive also has a metal case which magnetically shields the insides. Its significantly more likely that your tapes would be corrupted long before the hard drives, with their plastic cases and exposed magnetic ribbons. Chances are there's a problem elsewhere.


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I used a Roland Edirol UA-25 to interface the cassette deck of my stereo to my computer (Mac), but only because I had one (Musician). I could have just as easily have done it using the line in on the standard sound card (usually the blue jack). I recorded using Audacity to record the audio and also do some post processing. However I could not get it ...


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1) Enable the "Sound Check" option under iTunes's preferences. 2) It's the ONLY way I think. Or rather it's the only convenient way. RCA inputs would be better than microphone in if your cassette recorder supports it. If your recording device supports optical even better. For ultra hardcore, use a DAC in between an optical output and an analogue input. 3) ...


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An alternate to itunes sound check is amplify (but don't allow clipping) or normalize. 3.5mm audio jack (three conductor) or step up to 1/4" is going to be the easiest. 30,45,60 per side are common, the length is generally stamped in the center opposite the magnetic tape. I would recommend that you leave 7-10 seconds of silence at the ends of the tape (to ...


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Sound Check in iTunes will adjust the sound level of each track to match the other tracks in the playlist, but won't adjust the sound levels within the track. Some cassette recorders come with automatic level control, or you can use an audio program (I recommend Audacity) to further normalize the sound levels. There are several sizes of cassette (30, 45, ...


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I've used an older Creative Audigy sound card for input on a PC, but the issue is probably more to do with your software. Try downloading Audacity. You can use it to save your recording from the audio in and edit the files into individual tracks. I've converted several old cassettes with it and am pretty happy with the results. You'll probably need a RCA to ...


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If you really want to create the best quality in your rips, you should search for companies that do this specialized work. They may have the best cables and best equipment, avoiding interferences in your analog-digital conversion. I'm telling you this because when we record from our simple laptops that usually have onboard soundboards, because of ...


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I know very little about Macs, but on the Windows machine, you can use a free tool like Audactiy to record sound from the line-in jack. You'll need a converter cable to get the output from the cassette deck to the 1/8" input jack. They have both 1/4" to 1/8" cables, and also dual RCA to 1/8" cables. On some cards, the line-in jack is a light-blue color. ...


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My Ion TTUSB USB turntable has an aux in which can be used for a cassette deck or other analog input. Many USB/FireWire audio interfaces will also have these inputs, so if you happen to have any of these, they are good alternatives to just plugging into the line in. Obviously, on the Mac, Garageband is a good alternative to Audacity, easier to use and with ...



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