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Discussion in 'iMac' started by kindlykritter, May 7, 2011.
Can I transfer cassette tapes to cd's on an imac? If so, how do I do it, step by step?
You can connect a tap player to the mic input/line in on the mac..
You would probably need some RCA-mini jack adapter (http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10429&cs_id=1042902&p_id=7188&seq=1&format=2)
Then you can just press play in the tape player, and record on your audio recorder in OSX (Garage band).
Then save as mp3 or what ever format you want and burn to a cd.
I don't know how to record on Garage Band. I'm trying to record musical tapes onto my computer, not create a song.
I know you are not trying to create a song.
I only used garage band as an example because it can record from a line in/mic source. It doesn't have to be garage band.. It is included with your mac and you don't have to download any extra software that is why I suggested it.
Audicity is another option for recording audio. It is free and you can get it from
Thanks. I understand. But I don't know how to use Audacity either.
I hooked everything up the way they say but the tapes just don't record. There's just a flat line.
The cassette is old music I recorded off a radio station. I don't know if that has anything to do with it or not. But the line is flat on both GarageBand and Audacity.
I need somebody to walk me through this to make sure I'm clicking all the right buttons. I thought I'd call Radio Shack.
Thank you for your suggestions.
This should be helpful:
Macworld.com: Digitize your cassettes and LPs
I use the USB-based iMic as listed in the above step-by-step procedure. I did not have audio input on my Mini. It's worked well for me. The one thing is I don't hear anything as it's being recorded (I do not have a flat line though as it's recording which to me suggests you are not getting sound in to your computer), the recorded files though, come through loud and clear. I record using the Final Vinyl software that comes free with the iMic, but I second GarageBand as a free and perfectly suitable option.
Might I suggest checking your input on your Sounds control panel within Settings? Make sure you have "Audio line-in port" selected. This is probably your problem, assuming you have everything plugged in properly.