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Title: Cassette to USB
Post by: Bob Cap on April 18, 2014, 02:15:33 pm
Have a customer stop in the morning looking for a cassette tape player to USB output so he can transfer his cassette tapes to his computer.

I told him to just hook up his cassette deck to the input on the computer.

He doesn't have a cassette deck anymore... :)

Anybody have one they can recommend?

Bob Cap
Gilbert, MN
Title: Re: Cassette to USB
Post by: g'bye, Dick Rees on April 18, 2014, 04:23:28 pm
Have a customer stop in the morning looking for a cassette tape player to USB output so he can transfer his cassette tapes to his computer.

I told him to just hook up his cassette deck to the input on the computer.

He doesn't have a cassette deck anymore... :)

Anybody have one they can recommend?

Bob Cap

An Alesis iO2 and your choice of cassette player.
Title: Re: Cassette to USB
Post by: Steve Alves on April 19, 2014, 11:00:27 pm
How about something like this?

http://www.amazon.com/Ion-Tape-Express-Cassette-Converter/dp/B00A73KQPY/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1397962774&sr=8-4&keywords=cassette+tape+to+usb
Title: Re: Cassette to USB
Post by: Tom Duffy on April 21, 2014, 05:58:12 pm
Have a customer stop in the morning looking for a cassette tape player to USB output so he can transfer his cassette tapes to his computer.

I told him to just hook up his cassette deck to the input on the computer.

He doesn't have a cassette deck anymore... :)

Anybody have one they can recommend?

Bob Cap
Gilbert, MN

Something that doesn't require any computer futzing, but still has USB if you want it:

TEAC AD-RW900

http://www.amazon.com/Teac-AD-RW900-Recorder-Reverse-Cassette/dp/B006BUVOZ8
Title: Re: Cassette to USB
Post by: g'bye, Dick Rees on April 21, 2014, 07:13:02 pm
Something that doesn't require any computer futzing, but still has USB if you want it:

TEAC AD-RW900

http://www.amazon.com/Teac-AD-RW900-Recorder-Reverse-Cassette/dp/B006BUVOZ8

What part of this do you not understand?

"Have a customer stop in the morning looking for a cassette tape player to USB output so he can transfer his cassette tapes to his computer."

...from the OP.  Client WANTS to use his computer.

Title: Re: Cassette to USB
Post by: Tom Duffy on April 22, 2014, 12:42:08 pm

...from the OP.  Client WANTS to use his computer.

I'm jumping ahead to the next part of the conversation a few months down the road where they talk about using it for a couple of tapes and finding that it's too much work and is there a way to do it without so much manual work in the computer - slicing and dicing the audio they've captured.
If the customer asked the question, my assumption is that they have a box full of tapes, not just one or two.  If it was one or two, I'd think they'd just ask a favor of someone they know who does audio - "can you transfer these for me?"
There'd be some resale value in the standalone unit as well, so overall a low risk, high expected outcome for the customer's actual problem.   If it was cheap, we'd be recommended services that do this for you - that fact they're not common shows that the problem is all in the labor.

Tom.
Title: Re: Cassette to USB
Post by: Stephen Swaffer on April 23, 2014, 07:29:22 pm
I have thought about setting up a way for our church secretary to transfer old archived tapes to digital-they could just drop a top in a couple times a day.  I just wish Audacity or some other DAW software had an "auto stop" for recording that would stop recording after say 4 minutes of no audio so I don't fill up  a drive with white noise.  I guess it would be asking too much too have the usb cassette drive (there are some available-but I have no experience to recommend) communicate with the software to pause during tape reverse and stop and end of tape.  Can't believe that would be extremely difficult-and probably a market for it.  Obviously creating tracks would take time-though Tascam tape/CD decks have that capability built in-just a bit pricey for most people.
Title: Re: Cassette to USB
Post by: David Kaiser on August 12, 2014, 02:02:31 am
I purchased a similar unit and used it to transfer a tape while I was on a train to St. Louis, MO. It worked quite well. The unit I have does not have auto reverse on it, It came with Audacity,
Title: Re: Cassette to USB
Post by: Lee Buckalew on August 12, 2014, 08:03:14 am
I just wish Audacity or some other DAW software had an "auto stop" for recording that would stop recording after say 4 minutes of no audio so I don't fill up  a drive with white noise.

I can't say if Audacity does or not but ProTools, Cubase, and Nuendo all have session duration settings.  They are easily configured for a time limit. 

Lee
Title: Re: Cassette to USB
Post by: Jonathan Johnson on October 01, 2014, 01:31:49 am
If you have a few thousand tapes to digitize, you can probably justify spending a few thousand bucks one of these:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/562786-REG/Graff_Of_Newark_LC60553_LC60553_Stereo_Cassette_Digitizer.html

Any USB-based system will probably be limited to 2x speeds at most. The above will operate at 4x or 8x speeds.