Record cassettes to Mac HD?

Rebel1970

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Feb 28, 2012
7
0
Bristol,TN
What is the easiest way to copy cassettes to my hard drive so I can either record different cassettes, or CD's?
 

Adz76

macrumors member
Mar 3, 2011
72
4
Dagobah System
I did this when I bought my first Mac, an e Mac about 10 years ago. You need a separate cassette deck, like you would find in an old hi fi system. It MUST have output on the rear to send the audio to your Mac. I used a cable that was two phonos ( for the rear of the tape deck ) which are red and white going in to a 3.5mm jack, like a headphone plug. Connect that to your line in on your Mac ( not your headphone port) as the line in takes audio in, the headphone jack doesn't. Then I used Peak to record the tapes and edit. I know that Garage band will also work, I messed around with it for a while but I'm more used to Peak. I know Peak has full editing options and I would guess Garage Band would probs have less options but you should be ok, if not you might need to buy some audio editing software like Peak ( not cheap ) .
Takes a bit of experimenting with to set up, that's the only difficult bit but once you're up and running, its very straight forward.
 

old-wiz

macrumors G3
Mar 26, 2008
8,318
221
West Suburban Boston Ma
My wife still has a cassette player in the kitchen - she uses it to play music while she washes dishes after I do the cooking. Her car is old enough to have a cassette player as well.
 

pilkenton

macrumors member
Mar 30, 2011
80
0
They should make Macs that have a cassette slot built in. For that matter a slot for 8 tracks and VHS tapes too:D



I think it would probably be cheaper and a lot less of a hassle to replace the cassettes with CDs.
 

Bear

macrumors G3
Jul 23, 2002
8,089
4
Sol III - Terra
They should make Macs that have a cassette slot built in. For that matter a slot for 8 tracks and VHS tapes too:D


I think it would probably be cheaper and a lot less of a hassle to replace the cassettes with CDs.
That only works when such a CD (or downloads) are available.

Come to think of it, I have CDs that are no longer available and are not available for download.