Cassette to MP3's

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by chazmox, May 23, 2003.

  1. chazmox macrumors regular

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    I have some recordings on cassette that I would like to transfer to my iPod. Does anyone have any idea how to do this?

    I have a FP iMac. I was thinking about using the mic input on the computer - will QT pro record off of this and save to MP3?

    Or is there another sw package I can use. Don't really want to buy QT pro again - already bought it once and then lost it when I upgraded to jaquar!
     
  2. strider42 macrumors 65816

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    Re: Cassette to MP3's

    go to versiontracker.com there are loads of shareware and freeware programs that can record. I'm not actually familiar with the OS X ones, but for OS 9 there is sound studio, coaster, and others. these record to aiff, which you then convert to MP3. Its nice to have a program that can do some basic editing, so you can adjust the beginning and end of each song (cause unlikes ripping a CD, there's no way it can automatically know where one track ends and another begins), and being able to do a little bit of basic clean up is nice too.
     
  3. benjaminpg macrumors regular

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    You can in theory use your microphone input, but I would recommend against it. First of all it is probably mono. Secondly the internal apple ones are generally not of very good quality. Instead I would recommend getting a product such as the iMic from Griffin Technology. This will allow you to record stereo input, and is better quality than the mic input. Next you will need a program to record. I would recommend the free Spark ME, available for download here

    You could also use this program with your mic input, but for the reasons stated above I would not recommend it.
     
  4. chazmox thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks this should help. With some of the files, mono is ok. Others stereo would be nice. I'll take a look at this solution.
     
  5. chazmox thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is the mic input stereo or mono? I'm not too worried about quality, because these are not music tracks, but some info would be lost listening in mono mode ( they are special hynosis tapes ).
     
  6. benjaminpg macrumors regular

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    I assumed that you were recording music. Mono should be fine for that use, unless the listener needs to have a sense of where the voice is coming from. I have no clue about hypnosis, so I might be completely wrong on that point.

    The apple site says that only the 17-inch model even has a line-in port. I assume that you have this model, or you wouldn't have asked. It doesn't say whether it is mono or stereo, but I would guess it is mono, just because that is what historically apple has used, and it is meant for a microphone, which only needs mono.

    You still will have the problem of the input being inside the computer which generates extra noise and static from all the electrical components.


    Good luck
     

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