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    • firebubble
    • By firebubble 11th Jul 17, 10:11 PM
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    Transferring cassette tape to CD/MP3 - recommendations please!
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    • 11th Jul 17, 10:11 PM
    Transferring cassette tape to CD/MP3 - recommendations please! 11th Jul 17 at 10:11 PM
    Hello

    I have three cassette tapes which I believe contain childhood recordings of me and my siblings, and I really want to find a company to transfer them into a format we can listen to now - CD/MP3, something like that.

    I've had a look online, but none of the places in the first page or two of a goo gle search seem to have very good reviews.

    Can anyone recommend a company they have used to do this?
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    • London50
    • By London50 12th Jul 17, 12:02 AM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 12:02 AM
    http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/ion-tape-2-go-usb-tape-playermp3-converter-n69jw
    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 12th Jul 17, 12:24 AM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 12:24 AM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 12:24 AM
    Do you have a tape deck? If so, just plug it in to your PC (the line-in or mic input), play the tape, and record it in Audacity, which can then create the MP3 for you.

    http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/tutorial_copying_tapes_lps_or_minidiscs_to_cd.html
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 12th Jul 17, 2:11 AM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 2:11 AM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 2:11 AM
    Tape recorder headphone output socket to mic in on a computer and use sound recorder or better if you need to.

    if you have a tape player then a £3 cable is all thats needed.
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    • Backbiter
    • By Backbiter 12th Jul 17, 7:39 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 7:39 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 7:39 PM
    As above, it's very simple to do it using audacity on your PC or laptop.
    • Neil Jones
    • By Neil Jones 12th Jul 17, 8:00 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 8:00 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 8:00 PM
    Last time I did something like this, I had a Hi-Fi that could play tapes and a 3.5mm audio cable.

    Connect audio cable to Hi-Fi headphone socket and then to computer's Line-In socket.

    Using audacity, set source to Line-In, start recording, play the tape, stop recording after tape stops, then use audacity to trim the empty sections either side of the recording. Then just export to MP3.

    laptops may not be reliable for this, this didn't work on my laptop but YMMV on this.

    Job done.
    • firebubble
    • By firebubble 13th Jul 17, 4:47 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 4:47 PM
    Thanks all for your responses. Unfortunately I don't have a tape deck, CD player etc, and between my crummy old laptop and non-existent IT skills, I don't think DIY is the solution - I should have said this in my post, but I didn't realise it would even be an option!

    Thanks again though :-)
    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 13th Jul 17, 8:00 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 8:00 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 8:00 PM
    Thanks all for your responses. Unfortunately I don't have a tape deck, CD player etc, and between my crummy old laptop and non-existent IT skills, I don't think DIY is the solution - I should have said this in my post, but I didn't realise it would even be an option!

    Thanks again though :-)
    Originally posted by firebubble
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UK-Tape-to-PC-USB-Cassette-MP3-CD-Converter-Capture-Digital-Audio-Music-Player-/262119041859 for less than a tenner.
    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 13th Jul 17, 9:03 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 9:03 PM
    Above states

    Microsoft Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ Win 7

    What about Win 10 ?
    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 13th Jul 17, 9:45 PM
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    Above states

    Microsoft Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ Win 7

    What about Win 10 ?
    Originally posted by ballyblack
    It makes no difference, as the software included on the CD supplied is Audacity. The latest, which is compatible with Windows 10, can be found here: http://www.audacityteam.org

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOn-vU63A5Y

    But you can just use the built-in Sound Recorder/Voice Recorder in Windows, in conjunction with a male to male 3.5mm stereo lead found in any Pound shop.

    All of the units come from China,

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tape-to-PC-USB-Cassette-MP3-CD-Converter-Capture-Digital-Music-Audio-Player-Uk/162037959397
    The original link has extra P&P. I didn't notice it as first as I logged in from another country.

    If one wanted it quickly, you can buy from a claimed UK seller for around £12 to £13.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tape-to-PC-USB-Cassette-to-MP3-Converter-Capture-Adapter-Audio-Music-Player-UK-/110784058602
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tape-to-PC-USB-Cassette-to-MP3-Converter-Captue-Adapter-Audio-CD-Music-Player-UK-/122239245210
    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 13th Jul 17, 10:09 PM
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    It makes no difference, as the software included on the CD supplied is Audacity. The latest, which is compatible with Windows 10, can be found here: http://www.audacityteam.org
    Originally posted by WAYT
    In which case, there's no benefit to the OP for getting a special "tape to MP3 converter device", when it would be exactly the same process to install Audacity themselves and use a "normal" tape deck.

    I can't imagine that a £10 Chinese walkman is going to produce very good results.

    The biggest problem with old cassette tapes is that they get a bit "sticky", causing high, uneven resistance on the drive motor. It'd probably be worth getting a tape deck with a fairly high-torque motor so that the tape can be fed smoothly across the tape head (to reduce wow and flutter).
    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 14th Jul 17, 1:10 AM
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    In which case, there's no benefit to the OP for getting a special "tape to MP3 converter device", when it would be exactly the same process to install Audacity themselves and use a "normal" tape deck.

    I can't imagine that a £10 Chinese walkman is going to produce very good results.

    The biggest problem with old cassette tapes is that they get a bit "sticky", causing high, uneven resistance on the drive motor. It'd probably be worth getting a tape deck with a fairly high-torque motor so that the tape can be fed smoothly across the tape head (to reduce wow and flutter).
    Originally posted by esuhl

    But they don't have "a normal tape deck" or any tape deck for that matter. So what is your point? That they should spend three times or more on a fully fledged cassette deck?
    • Neil Jones
    • By Neil Jones 14th Jul 17, 8:58 AM
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    For three tapes only its probably not worth buying anything too expensive, so what I would say to the OP is find somebody - friend, colleague, neighbour - with a tape deck or something with a tape deck (most radio CD players have tape and headphone out, that'll do the job) and a PC and get the job done that way.

    I dare say smaller computer shops can do it too, it's just hooking a player up to a computer and recording and burning the input sound, not particularly taxing.
    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 14th Jul 17, 12:58 PM
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    But they don't have "a normal tape deck" or any tape deck for that matter. So what is your point? That they should spend three times or more on a fully fledged cassette deck?
    Originally posted by WAYT
    Yes.

    (post too short otherwise)
    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 14th Jul 17, 2:56 PM
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    Yes.

    (post too short otherwise)
    Originally posted by esuhl
    Ludicrous, when you are talking about voice recordings.
    They can loosen the cassette tape up with a pen or pencil. Otherwise the tape could break and then they'll need to deal with splicing.
    • Robisere
    • By Robisere 14th Jul 17, 10:31 PM
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    Try one of these: -

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/258-7999620-8081931?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=CD%2FCassette%2FUSB+recorder
    There may be more than one way to skin a cat.
    But the result is always inedible.

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