Connecting Tape Deck - No Sound

Discussion in 'iMac' started by scoostraw, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. scoostraw macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Simple question, but I have not done this before.

    I want to connect an older stereo cassette deck to my iMac. I connected the line out from the deck to the audio input jack on the iMac. With the tape playing, I can "see" the audio signal in Preferences > Sound > Input. It stops and starts when I pause and play the tape, so it would seem the signal is there ok.

    However I have no sound from the speakers. Audio from browsers, Audirvana etc. are fine from the speakers.

    Am I doing this right?
     
  2. SecuritySteve macrumors 6502

    SecuritySteve

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    I think the mac might be confusing the device as a mic. I'd look into seeing if you could 'record' the input from the device, and then play it back from that recording to verify.
     
  3. jerwin macrumors 68000

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    what exactly are you trying to do?

    if you want to record from the tape, use something like audacity.
     
  4. vertical smile macrumors 68020

    vertical smile

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    I think you are right.

    With out software out output the input, you would be able to hear it.

    Exactly.

    To the OP: I can't remember the name of the software that I used to copy my vinyl to mp3, but it is in the Mac App Store. There was a couple of when I did a search, and I think I picked a free to try one, then purchased it after seeing the results.

    I am sure there are plenty in the store, and probably some free ones for the basic payback that you are looking to do.

    If you want to use Apple's software, I think Garage Band would work for this I think. At a minimum you are make a copy of the cassette, and play it back later.
     

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