Tape to Mac creativity or better alternative

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  1. macswitcha2 macrumors 65816

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    I recently learned that you can convert tapes to mp3. This product here does the trick.

    Do you know of any less expensive way to do it or creative way that I can do this?
     
  2. theLimit macrumors 6502a

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    I use a much less expensive solution. I connect the headphone jack of my Walkman to the audio input port on my MacBook Pro. Then go into System Preferences and select the input and adjust levels. Then open QuickTime and record a new audio file. I use Audacity for noise reduction and breaking the recording up into tracks.
     
  3. macswitcha2 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Are you joking? LoL If you connect a headphone jack to a mac, all it will work as is a headphone jack.....LoL.
     
  4. Pixellated macrumors 65816

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    He is correnct, you can connect a walkman to your Mac's line in...
     
  5. js81 macrumors 65816

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    :facepalm: He's talking about the LINE IN jack, not the HEADPHONE OUT jack. I do this all the time with my iMac, except I use Audacity to record and Soundflower to reroute... geez...
     
  6. Pomeroy macrumors 6502

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    He's not joking, I converted all my tapes using a similar method about 10 years ago with a $3.00 patch cord from Radio Shack.
     
  7. macswitcha2 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Does this work with a boombox? What cord do I need?
     
  8. theLimit macrumors 6502a

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    Admittedly, the sound quality via this method isn't the best, a cassette player with a line-level output would have been ideal. But some things I was either too cheap to buy in a digital format, or there were no other available recordings. I was able to make backup copies of everything for just a couple dollars.

    I used a standard 1/8" male to 1/8" male patch cord. Your boombox may need a 1/4" adapter, but those are cheap as well and also come with any decent set of headphones.
     

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