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Ian Zack
Stereo to digital recording
on Sep 25, 2012 at 5:31:47 pm

I'm working on a historical music project and trying to help a historical society make a digital copy of a concert recording on cassette. The nice gentleman helping me has a home stereo with a cassette player. It seems to have no "line out" jack (just speaker wires). It does have a headphone jack.

He has a laptop (microsoft XP) with both headphone and mic inputs.
He also has a Tascam DR-07 digital recorder, which seems to have a line in input.

Any suggestions for how I can advise him to make a digital copy?

Many thanks,

Ian


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Peter Groom
Re: Stereo to digital recording
on Sep 25, 2012 at 6:01:55 pm

You really need a cass player with line out. You can try taking a headphone feed into the recorder but i think it will sound awful.
Also on the computer (which is really where you want the audio, you will need some specific audio recording software. Windows own recorder is rubbish. You can download audacity free. That will make a recording.

BUT really you need to be going Line level cass out to line level in which means it goes to the digital recorder and then transfer the file to the pc for making a cd etc.
Make it at 44.1 16bit if asked in a menu (no emphasis)
Peter

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Ian Zack
Re: Stereo to digital recording
on Sep 25, 2012 at 8:55:14 pm

Thanks for the advice. You made me rethink things and I found this, which seems like an inexpensive but promising solution:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/797585-REG/GGI_CT2DG_USB_CASSETTE_TO_...


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Peter Groom
Re: Stereo to digital recording
on Sep 25, 2012 at 9:14:08 pm

Yep, if Mp3 is good enough for you then yes its fine.
Depends what you might want to do with is later as mp3 sounds ok (if you keep the data rate up) but it is very lossy. You cant ever get that back.
Peter

Post Production Dubbing Mixer


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Ian Zack
Re: Stereo to digital recording
on Sep 25, 2012 at 10:46:55 pm

Good point and thanks for mentioning.

For now, MP3 is fine. Once I see how good the recording is I can go from there.

Thanks again


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Peter Groom
Re: Stereo to digital recording
on Sep 26, 2012 at 10:45:09 am

Cool
Personally I csnt bear mp3 for anything much beyond the car.
Why not record as uncompressed wavs as a starting format and then convert copies to lossy mp3.
Peter

Post Production Dubbing Mixer


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Bob Kessler
Re: Stereo to digital recording
on Sep 26, 2012 at 4:15:44 pm

Do it initially as 44.1kHz. There are plenty of programs that will convert from 44.1kHz (and many other formats) to MP3. Then your client will have a good quality version if he ever ned it in the future.

Peace,

Bob
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Ty Ford
Re: Stereo to digital recording
on Sep 30, 2012 at 1:48:20 pm

Hello Ian and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum.

I have one of these:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/544917-REG/Ion_TAPE_2_PC_TAPE_2_PC_US...

and find it works well.

Curiously, when I plug my turntable into its OUTPUT jacks on the back, it also converts the consumer line level of my Audio Technica turntable as well. My turntable as a built in preamp, so it's not just sending the unEQd signal from the phono cartridge.

Regards,

Ty Ford
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