Record cassettes to Mac HD?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Rebel1970, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. Rebel1970 macrumors newbie

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    What is the easiest way to copy cassettes to my hard drive so I can either record different cassettes, or CD's?
     
  2. Adz76 macrumors member

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    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.
     
  3. omegaphil6 macrumors 6502

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  4. OLDCODGER macrumors 6502a

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    An update from wire spool. You should try one. :)
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    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.
     
  6. pilkenton macrumors member

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    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.
     
  7. Bear macrumors G3

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    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.
     

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