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I need to back up some really old, valuable, cassette tapes. I am about to order this; http://bittyit.com/TapeLink/

Would anyone advise another route?

Thanks!
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Your link doesn't work but I would suggest using Audacity (free) and a double male stereo jack set, or an RCA to male jack, depending on the type of output your cassette player uses. If you don't have a cassette player, check around the thrift stores.
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Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss View Post

Your link doesn't work but I would suggest using Audacity (free) and a double male stereo jack set, or an RCA to male jack, depending on the type of output your cassette player uses. If you don't have a cassette player, check around the thrift stores.

Thanks for the input!

I considered trying something like that, but I am concerned that the quality of the audio might not be as good as I'd like it to be, and I'm also concerned that these tapes are very fragile, and it would be tragic to lose them. This http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...reetalklive-20 has some sort of measure to protect old cassettes to some extent.

I know very little about this kind of thing. If someone who does tells me I should go another route, I have no problem with that. I just want quality audio, and to feel confident that the cassettes won't be ruined (at least until after they're archived).
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Not sure what to tell you about fragile tapes. If they are that old and that important, you might want to have a professional digitize them for you.
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Here's a good link:

http://www.wikihow.com/Transfer-Cass...pe-to-Computer


Here's Audacity's wiki:

http://wiki.audacityteam.org/index.p...computer_or_CD


Personally, I use Amadeus Pro for audio stuff (when I'm not using something quite more expensive) and it's awesome for only $40. I've found the noise reduction to be better than some of those more expensive apps (Soundtrack Pro, Logic, Sound Soap).

http://www.hairersoft.com/AmadeusPro/AmadeusPro.html

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As Dr Millmoss said, though, if the tapes are that valuable and you are worried about them, you might want to have a pro do it for you. They can pretty quickly and easily slip all the audio onto a CD for you to work with later.

 

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post #6 of 9
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Thanks for the advice! I am going to look for a professional. I have one last question, though.. would you suggest that I look for a professional "editor"? Are there professional converters-to-digital out there?
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That's two last questions.

Sorry, I don't know the answers to either one.
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Originally Posted by LotharSNL View Post

Thanks for the advice! I am going to look for a professional. I have one last question, though.. would you suggest that I look for a professional "editor"? Are there professional converters-to-digital out there?

http://www.vinyltodigital.co.uk/audi...tte-to-cd.html

It's certainly cheaper to do it yourself and consider that items may get lost in the post.
post #9 of 9
Try a local university. They often have media labs with all the equipment and a handy tech guy who can do it for cheap or, if you are lucky, free.

That's what I did.
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