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Old Mar 1st, 2008, 11:59 AM   #1
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Audio cassettes to MP3

I know there are hundreds of threads floating around regarding this but none seem that clear or they may be out of date.

I have some cassettes I want to dump into my MacBook for archival purposes as well as wanting to copy them to CD. Most are voice but some have music as well.

What's the best method for this? Perhaps an RCA to mini cable? What's good (free) software to deal with it? Something that could break items into tracks the way a CD is treated in iTunes.

Thanks for your help!
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I know there are hundreds of threads floating around regarding this but none seem that clear or they may be out of date.

I have some cassettes I want to dump into my MacBook for archival purposes as well as wanting to copy them to CD. Most are voice but some have music as well.

What's the best method for this? Perhaps an RCA to mini cable? What's good (free) software to deal with it? Something that could break items into tracks the way a CD is treated in iTunes.

Thanks for your help!
The BEST method is a USB cassette deck.

If you have a deck with a 'line out' you can use cables to connect to the computer's audio-in. I've tried this and it is kind of hit and miss - usually you need to do some jiggery-pokery between the deck and computer to get a decent sound. I used an iMic once but it wasn't great. My son has a decent small mix board and knows how to use it which is what we (he!) did in the end.

EDIT: the thing costs $160 bux but at $10/audioCD that's only 16 cassette before the thing has paid for itself. Then there's friends, biz...
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My deck does have a line out. R and L. I'm guessing twin RCA to single mini cable. All that's left is software (and the multitude of personal experience contained in ehMac)!
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My deck does have a line out. R and L. I'm guessing twin RCA to single mini cable. All that's left is software (and the multitude of personal experience contained in ehMac)!
Garageband should be able to handle the software needs but I've never done it myself. You should check out the forums at http://www.apple.com/ca/support/. Although I haven't looked on this subject, there is always a plethora of comment on everything I have ever looked up. Audacity is worth a look, too.
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cassette to mp3

Hmmm...looks like a good idea. I also like to have an eq and a bbe unit in there somewhere, and some kind of cleaner-upper (sorry for getting technical on you there)

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I've used an iMic on a tape deck with good results. Final Vinyl (the free software that requires iMic as a dongle) breaks the tracks into files automatically. I then used Audacity to convert into MP3 and fix anything on the tracks I might not like.
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Is iMic RCA to mini?
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Old Mar 1st, 2008, 01:23 PM   #8
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Griffin Technology: iMic

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The original USB audio adapter! iMic lets Mac and PC users add stereo input and output to USB computers even if they lack audio-in or -out ports.

iMic allows you to connect virtually any microphone or sound input device to your iBook, PowerBook, PowerMac or other Mac or PC systems with a USB port. iMic supports both mic and line level inputs via a selectable switch, and provides a variable level output for connecting speakers or headphones.

iMic shines as the essential tool for converting your old LPs and tapes into MP3s and CDs. Connect your own turntable or tape deck to iMic and use Griffin's audio recording software Final Vinyl for Mac OS X (provided for free exclusively to iMic owners). Recording old records and tapes through iMic is super easy, with several advanced features such as waveform-based cue editing and built-in 10-band EQ. Final Vinyl can also equalize LPs without having to connect a turntable to a pre-amp.

Plug microphones and musical instruments into iMic, to make your own recordings. iMic is compatible with modern hardware to provide the perfect solution for almost any audio application, including:

Podcasting
GarageBand
iMovie
Final Cut Pro
System requirements

Mac: OS X, USB port
PC: Win XP, USB port
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Any solutions that wouldn't require me stepping RCA down to mini?

Or perhaps software that would do what Final Vinyl does without needed the iMic?
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Any solutions that wouldn't require me stepping RCA down to mini?
Is there an issue here? I don't see the problem - cables with RCAs on one end and mini on the other are a dime a dozen... Am I missing something? You are going to need mini to go into the computer?? unless you invoke some sort of USB/Firewire box be it mixer or iMic or whatever.

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Or perhaps software that would do what Final Vinyl does without needed the iMic?
Audacity? Garageband?
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