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Converting cassette tapes to CDs


I posted this in gaygeeks but figured it couldn't hurt to post in my own journal in case anyone had any ideas/input. My ex had one of these to convert some recordings of his father singing, and I've got some stuff I just can't get on CD that I'd like to still be able to enjoy.



I'm interested in getting a stereo component to burn cassette tapes directly to a CD, or to record electronically. I know they exist, but I'm having trouble finding one. Can anyone make any recommendations on finding one, or any advice on how to go about doing this easily? I have some old tapes I want to convert before they all wear out.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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sistercoyote
May. 26th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
I own one. I'll have to go home to check the mfr, though.
esprix
May. 26th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
Keen! Do you like it?
sistercoyote
May. 26th, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC)
I love it - the kind of sad part at the moment, though, is that I have no cassette player to dub from. (Mine was bought to transfer from vinyl, and then both record player and tape player died.)
esprix
May. 27th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
OK, now I'm confused - what kind of setup is this thing?
sistercoyote
May. 27th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
Receiver <- CD player, VCR, DVD player, CDR, (cassette), and (turntable)
Receiver -> CDR, cassette

So I can record to the CDR/cassette from any of the things attached to the receiver. Assuming that I had a cassette player, which I don't at the moment.

Make sense? Or more confusing?
esprix
May. 27th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
OH, you've got a whole setup. Nice. What my ex had was a one-piece unit that you literally pop in a tape and a CD, hit "record," and it's done.
sistercoyote
May. 27th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC)
I take my music very seriously. (Well, okay, I take it as seriously as the moment allows.)

I don't know that I've seen a model like you're describing, though.
sistercoyote
May. 27th, 2005 12:42 am (UTC)
It's an RCA - I can't see the model number on it, but 1) as I already said - I'm very happy with it, and 2) it's about five years old, now, so they probably don't make the specific model any more.

Do I have to say "Hi, Opal?"
esprix
May. 27th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah I'm thinking with what you can do with your computer this would be something hard to find. Kind of like when I found one of the last cassette to 8-track converters for my old '77 Ford Grenada. :)

And no, you don't have to say hi Opal. Unless you want to. :)
sistercoyote
May. 27th, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC)
On the contrary - there are a lot of people (like me) who don't use their computers for their music...or am I a Luddite in this respect?
esprix
May. 27th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC)
I suppose with CD burners becoming more and more commonplace it's just getting harder and harder to find this kind of stuff.

But yes, you're a Luddite. LUDDITE!
platypus
May. 26th, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC)
It's pretty simple to do this through your computer, and you can play with the quality of sound (edit out the tape hiss) as well. I don't know what Windows software is best for that, but it'd be easy to Google (I'm not bothering only because I'm not sure if there's a reason you'd rather do it via a stereo system).
esprix
May. 26th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
I have a CD burner on my computer already, so if recording directly into my computer is an option I'd be open to it.
platypus
May. 26th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. You just get a cord that takes the output from your stereo and has a headphone-type plug on the other end, plug it into your sound card, and you're set.
boywhocantsayno
May. 27th, 2005 08:00 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'll have to make a note of this too - I have some tapes that I want to burn onto CD, notably a late-80s album of Russian rock music, called "Glasnost". It's a really good album, which I'll never find on CD. I also have some tapes that I probably will never want to re-purchase on CD, but will want to listen to at some point: albums by Jethro Tull, The Art Of Noise, Ray Lynch, Tina Turner and Billy Joel, to be specific. I think it's safe to say I'll never want to listen to Taylor Dayne again, though... ;)

I also have some filk tapes that were made for me by a friend (one of the members of Urban Tapestry), so I'll probably burn those as well.
esprix
May. 27th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
Mine are mostly albums they'll likely never issue on CD, plus some original stuff my friends and I recorded over the years (which in and of itself will be dangerous!).
esprix
May. 27th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
now I've got to look at my sound card setup. I think my old stereo has an output jack (it's not really standard on boom boxes). This could work!
platypus
May. 27th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
You *can* use the headphone out if you need to, but the speaker out or line out will be cleaner.
andrew_jp_reyes
May. 26th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
Check out my ThinkGeek wish list, linked off my user info. I have it as one of the items.
esprix
May. 26th, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC)
Rock. :)
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